Bloomfield Ninth in N.J. to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Bloomfield, New Jersey has mandated paid sick leave for employers with locations within the municipal limits of the township.

Citing national statistics that claim nearly 40 percent of private sector workers do not receive paid time off for sick leave, Broomfield has joined nine other municipal governments in New Jersey to require employers to offer paid sick leave.

READ MORE: Paid Sick Leave Ordinance – A Future Standard?

In Business Mandatory Employee Paid Sick Time (Chapter 160), the Township is allowing workers to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked with a 40-hour accrual cap in one calendar year for employers with 10 or more workers. For employers with nine or fewer workers, accrual is capped at 24 hours in a calendar year. The ordinance takes effect June 2015.

Employees begin accruing paid sick leave hours on their first day of employment but would not be eligible to use paid sick leave until 90 calendar days of employment.

Unused sick time is carried over each year but remains subject to the accrual caps mentioned above.

Trenton, New Jersey, which passed its own paid sick leave ordinance in 2014, has temporarily halted enforcement of the law pending the outcome of a legal challenge.

When Can Bloomfield Employees Take Paid Sick Leave?

An employee can take paid sick leave to:

  • Care for his/her own mental or physical illness.
  • Receive diagnosis, care or treatment for his/her own mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition.
  • Care for a family member who needs preventative care.
  • Care for a child whose school or place of care has been closed by a public health emergency.

In situations where an employee has used three consecutive days of paid sick leave, an employer can ask the employee for documentation that proves the cause for leave.

Bloomfield Facts: Bloomfield is a township near Newark with 47,000 residents. Longtime Bloomfield resident Tom Fleming won the New York Marathon. Twice!

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Bloomfield Paid Sick Leave Posting

The Township will release a posting that employers in Bloomfield will be required to display, and GovDocs will monitor the Township for the release of the posting. In the meantime, employers covered by the ordinance are required to provide written notice to each employee regarding their rights under the Township ordinance. The notice must be provided in English and in the primary language spoken by the employee, if that language is spoken by at least 10 percent of the employer’s workforce.

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