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Paid Sick Days Get Wide Support: Poll

More than 80 percent of New Jersey residents support paid sick days for workers, according to a poll from the Center for Women and Work (CWW) at Rutgers.

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Strong support for the policy spanned all economic and racial groups, both genders and even political affiliations. Still, a recent report suggested there’s a severe shortage of sick days going around.

“Over 37 percent of New Jersey residents work in jobs with no paid sick days,” said Linda Houser, CWW affiliate fellow. “This proportion is significantly higher for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens – low-income earners, part-time workers and young adults.”

Sick leave legislation has recently been passed in a number of cities and states across the country, including Jersey City. Newark is considering a similar ordinance, and a measure has been introduced in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature.

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