The Labor Committee is the panel that oversees legislation regarding unemployment, workers’ compensation and disability benefits, workplace safety, employee training programs, family leave, and the minimum wage.
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Singleton, Mukherji & DeAngelo Bill to Create the "Task Force on Construction Industry Workplace Safety and Health" AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Raj Mukherji and Wayne DeAngelo to create an independent panel within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to assess current conditions and recommend improvements of workplace safety and health polices in the state's construction industry was released earlier this week by an Assembly panel.
"Construction work can be extremely dangerous work under improper conditions and without the proper policies in place to protect workers," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The task force will help the state to focus its efforts on ensuring safe and fair conditions for all in the construction industry."
Assembly Panel Approves Sumter Bill to Ease Disability to Work Transition for Residents(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently released legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) to establish a partial return to work program residents receiving temporary disability insurance.
The sponsor notes in the legislation the bill's intent is to allow workers to transition back to work by initially working on a part time basis, and to provide cost savings to the TDI fund by reducing TDI benefit costs during those transitions.
A similar program has been implemented in Rhode Island in 2007, which has been reported to have seen savings every year in operation.
"Implementing a partial return to work program allows residents to ease back into working after being out on disability," Sumter said. "It will help both employers and workers with the transition back into the workplace."
Lampitt & Mukherji Earned Sick Leave Bill Released by Assembly Committee
Bill Would Make N.J. 3rd State to Require Earned Sick Leave(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require employers to provide earned sick leave to workers in the state was released Monday by the Assembly Labor Committee.
The bill (A-2354) would allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
New Jersey would follow Connecticut and California as states to pass legislation requiring employers to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.
"Workers should not have to choose between caring for their health and keeping their paychecks or jobs," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Guaranteeing workers the ability to earn paid sick days would help ensure workers do not have to choose between their health and their economic security. New Jersey should be a leader in the fight for this common sense, pro-worker policy."
Earned Sick Leave & Port Authority Reform Top Monday Assembly Committee MeetingsImproved Suicide Prevention, Help for Farmers, Apartment Building Generators, Regulating Drone Usage & Controlling Invasive Bamboo Also on Tap
Discussion Also Set on Improving Teacher Readiness
Two bills to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and legislation to require businesses to provide earned sick leave to workers highlight Monday's Assembly hearings.
Also up are bills to improve suicide prevention training in schools, help farmers fight nuisance complaints, regulate drone usage, require generators for multiple-dwelling buildings and regulate the planting and sale of invasive and destructive running bamboo…