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City of Newark Paid Sick Time Ordinance and Frequently Asked Questions

June 1, 2014

The City of Newark would like to inform our city’s employers of the City’s Paid Sick Time Ordinance, and remind them that the Ordinance becomes effective on June 21, 2014. The Ordinance requires all private sector employers with 10 or more employees working in The City of Newark to provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year. (For more information regarding The City of Newark’s Paid Sick Time Ordinance, including how much sick leave employers must provide, how employees can use the sick time, and penalties imposed on employers for violating the Ordinance, please see ordinance HERE).

By June 21, 2014, employers must notify employees of their rights and obligations under the Ordinance in two ways: (1) by providing individual written notice to each employee and (2) posting notice of such rights in a conspicuous location around the workplace. With respect to the posting requirement, The City of Newark Department of Child and Family Well- Being (“the Agency”) recently prepared a “Frequently Asked Questions” document about the Ordinance. This document is available HERE. Employers should post the notice for employees by June 21, 2014.

In terms of the written notice requirement, the Department has not issued a model notice, so we recommend preparing a written notice that incorporates the key terms of the Ordinance. Employers should also adopt the key provisions of the ordinance into their employee handbooks.