The state Assembly Labor Committee voted 6-3 in favor of bill A2354/S785 that would guarantee paid sick leave for most private and public sector employees.

Specifically, the bill states that employees would accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work, with a cap on how much sick leave could be carried over from one year to the next.  Workers at companies with less than 10 employees would be able to accrue up to 40 hours of sick time that could be carried over, whereas, workers at companies with 10 or more employees would be able to carry over up to 72 hours of sick leave.   Further, sick leave would be allowed for both an employee’s illness or to care for a family member.

The Assembly’s approval is the first of a series of approvals needed for the bill to be sent to Governor Chris Christie for signature or veto.