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New Jersey's Paid Sick Leave - Frequently Asked Questions

To help you learn more about New Jersey's Paid Sick Leave, we've answered some of the frequently asked questions below.

Still have questions? Please contact Staffing Alternatives' PSL Coordinator.


The law went into effect on October 29th, 2018, does that mean I can now take a Paid Sick Leave day?

No. To take a Paid Sick Leave day, you must first wait 120 days from your start date with Staffing Alternatives and then accrue enough hours to equal your current shift.

How do I accrue hours for Paid Sick Leave?

You can begin to accrue Paid Sick Leave on October 29, 2018, or on your first day of employment, whichever is later. For every 30 hours worked (straight time, overtime and double time) you will accrue 1 hour of Paid Sick Leave.

Is there a limit to how many hours I can accrue?

Yes. You may accrue no more than 40 hours per benefit year.

Is there a limit to how many Paid Sick Leave hours I can use?

Yes. You may use no more than 40 hours per benefit year.

Is there a limit to how many hours I may carry over to a new year?

Yes. You may not carry over more than 40 hours in a benefit year.

What is Staffing Alternatives’ Benefit Year?

Staffing Alternatives’ Benefit Year runs from January 1st to December 31st.

Does Paid Sick Leave have to be taken in certain increments?

Yes. Staffing Alternatives’ policy is that Paid Sick Leave must be taken in the number of hours of your current shift. For example, if you work 7am-3:30pm (with a half hour lunch), you must take Paid Sick Leave in 8 hour increments. If you have less hours remaining in a benefit year then the shift you are currently working, you may take your remaining hours even it if doesn’t equal your current shift.

If I stop working for Staffing Alternatives and then begin working again later, do I get to keep my accrued Paid Sick Leave?

If you stop working for Staffing Alternatives and come back to work within six months, you may keep your accrued Paid Sick Leave. If you return after six months, you will not be able to keep your accrued Paid Sick Leave and will have to wait 120 days from your return date to be eligible for Paid Sick Leave.

Do I need to provide notice if I would like to take a Paid Sick Leave day?

Yes. Staffing Alternatives’ requires employees to provide 7 days advanced notice of the need to use Paid Sick Leave that is foreseeable. If the reason is not foreseeable, Staffing Alternatives’ requires that an employee provide notice of the intention to use Paid Sick Leave within 48 hours after the last consecutive missed day.

For what reasons can I take a Paid Sick Leave day?

  • Diagnosis, care or treatment of-or recovery from-an employee's own mental or physical illness, including preventive medical care.
  • Aid or care for a covered family member during diagnosis, care or treatment of-or recovery from-the family member's mental or physical illness, including preventive medical care.
  • Circumstances related to an employee's or their family member's status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence (including the need to obtain related medical treatment, seek counseling, relocate or participate in related legal services).
  • Closure of an employee's workplace or of a school/childcare of an employee's child because of a public official's order relating to a public health emergency.
  • Time to attend a meeting requested or required by school staff to discuss a child's health condition or disability.

***It is important to note that the above reasons are the only acceptable reasons to use accrued sick time. It cannot be used as personal time (except as stated in the reasons above) or vacation time.***