New Jersey law requires that public sector employees receive 15 days' paid sick leave each year (in the first year, one working day per month for each month of service). Public employees can accumulate sick leave from year to year, with no limitations (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 11:A6-5).
Sick leave may be used by state employees who are unable to work because of personal illness or injury, exposure to contagious disease, or care, for a reasonable period of time, of a seriously ill member of the employee's immediate family; or death in the employee's immediate family (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 4A:6-1.3).
An employee with a disability may use sick leave for absences related to the acquisition or use of an aid for the disability if the aid is necessary to function on the job. In such cases, the employee's appointing authority may require reasonable proof.