Should All New Jersey Businesses Provide Sick Days to Employees? [POLL]
By Jeff Deminski
There’s a growing movement in the Assembly to force New Jersey businesses to provide paid sick days to workers. It’s the idea of Loretta Weinberg and Pamela Lampitt and now has the blessing and backing of Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, critical since it is the Assembly Speaker who decides what legislation moves forward. The idea is workers would ‘earn’ up to 7 paid sick days per year, 5 days if the company has fewer than 20 employees, which they could use when sick, or to seek ‘preventive care’ or to care for a sick family member.
How does business feel about this idea?
“This idea is going to cost jobs and the people who will suffer are going to be the single, low-wage women whom the advocates say they want to help,” says National Federation of Independent Business spokesman Jack Mozloom. “All of these good intentions politicians and busybody activists want to mandate come with a price tag.”