New Brunswick, NJ Passes New Paid Sick Leave Law with Posting Requirement

Published on January 13, 2016

New Brunswick, New Jersey became the eleventh municipality in the state to pass a Paid Sick Leave law.

The New Brunswick Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance workers to accrue and use paid time off for sick time or for safe time related to domestic violence. The ordinance applies to businesses with five or more employees working within the geographic boundaries of New Brunswick.

This new law was passed December 17, 2015, and is effective January 6, 2016.

New Brunswick Paid Sick/Safe Time Usage

Eligible workers with accrued paid sick/safe time off may use it for:

  • Physical illness, injury, health condition or preventative care of the employee, their partner or family member.
  • Closure of the employee’s business or their child’s school or place of care by order of a public official due to a public health emergency.
  • Care of a family member when health authorities have determined the family member’s presence in the community would jeopardize the health of others.
  • Reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Eligible employees accrue one hour of paid sick/safe time for every 35 hours worked.

New Brunswick Paid Sick/Safe Time Posting Requirements

The New Brunswick Paid Sick/Safe Time ordinance includes a posting requirement for all employer’s subject to the law to post a notice provided by the city in English, and in the first language of at least 10% of the Employer’s workforce.

Elizabeth, NJ Update. Elizabeth, the Tenth New Jersey municipality to enact Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, is going live with their ordinance February 1, 2016. As is the case with New Brunswick, Elizabeth’s ordinance includes a posting requirement, and GovDocs is still monitoring for the release of that posting. Stay tuned.

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