New Jersey Sick Leave laws & compensation compliance analysis

New Jersey Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no New Jersey state law requiring private sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave, although a number of cities and towns within the state have passed local ordinances requiring that employers provide employees with paid sick leave.
It is also important to remember that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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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.
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.

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