NJPP Statement on Newark's Enactment of Earned Sick Days Policy

Below is a statement from NJPP president Gordon MacInnes on Newark’s action on earned sick days:

“Today Newark became the second city in New Jersey and seventh city nationwide to enact an earned sick days policy to ensure that workers don’t have to choose between getting well and getting paid. The ordinance will provide important economic security to about 38,000 Newark workers who currently lack this benefit.

Earned sick leave policies benefit employees, of course, and also their employers – who see increased loyalty and productivity – and surrounding communities – where fewer illnesses are spread among fewer people – all while having no adverse consequence on the economy.

Newark’s policy comes hot on the heels of Jersey City’s, which will cover about 30,000 workers. Both are exciting strides, and we commend municipal leaders for stepping up to the plate. But even with these advances, over 1 million working New Jerseyans will lack earned sick days – and that’s over 1 million too many.

We need to work hard to ensure that all of New Jersey’s workers are afforded this crucial benefit. That’s why NJPP remains committed to a strong statewide earned sick days policy – a policy supported by more than four in five New Jerseyans. We regret that legislators didn’t take the issue up in lame duck, but we look forward to seeing this move forward in 2014.”

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