Paid Sick Leave in New Jersey, is it the next governmental interference? Or, long overdue for the workers of the state? This week the bill was being debated in an Assembly Committee hearing. What the bill offers, one paid hour of sick time for each 30 hours worked, to a maximum of 5 days each year. The bill about a year old now is being championed by Assembly woman Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill).
Business as expected are against the measure, citing the recent increase in the minimum wage, and healthcare reform. The sick-day bill has some issues. For one it doesn’t have a requirement for “proof of sickness”, and what employers are included in the bill? A business with one employee, would they be affected by the bill?
If the committee works on closing up some holes in the legislation it should be passed by the legislature. As for Governor Christie signing? That I would not expect to happen especially with his presidential aspirations; and his past veto actions. I think to answer the opening questions you must first ask, why the need for a bill? And that answer is really pretty simple. Too many employers are not treating their workers with respect. Case in point the bill that mandated a minimum wage increase. Oh wasn’t that a ballot question? Which is where mandated sick days may be heading, possibly by 2015?