New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law Enacted


Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill into law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) beginning October 29, 2018 that will override any local ordinances. This mandate will be enforced by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Employees will accrue one hour of PSL every 30 hours worked, with a maximum of 40 hours a year. Employers may allow ‘front-load’ leave to give employees the full amount of PSL for a benefit year on the first day of the benefit year. Employers cannot be required to allow an employee to roll-over more than 40 hours to the following year.

Accruals will begin on the effective law date, October 29, 2018. Employees will be eligible to use the accrued PSL on the 120th calendar day after employment begins unless an employer agrees to an earlier date.

All 13 cities with their own local ordinances (Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Irvington, Jersey City, Montclair, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, Passaic, Paterson, Plainfield, and Trenton) will have to abide by the state law that prevents additional municipalities from enacting future PSL mandates.

You can read the official announcement by Governor Murphy's office here

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