On January 6, 2016, the New Brunswick Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance became effective. The purpose of the Ordinance is to allow employees paid time off from their job to take care of health or domestic violence issues for themselves and their family. This paid time off will help diminish public and private health care costs, promote preventative health care and protect the public’s health by reducing opportunities for contagion.
The Ordinance applies to most New Brunswick-based businesses. Micro-businesses, i.e., those with less than the equivalent of five full-time employees, are exempted due to the small size of the business. The Ordinance also applies to New Brunswick-based Temporary Help Services Firms, a.k.a., employment agencies, if the temporary employees work in New Brunswick or are transported to work from New Brunswick.
Employees working at eligible businesses qualify for paid sick/safe time if they average at least 20 hours of work per week. Part-time workers who average between 20 and 35 hours per week can earn up to 24 hours of paid sick/safe time. Full-time workers who average 35 hours per week or more can earn up to 40 hours of paid sick/safe time. Eligible employees begin to earn sick/safe time once the Ordinance became effective. Employees can begin to use sick/safe time either 120 days after the Ordinance became effective (May 5, 2016) or 120 days after they started work, if hired after the effective date.
For more information about the Ordinance, check out:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – English
- Preguntas y Respuestas por Pago por Días de Enfermedad/Seguridad (FAQ) – Espanol
- Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance
- Employer Notice English/Espanol (To Be Posted in Each Business)
- New Brunswick Paid Sick Leave Complaint Form
The Ordinance is administered by the City’s Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development and its Sick Pay Administrator.
Phone: (732) 745-5050
Address: Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development
Civic Square Building, 2nd Floor (Next to City Hall; Above the Post Office)
PO Box 269
25 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08903