As discussed in a recent post, Jersey City recently joined a growing list of jurisdictions requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Today, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed the ordinance into law. Beginning January 24, 2014, employers in Jersey City with at least 10 employees will need to provide employees with 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 paid sick hours per year. Employers with less than 10 employees need to provide unpaid sick leave under similar terms.

Employers with facilities in Jersey City should begin to prepare for the new law, modifying policies and providing training as needed, in advance of the effective date.