Today, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Earned Sick and Safe Days Act, making New Jersey the New Jersey Time to Care Coalition, as well as the legislation’s champions, Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, State Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and every state legislator who supported the bill.
The statewide law is the culmination of more than five years of paid sick days victories in New Jersey, beginning in 2013 when Jersey City passed its paid sick days law — and the result of a supportive governor. Paid sick days momentum is sweeping the country, with more than 30 new paid sick days laws taking effect in the past two years alone. While this has led to a rise in access to paid sick days, more than 37 million people still cannot earn a single paid sick day.
Increasingly, state and local leaders across the country recognize that paid sick days are good for workers, families, public health, businesses and the economy. Members of Congress should follow the lead of states like New Jersey and guarantee this basic workplace protection, and should oppose deceptive efforts to undermine paid sick days victories. The Healthy Families Act is a real paid sick days solution. It would set a national paid sick days standard so that no worker has to make the impossible choice between their health or the health of a loved one and their economic security.