Morristown, NJ Joins PSL Jurisdictions


No disrespect to the people of Morristown, NJ. I love Morristown. I have some very good friends in Morristown. I love the Green. Not so much the traffic, but that’s another story.motown-photo

But being the twelfth New Jersey city to pass a PSL law does not put Morristown in the PSL vanguard and is just barely newsworthy. Especially when the Morristown ordinance is merely a “cut and paste” from the other NJ ordinances. Even the “whereas” clauses are a “cut and paste” job. The late great Yankee philosopher, Yogi Berra, a longtime New Jersey resident, would have described the Morristown ordinance as “déjà vu, all over again.”

The ordinance includes “the New Jersey PSL formula.” Eligible employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employers with ten or more employees can cap annual use at 40 hours; smaller employers can cap annual use at 24 hours. Employees begin to accrue PSL on day one of employment and can use it after 90 days of employment. An employee can carryover up to 40 hours to the next year unless the employer has paid out the accrued and unused time.  An employer may require an employee to confirm in writing that the time off is being used for a reason allowed under the paid sick leave law.

New Jersey has more PSL cities than any other state, by far. Most, I believe, would agree that New Jersey should pass a state PSL law that preempts the local ordinances so that there is one benefit and enforcement mechanism throughout the state.  It hasn’t happened yet!

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