Effective October 29, 2018, New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act requires employers with employees in the state of New Jersey to provide paid sick leave for a number of uses (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:11-56a et seq.).
Covered employers. The Act applies to all private employers with employees in the state of New Jersey, including temporary help service firms.
Public employers already required to provide employees with sick leave pursuant to any other state law or regulation are not covered by the law.
Covered employees. With a few exceptions, the Act covers all employees engaged in service for compensation in the state of New Jersey.
Excluded from the Act are construction workers covered by collective bargaining agreements, certain per diem healthcare employees, and public employees who already receive sick leave under other state laws.
Accrual and use of leave. Leave time accrues at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.
Employers are not required to permit employees to accrue, use, or carry forward more than 40 hours of earned sick leave per benefit year.
Existing employees will begin to accrue leave on the effective date of the Act. New hires will begin to accrue leave on the date of hire.
New hires may be subject to a 120-calendar-day waiting period before use of accrued leave (though employers may permit employees to use leave sooner). After the 120-day waiting period, new hires may use leave as soon as it is accrued.
An employer may choose the increments in which its employees may use earned sick leave, provided that the largest increment of earned sick leave an employee may be required to use is the number of hours the employee was scheduled to work during the ...