As promised, I checked in with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association for its take on the earned "sick and safe" pay legislation introduced Monday by New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, a Democrat from Camden County. In two words? Thumbs down.
"When companies can afford to provide these benefits, they typically do," said Stefanie Riehl, a spokeswoman for the organization.
"But a forced mandate on those companies that are struggling could inadvertently cause job loss or reduction in hours or other benefits," she said.
According to the New Jersey Time to Care Coalition, which backs the bill, the legislation would allow workers to accrue up to nine days off a year for businesses with 11 or more employees and five paid days for smaller companies. The paid "sick and safe" time could be used to recover from an illness, care for a close family member, obtain preventative or diagnostic treatment or deal with fallout from domestic violence.