SENATE, No. 3249

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

221st LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 16, 2024

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Steinhardt

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes additional manner of employer compliance to provide earned sick leave for certain employees subject to collective bargaining agreements.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning earned sick leave and amending P.L.2018, c.10.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 2 of P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2. a. Each employer shall provide earned sick leave to each employee working for the employer in the State.  For every 30 hours worked, the employee shall accrue one hour of earned sick leave, except that an employer may provide an employee with the full complement of earned sick leave for a benefit year, as required under this section, on the first day of each benefit year in accordance with subsection c. or subsection d. of section 3 of [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-3).  The employer shall not be required to permit the employee to accrue or use in any benefit year, or carry forward from one benefit year to the next, more than 40 hours of earned sick leave.  Unless the employee has accrued earned sick leave prior to the effective date of [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.), the earned sick leave shall begin to accrue on the effective date of [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.) for any employee who is hired and commences employment before the effective date of [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.) and the employee shall be eligible to use the earned sick leave beginning on the 120th calendar day after the employee commences employment, and if the employment commences after the effective date of [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.), the earned sick leave shall begin to accrue upon the date that employment commences and the employee shall be eligible to use the earned sick leave beginning on the 120th calendar day after the employee commences employment, unless the employer agrees to an earlier date.  The employee may subsequently use earned sick leave as soon as it is accrued.

     b.    (1) An employer shall be in compliance with this section if the employer offers paid time off, which is fully paid and shall include, but is not limited to personal days, vacation days, and sick days, and may be used for the purposes of section 3 of [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-3) in the manner provided by [this act] P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.), and is accrued at a rate equal to or greater than the rate described in this section.

     (2)   An employer shall be in compliance with this section if the employer offers paid time off, of any kind, including but not limited to, personal days, vacation days, and sick days, of 40 or more hours per benefit year, to employees who are under contract pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, and which may be used for those purposes provided for in an employee’s collective bargaining agreement.  The provisions of this paragraph shall be retroactive to the effective date of P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.).

     c.     The employer shall pay the employee for earned sick leave at the same rate of pay with the same benefits as the employee normally earns, except that the pay rate shall not be less than the minimum wage required for the employee pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1966, c.113 (C.34:11-56a4).

     d.    Upon the mutual consent of the employee and employer, an employee may voluntarily choose to work additional hours or shifts during the same or following pay period, in lieu of hours or shifts missed, but shall not be required to work additional hours or shifts or use accrued earned sick leave.  An employer may not require, as a condition of an employee's using earned sick leave, that the employee search for or find a replacement worker to cover the hours during which the employee is using earned sick leave.

     e.     If an employee is transferred to a separate division, entity, or location, but remains employed by the same employer, then the employee shall be entitled to all earned sick leave accrued at the prior division, entity, or location, and shall be entitled to use the accrued earned sick leave as provided in this act.  If an employee is terminated, laid off, furloughed, or otherwise separated from employment with the employer, any unused accrued earned sick leave shall be reinstated upon the re-hiring or reinstatement of the employee to that employment, within six months of termination, being laid off or furloughed, or separation, and prior employment with the employer shall be counted towards meeting the eligibility requirements set forth in this section.  When a different employer succeeds or takes the place of an existing employer, all employees of the original employer who remain employed by the successor employer are entitled to all of the earned sick leave they accrued when employed by the original employer, and are entitled to use the earned sick leave previously accrued immediately.

     f.     An employer may choose the increments in which its employees may use earned sick leave, provided that the largest increment of earned sick leave that an employee may be required to use for each shift for which earned sick leave is used shall be the number of hours the employee was scheduled to work during that shift.

(cf: P.L.2018, c.10, s.2)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply retroactively to the date of enactment of P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.).

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides that an employer is in compliance with the State’s earned sick leave law if the employer offers paid time off, of any kind, including but not limited to, personal days, vacation days, and sick days, of 40 or more hours per benefit year, to employees who are under contract pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, and which may be used for those purposes provided for in an employee’s collective bargaining agreement. 

     The bill makes this provision apply retroactively to the effective date of P.L.2018, c.10 (C.34:11D-1 et seq.).