Assembly Labor

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.
Democratic Research Aide:  Nicole A. Brown   
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Quijano, Giblin & Downey Bill to Improve NJ's Family Leave Program for Working Families Becomes Law

Law Would Expand Leave Time, Offer Higher Compensation, More Family Member Coverage, Increase Job Protections and Boost Program Participation

(TRENTON) - Aiming to make New Jersey's Family Leave Program more accessible and affordable for workers, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Thomas Giblin, and Joann Downey was signed into law Tuesday.

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Speaker Coughlin Statement on Expansion of NJ Paid Family Leave Program

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement regarding today's signing of the bill to expand paid family leave in the state:

"Too many people must choose between their family responsibilities and their paychecks.

"The expansion of paid family leave will provide families and individuals across our state with a better quality of life and the time and resources necessary to care for others.

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Assembly Labor Committee Approves Employee Fair Wage Bills

Bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Daniel Benson, Wayne DeAngelo and Gordon Johnson

Continuing to make strides in protecting and promoting fair wages for employees in New Jersey, the Assembly Labor Committee approved a package of bills Thursday that would ensure working-and middle-class families are receiving the pay they deserve.

“In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that’s not the world we live in,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “This provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires.”

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