Beginning June 30, 2015, Employers with ten (10) or more employees who work in the Township of Bloomfield must implement and provide paid sick leave. The Ordinance, enacted on March 2, 2015, provides that employee’s must accrue at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, subject to a 40 hour cap per year. Paid sick leave will begin to accrue on the first day of employment but employees cannot use the leave until their 90th day of employment. Under the Ordinance, any unused sick leave must be carried over or paid out to the employee at the end of the year, subject to the 40 hour cap. Sick leave may be used for an employee’s, or an employee’s family member’s, illness, injury or preventative medical care as well as may be used for the closure of the employee’s place of business, a child’s school or place of care or care for a family member due to a public health emergency.
The Township of Bloomfield joins eight other New Jersey Municipalities who have already adopted similar Ordinances (City of East Orange, Township of Irvington, Jersey City, Township of Montclair, City of Newark, City of Passaic, City of Paterson, and the City of Trenton). The State legislature continues to consider the adoption of a state wide law requiring paid sick leave. We will continue to watch this trend closely and alert you when new developments occur. In the interim, if you have employees in any of the affected jurisdictions and have questions about your rights and obligations under any local ordinance, contact Deena B. Rosendahl, Esq. at 201-947-8855 x212 or Drosendahl@northjerseyattorneys.com