A labor-backed group is lobbying for New Jersey joining Connecticut as the only two states that require employers to pay their workers for sick leave. The proposal would allow workers to accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work. For workers at businesses with fewer than 10 employees, the maximum amount of required paid leave would be 40 hours, while it would be 72 hours for those at businesses with 10 or more workers.
Employer groups are concerned that on the heels of raising the state’s minimum wage a paid sick leave mandate would make the state less attractive for businesses. Both sides plan to lobby legislators over the issue throughout 2014.