Earned Sick Days in Jersey City: A Study of Employers and Employees at Year One (Report)

By Danielle Lindemann and Dana Britton, Rutgers Center for Women and Work

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On September 25, 2013, the Jersey City Council adopted an ordinance to provide private sector workers with a minimum number of earned sick days to recover from their own illnesses or to care for sick family members. The ordinance went into effect on January 24, 2014. It includes a provision for a research study on the impact of the ordinance on employers and employees to be conducted one year after implementation. The Rutgers Center for Women and Work (CWW) undertook the evaluation. This report presents our findings based on surveys of 289 Jersey City employers and 198 employees conducted by the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling in January and February of 2015.

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