Expanding Paid Family Leave and Raising the Minimum Wage
- One of Senator Sweeney’s most significant achievements is the passage of the New Jersey Paid Family Leave Law, which extended the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance system to provide paid leave to workers who must offer care to sick or dying relatives or to a newborn or adopted child. This program is self-funded, not requiring any state dollars for payment of benefits.
- Senator Sweeney remains committed to a fair minimum wage. The legislature passed a measure designed to gradually increase the wage to $15.00 over the course of a four-year period in June of 2016. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed that legislation. Senator Sweeney continues to fight for establishing a fair wage for New Jersey’s workers in a way that is also fair to businesses.
Made In America Proposals to Spur Economic Growth
- Several bills sponsored by Senator Sweeney would require the purchase of American made goods for public contracts. The “Made in America” bills are part of an ongoing effort by Senator Sweeney to create jobs and spur economic growth in New Jersey. Senator Sweeney will continue to advance this concept.
Protecting Employees and their Families
- Putting New Jersey in front of a growing issue regarding personal privacy on social media networks, Assemblyman Burzichelli and Senator Sweeney crafted a law that prohibits an employer from requiring a current or prospective employee to provide or disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service.
- Senator Sweeney sponsored a law that provides surviving spouses of certain fire and police personnel who die in the line of duty with workers’ compensation for their entire period of survivorship.
- In response to the tragic deaths of New Jersey State Troopers and an unfair allocation of benefits to their children, Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman Taliaferro sponsored a law that will boost the death benefits for the children of New Jersey State Troopers killed in the line of duty. Under the previous law, a sole surviving child was eligible for a 20 percent benefit, two children would receive 35 percent, and three or more would receive 50 percent. The new law made it so that the surviving children would be eligible for a 70 percent benefit. The change also applies to the benefits of fallen police officers and firefighters.
- When concerns arose about the rights of workers involved in labor disputes, Senator Sweeney penned a measure to guarantee unemployment insurance and protect benefits of those engaged in a dispute, in certain circumstances. The legislation was designed to ensure that those fighting for labor rights can do so without fear of reprisal. Though this measure was vetoed by the governor, Senator Sweeney continues to fight for the rights of workers in New Jersey.