Newark council OKs sick pay for private-sector workers

By Jeff Goldman/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Paid sick time for private-sector employees who work in Newark is one step away from becoming a reality.

The city council this morning unanimously (5-0) passed an ordinance that would allow those workers to accrue an hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.
[…] “Workers coming to work sick actually costs our nation $160 billion annually, far more than the cost of workers staying at home to recover,” said Karen White, director of the Working Families Program at the Rutgers Center for Women and Work in a statement.

“When sick workers stay home, the spread of disease slows and workplaces are healthier and more productive. And by letting workers earn sick days businesses put money in the pockets of low-income workers who go out into the marketplace and spend it on goods and services. It’s a win-win for workers, employers, and local economies.”