A bill co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) that would allow paid sick leave for long-term care workers cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee yesterday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Staffing shortages are all too common in long-term care facilities. If an employee feels sick and doesn’t have access to paid time off, they might choose to come to work anyway to avoid losing pay and to make sure residents receive care,” McKnight, along with co-sponsors Yvonne Lopez (D-19) and Linda Carter (D-22), said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, this means they may infect elderly residents with weak immune systems. This is extremely problematic in a COVID-19 reality. Allowing long-term care employees to earn paid sick leave is the right and responsible thing to do for staff and residents alike.”
Under current New Jersey law, employers must provide employees with earned sick leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.
However, this requirement does not apply to per diem health care employees such as long-term care workers.
This would be amended through Bill A-4483, which would allow the existing law to no longer categorize long-term care employees placed through a staffing agency as per diem workers, thus allowing them to accrue paid sick leave.