Newark to introduce sick-day legislation
Newark officials announced Tuesday that they would introduce legislation allowing workers to earn three to five sick days per year. The announcement came one day after Jersey City's mayor signed similar legislation into law.
The Newark proposal would allow full- and part-time workers in businesses with 10 or more employees to earn up to five sick days, while those in firms with fewer than nine employees could earn up to three sick days.
Like the Jersey City law, employees would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.
Jersey City was the first municipality in New Jersey to mandate sick time.
Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, and the state of Connecticut are among those requiring employers to offer sick days. The New York City Council passed a law over the veto of Mayor Michael Bloomberg requiring employers with 20 or more workers to offer sick time.
"Newark shouldn't go through another flu season without this commonsense protection," said a statement issued Tuesday by six Newark City Council members. "So we will work speedily to pass this ordinance, make our city a healthier, fairer place to live and work."