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Sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace and unfortunately, has been for years. Times are certainly changing as now five states in the U.S. have mandated that companies conduct sexual harassment training – California, New York, Maine, Connecticut and Delaware. Regardless of a training requirement, many companies can easily fall into the “not us” trap of complacency. This mindset leads managers and leaders to overlook claims or not investigate them properly, and employees to not report them all.
On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Paid Sick Leave Act into law. The Act will require virtually all employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, effective Oct. 29, 2018. Under the Act:
- All New Jersey employers must provide paid sick leave to their employees;
- Employees will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year; and
- Employees must be paid for paid sick leave at the same rate (and with the same benefits) they normally earn.