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New Jersey Passes Earned Paid Sick Leave Law

Law Preempts Local Sick Leave Ordinances

A new law will generally require New Jersey employers to provide earned paid sick leave to each employee in New Jersey beginning October 29, 2018. Notably, the law preempts all local sick leave ordinances. The following chart summarizes the law and its requirements.

Which Employees and Employers Are Covered?   All employers and paid employees in New Jersey.
Must an Employer Compensate Leave? Yes. An employer generally must pay an employee for earned sick leave at the same rate of pay with the same benefits as he or she normally earns. However, an employee is generally not entitled to payment of unused earned sick leave upon termination, resignation, or retirement.
How Much Leave May an Employee Accrue and Use? 40 hours
Which Life Events Qualify for Leave?
  • Mental or physical illness or injury of an employee or his or her family member.
  • Attending certain meetings or events for a child's education or care.

Additional requirements and exceptions apply. Click here to read the new law.


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