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Coalition plans to demonstrate in support of paid sick-leave requirement

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop's sick-leave proposal — under which employers with more than 10 employees must allow both full and part-time workers to accrue five paid sick days a year — is causing a stir well before the measure goes before the city council Wednesday.

On Monday at 11 a.m., Fulop will host a coalition of civic organizations, labor unions and community leaders on the steps of City Hall to speak in favor of the measure.

Rob Duffey, spokesman for the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, said advocates for paid sick time also are hoping to persuade Newark to adopt similar legislation. And a bill pending in Trenton would require all employers statewide to provide paid sick days.

The press office of Newark Mayor Cory Booker did not immediately respond to a question on whether the city might take up the paid sick days issue.

"We are hoping to get legislation passed in Newark before the statewide bill" moves through the Legislature, Duffey said.

Several business lobbying groups have come out in opposition to both Fulop's proposal and the Trenton bill, including the state Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

If the Jersey City Council approves the bill, it will take it up again at the next meeting, on Sept. 25; if approved a second time, it would be signed into law by Fulop.

Advocates for paid sick leave include New Jersey Citizen Action and the NAACP.

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