The New Jersey Senate passed the controversial earned sick leave bill along party lines.
The bill requires all employers to allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, although the employer is not required to permit the employee to accrue at any one time, or carry forward accrued sick days year-to-year.
Approved Thursday, the bill was sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-37th District, and, if passed, fulfills one of the policy objectives of Gov. Phil Murphy. He is expected to sign it into law.
The bill was passed after several amendments in March. The main one overrode roughly a dozen local ordinances so businesses may only follow one set of rules.