New Jersey Legislators Should Follow Mayor Fulop’s Lead on Earned Sick Days

This morning at 10 am Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop will hold a bill signing ceremony for that city’s earned sick days ordinance, the first of its kind in New Jersey. Jersey City’s ordinance marks a huge first step for this crucial economic security issue in the Garden State.

Approximately 30,000 private-sector workers will be covered under Jersey City’s ordinance – those working at businesses with 10 or more employees will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, and those working at smaller businesses will earn the same amount of job-protected time off (employers can’t fire someone for taking the earned time), but it will not be paid.

Jersey City’s action is commendable and exciting, and we applaud Mayor Fulop for pushing this issue to the forefront in New Jersey. Now state legislators need to follow the mayor’s lead so the other 97 percent of New Jersey’s 1.2 million workers without earned sick days are covered.