Expanding Paid Family Leave and Raising the Minimum Wage
- One of Senator Sweeney’s most significant achievements has been 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.
- In addition to working to pass legislation to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour, which was approved by New Jersey voters in November 2013, Senator Sweeney has proposed a constitutional amendment for voters to consider that would gradually increase the minimum wage annually from $8.37 to $15.00. This measure would ensure a livable wage for those trying to make ends meet, while also reducing the impact on small businesses by occurring gradually over time.
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 line of duty with workers’ compensation for their entire period of survivorship.