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Governor Murphy Signs New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law

Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides paid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act and paid sick leave for absences resulting from COVID-19

On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Earned Sick and Safe Days Act (the “Act”), providing the vast majority of New Jersey’s private sector workers paid sick leave benefits. The Act, which will take effect on October 29, 2018, makes New Jersey the tenth state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to offer these benefits. Once it takes effect, the Act also preempts all local laws in New Jersey that currently provide for paid sick leave, providing both employees and employers uniformity that has been lacking since several of New Jersey’s towns and cities began passing sick leave laws over the past several years.

The Act provides that each employer must provide earned sick leave to its employees. Click here to read our alert for the other key provisions of the Act.

Given the far reach and implications of the Act, we recommend employers review their current paid time off and sick leave policies now, and update their policies and procedures to comply with the Act.

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