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Jersey City Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

Last month Jersey City, New Jersey joined the growing list of cities requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to residents. Effective January 23, 2014, employers with at least 10 employees will be required to provide one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employees who work for smaller employers will accrue one hour of unpaid sick time for every 30 hours worked.

With the passing of this law, Jersey City becomes the seventh jurisdiction to offer this type of paid leave, showing a growing trend of municipalities taking legislation into their own hands. Coupled with the already overlapping federal and state leave laws, this adds another layer to the mix, furthering complicating leave management for employers across the country. Only one state (see the list below) has enacted paid sick leave across the board meaning that for employers operating in the other states, they need a separate leave policy for employees in just one of their operating cities. To make things even more complex, some of the laws also apply to those who only work in the city on a temporary basis, for example delivery truck drivers. This kind of employee who may live in neighboring city or even state must be afforded the benefit of paid sick leave as long as they work a minimum of hours each calendar year in the city with such legislation.

Below is a chronological list of where this type of legislation started and who has followed suit.

2007: San Francisco becomes the first city to pass paid sick leave legislation with the San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.

2008: The D.C. City Council passes the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act.

2012: Connecticut becomes the first – and remains the only – state to require employers to provide paid sick leave with Paid Sick Leave law.

2012: Seattle passes the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.

2014: Portland signs the Portland Sick Time, effective January 1, 2014.

2014: Jersey City enacts Earned Sick Time Ordinance, effective January 23, 2014.

2014: New York City passes the Earned Sick Time Act, effective April 1, 2014.

If you operate in any of the jurisdictions above, make sure you also understand your rights and requirements around timelines and certification requirements and ensure that the provisions are included in any employee handbooks and clearly communicated to employees.

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