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New Jersey Assembly Speaker backs sick leave

8-6-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A key New Jersey lawmaker says a statewide paid sick leave requirement for employers is a priority for later this year.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says the Assembly will begin considering the issue in September.

One bill the Democrat would like to explore would allow workers to accrue an hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work. That would translate to about eight days per year for a full-time worker.

Connecticut is the only state with a similar measure in place.

But New Jersey’s two largest cities — Newark and Jersey City — have paid sick-time laws. A coalition of labor and other groups is pushing for local laws in a handful of other New Jersey communities.

Prieto says it makes more sense to have one requirement statewide.