By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
In their latest move designed to destroy New Jersey’s job market, Trenton Democrats rammed a private sector sick pay bill (A-2354) through the Assembly Labor Committee Monday.
Frustrated committee member Parker Space (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris), a small businessman when he’s not legislating (and trying to state sane) in the capital city, said it all in the aftermath.
“We can’t keep piling on the already high cost of doing business in the state and wonder why nearly 300,000 people are out of work. Small businesses need flexibility in order to do what they do best – create jobs.”
“Every time the state imposes another mandate, companies react by raising prices, reducing benefits or cutting jobs,” continued Space. “This bill is another intrusion by the government into private sector decision making. Mandates like annual minimum wage increases and Obamacare already make it expensive to run a business.”
Other angles referenced by Asm. Space (via his press release), in no particular order:
- “A survey by the Employment Policies Institute last year revealed that employers in Seattle offset their costs to compensate for mandated paid sick days. Sixteen percent raised their prices, 18 percent reduced hours and staff and 17 percent passed on the increase in benefits to their employees or eliminated benefits they once offered.”
- “Surveys in San Francisco and Connecticut (which both mandate paid sick days) revealed similar results.”
- “Previously, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) noted several concerns with the bill, including the overlap and conflict with several existing leave laws.”
- “BIA stated that the bill allows workers to take sick leave for the treatment and recovery of the employee’s own physical or mental illness, or that of a family member, both of which are acceptable uses of the New Jersey Family Leave Act and/or the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The bill also provides leave for victims of domestic violence which is already covered by the recently enacted New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act).”
Still not convinced? As Parker also pointed out, “[s]everal municipalities have enacted earned sick leave ordinances including East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Montclair, Newark, Passaic, Paterson, and Trenton.”
Right, so let’s take statewide the policies adopted by near-bankrupted cities which, by the way, our tax dollars prop up through state aid???
It’s Monday and I already need a weekend…