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NJ Should Require Paid Sick Days For Workers: Star Ledger Editorial

The Star Ledger Editorial Board reaffirmed its support for passage of a state-wide earned sick days law -- "Lawmakers shouldn't hesitate to make New Jersey the second state to mandate paid sick time. Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) have sponsored bills calling for the strongest sick-time law in the country, allowing workers to take time off for themselves or family members. No employer would be exempt, no matter how small.

The stronger law would apply to workers in Jersey City and Newark, which already passed local sick time laws during the past year, benefiting 68,000 workers. Nationwide, more than 2.1 million workers have won the right to take sick days in New York City, San Francisco and Washington."

New Jersey Time to Care Coalition

When serious illness or a family emergency arises, many workers face a painful choice between caring for children, parents, spouses and partners or showing up for work and earning a day's pay. The inability to provide the nurturing, support and compassion to those close to us hurts our families and weakens our communities.

Everyone benefits when workers are able to balance job obligations and family needs. Giving workers financial security by allowing them to take paid leave to deal with a child's illness or a parent's recovery from a stroke not only improves outcomes for children and families, but also raises worker morale and productivity. Paid "time to care" means strong families, strong workplaces, and strong communities.

The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition is a diverse group of organizations that support initiatives that make sure working families have time to care.

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