Family Values @ Work

New Jersey

New Jersey

October 19, 2011

The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition, a broad-based group of over 100 community, advocacy, union, religious, research, and academic organizations, supports initiatives that make sure working families have paid time to care. The Coalition is building on the successful earned sick days campaigns in Jersey City and Newark campaigns to advance a statewide paid sick days standard for New Jersey workers.

Our focuses and recent successes:

Family Leave Insurance

The Coalition was instrumental in moving family leave insurance into law in New Jersey. Under the law which became effective July 1, 2009, New Jersey workers are able to receive wage benefits when they take time to care for a family member or to bond with a new child.

Earned Sick Days

Jersey City became the first city in New Jersey and the sixth in the country to adopt a municipal earned sick time law. The ordinance went into effect on Friday, January 24, 2014. For more details visit

On January 29, 2014, Newark became the second city in the state to make earned sick days law. For more details visit

Over 30,000 private sector Jersey City workers and 38,000 private sector Newark workers, previously unprotected, will now able to take sick days without the fear of job loss and helping to strengthen the local economy.

In addition to its policy efforts, the Coalition raises public awareness doing outreach and education on family leave insurance, earned sick days and more.

Minimum Wage

New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a $1 increase in the NJ minimum wage – starting January 1, 2014, the state minimum wage will be $8.25/hour. The measure also requires annual increases to the wage based on cost of living expenses. The increase will impact close to half a million New Jersey workers (over 11% of the state’s workforce) and over 230,000 children.


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