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Q. Do I need to provide paid sick leave to employees in New Jersey?
A. Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act, mandating paid sick leave for full- and part-time workers in the Garden State. Similar to the laws in other states, the New Jersey law provides for employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees may use up to 40 hours of earned sick leave in a benefit year. They may also carry over up to 40 hours of earned sick leave from one year to the next. Earned sick leave is not paid upon termination, unless a company policy or collective bargaining agreement provides otherwise.