Nearly All NJ Workers Will Be Entitled To Paid Sick Leave Very Soon. Here's What You Need To Know.

For about 1.2 million people in New Jersey, taking a sick day from work means forfeiting a day's pay. It may even mean jeopardizing a job.

That reality will begin to change on Oct. 29, when a law takes effect that should end that agonizing choice between working while sick or losing money.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the paid sick leave law in May, which will require most employers to pay for a limited number of sick days, based on hours already worked that year.

Here's what you need to know about the law, based on our analysis, as well as that of experts such as Karen White, director for Policy Analysis and Community Engagement for the Rutgers Center for Women and Work.