Paid Sick Leave Comes to New Jersey

New Jersey Workers Will Be Entitled to Paid-Sick Leave:
What Employers and Employees Need to Know

The New Jersey Paid-Sick-Leave Act (“the Act”) recently went into effect on October 29, 2018. The Act will require New Jersey employers of all sizes and business entity types to provide their covered employees (part-time and full-time) up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. As a result, there are many changes employers need to be aware of, and these changes should be implemented right away.

The Act requires an employer to accrue sick time leave as it is earned or to front load the full 40 hours in the beginning of the year.

If an employer does not front load the 40 hours of sick leave in the beginning of the year, this sick leave will accrue at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. Additionally, employees will have the ability
to carry over a maximum of 40 hours of sick time into the following year.

In order to properly administer paid-sick-leave, both employers and employees must understand
how sick leave can be used. It is important that an employer knows and exercises the various parameters and guidelines of the new law to ensure the proper procedures are followed. For example, the employer must provide all employees with a written copy of their rights.

Employers should understand what rules govern carryover and payout, in what increments can employees use sick leave, what happens to accrued sick leave upon transfer, separation or reinstatement of an employee, and what notice, documentation, and record keeping rules are required. Employers should also know about the impact of local paid-sick-leave laws and how the new law will be enforced. Employers can be held liable for improper use of sick leave if the guidelines are not properly adhered to.

These changes that face businesses and individuals can be a large impact on day to day operations. Our team of experienced professionals and advisors at Gramkow Carnevale Seifert & Co., LLC can be a valuable asset to guide both employers and employees through these changes in the state of New Jersey by helping you understand and implement the New Jersey Paid-Sick-Leave Act.

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