Minimum wage hike advances again, sick leave still stalled in Senate.
Keep the Pressure on Legislators
Good news first: After the Senate delayed a vote
for the second time on the paid sick leave bill (S799) last month, it remains
stalled in the chamber. Business groups, including NFIB, have been vocal about
letting legislators know how the law would impact employers, especially small
business owners, by increasing costs, adding administrative burden, and opening
up businesses to potential lawsuits.
To everyone who has contacted their Senator,
thank you! It’s not time to let up, though. Keep reminding your Senator about
the devastating effect this proposed legislation would have on your business
and your employees. CLICK HERE to send them a message.
Meanwhile, A15, the minimum wage bill that would
give workers a nearly 80 percent raise and cost the state 70,000 jobs over 10
years, passed the New Jersey Assembly just before Memorial Day weekend. S15,
the Senate’s identical companion bill, hasn’t passed the Senate yet, but once
it does, the legislation will be sent to the governor. Although Gov. Chris
Christie is sure to veto the measure if it makes it to his desk, the
legislative leaders are playing a longer game and plan to take the minimum wage
increase question to voters with a constitutional referendum.
In the meantime, get all the facts straight
about the minimum wage and let
your legislators know how this out-of-whack pay increase would harm small
businesses as well as the workers it’s intended to help.