Paid Sick Leave Gathers Momentum In New Jersey

CBS Philly

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Shenida Griffith knows all too well what it’s like to have to choose between taking care of a sick kid and holding down a job.

The Trenton resident says she was fired two years ago from a chain restaurant after her son, now 5, was hospitalized and she asked to take several days off to care for him.

“When my kids get sick, I’m a very hands-on kind of person,” said Griffith, who’s 21. “I literally want to be there for every snot, every tear.”

Soon, she hopes, she and other New Jersey parents will have that option.

An estimated 140,000 state residents are entitled to or are about to be entitled to paid sick leave under a wave of legislation that has swept through municipalities, but more than 1 million aren’t. At this point last year, the state had no laws on the books giving employees…

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