New Jersey in October 2019 enacted the Earned Sick Leave Act, which states that every employer must give all full-time, part-time and temporary employees up to 40 hours a year of earned sick leave. to care for themselves or a loved one. There are severe penalties and fines for employers who do not adhere to this law.
Nationally, there is an influx of Americans admitting to calling in sick when they actually weren’t. According to a new study by Moneypenny, a staggering 50% of Americans call in to take sick leave when they haven’t been, and 29% of those say they do it for family reasons. If you combine those who fake illness with those who actually are, the workforce here in America continues to take a hit; such was the case with the pandemic.
Since many employees were at home during the pandemic, as soon as the pandemic subsided and employees began to return to their jobs, more people called that they had a second round of Covid-19, but in fact they did not.
As a result of the crushing reduction in labor, goods, productivity, and ultimately profits, both corporate America and local small businesses took quite a toll. We have seen too many great businesses that have been in business for many years close due to lack of employees and/or increasing cost of goods to do business.
Those here in New Jersey who know they have those 40 hours or a week to take when they are sick or caring for a loved one are less likely to call in their employer with a fake illness than the national percent, but let’s be honest it still happens here in the Garden State, but not as much as the national average.
The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of NJ 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.
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These are the best places to hike in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just about the beach. Our state has some amazing trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you are descending and encounter an ascending hiker, step aside and give the ascending hiker room. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless he stops to catch his breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side trails unless they are marked as an official trail, avoid them. By going off-trail, you can cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
Also, you don’t want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and keep walking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers also have to yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you intend to take your dog on your hike, it must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, be aware of the weather, if the trail is too muddy it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions for the best places to hike in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: