Días de enfermedad pagados han llegado a New Jersey

Paid sick leave workers
A partir del 29 de octubre 2018, casi todos los trabajadores de Nueva Jersey tendrán derecho a ganar días de enfermedad pagados.

• Usted acumula horas de permiso de ausencia laboral debido a enfermedad a una tasa de 1 hora por cada 30 horas trabajadas, hasta un máximo de 40 horas de permiso por año calendario.
-Usted comienza a acumular días de permiso de ausencia laboral debido a enfermedad a partir del 29 de octubre de 2018 o de su primer día de empleo, lo que ocurra más tarde.

• Usted puede usar la ley para tomarse un tiempo libre en el trabajo para una visita al médico, para recuperarse de una enfermedad física o mental (para usted o un miembro de su familia), recuperarse de la violencia doméstica o sexual, para asistir a una conferencia de padres y maestros, o si se está cerrando una escuela o lugar de trabajo debido a una emergencia de salud pública. read more

Vote YES on NJ Ballot Q#2 to protect gas tax funds from being raided like clean energy and health funds were

Source: Engineer’s Labor-Employer Cooperative via nj.com

New Jersey Assemblyman Dr. Tim Eustace wants New Jersey voters to know that voting YES on Ballot Question #2 will enable extremely important protections of taxpayer dollars. Election Day this year falls on Tuesday, November 8.

Here are short and long versions of the reasons it’s important to vote YES to Q2. You already know how important it is that you go vote in the first place – right?

The short version of why YES on Q2

On the gas tax issue, Assm. Eustace comments:

The New Jersey gas tax increase of 23¢ is law – and it’s a mistake to think it will go away if people vote NO on Ballot Question #2 at the polls next Tuesday. Gov. Christie’s second-in-command discussed the ballot question in a 101.5 Radio interview, revealing that either she does not understand this law, or maybe Ms. Guadagno is hoping to draw out Republican voters who believe that the gas tax will go away if they vote no. But, this is not true. read more

Listed: Christie’s dismal record of caring for New Jersey

bridgegateIt isn’t just the George Washington Bridge that Christie has obstructed in his home state. Here’s an excellent list from One New Jersey showing many of the ways Gov. Chris Christie has failed to do his job. Sections include:

  • Jobs Lost – NJ Falling Behind
  • New Jersey Families Falling Behind Crumbling Infrastructure & Rising Costs
  • Abusing Taxpayer Money
  • Taxpayer-Funded Corporate Bailouts
  • And No Job Gains Budget Mismanagement: Costing NJ Taxpayers

New federal sign regulations drive change on the Garden State Parkway

exit shuffle at GSP woodbridge
On the GSP, New Exit 41 opens in Atlantic City area today to provide direct access to Jimmie Leeds Road. Until now, Motorists have accessed the road by driving through the AC service area.

And in a few days, Woodbridge area drivers in the low 130s will get a bit of an exit shuffle on either side of the highway. NJ.com’s @LarryHiggs explains:

What’s changing? On the northbound parkway, Exit 131 will become Exit 132, Feeney said. On the southbound parkway, Exit 131 will become Exit 132 and Exit 131A will become Exit 131, Feeney said. read more

Key Dates for October and November NJ Elections

Dem special Senate election candidates (sm)

Dem special Senate election candidates
Clockwise from left: Holt, Booker, Pallone, Oliver
New Jersey Voters are going to have a busy summer and fall with two upcoming elections taking place on Wednesday, October 16 to elect Senator Frank Lautenberg’s replacement … and the general election happening less than three weeks later on Tuesday, November 5. This year, every single state level politician in New Jersey is up for re-election: assemblypeople, state senators and the governor.
Trenton Times Reporter George Amick gives us the list of election related dates we’re going to need to “keep track of”: read more

New Jersey County Clerks

A more extensive list containing both County Clerk and Board of Election contact information, including fax numbers, is available here.

Atlantic County Clerk
5901 Main Street
CN 2005
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Bergen County Clerk
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Burlington County Clerk
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Camden County Clerk
2015 The Mall at Voorhees Town Center, 2nd Floor
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Cape May County Clerk
7 North Main Street
DN 109
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-3096
Cumberland County Clerk
Court House Building
60 West Broad Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Essex County Clerk
Hall of Records
465 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Gloucester County Clerk
Court House
P.O. Box 129
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Hudson County Clerk
257 Cornelison Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Hunterdon County Clerk
Hall of Records
71 Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
Mercer County Clerk
100 Court House Annex
209 South Broad Street, P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650
Middlesex County Clerk
P.O. Box 1110
New Brunswick, NJ08903-1110
Monmouth County Clerk
33 Mechanic Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
Morris County Clerk
Administration & Records Building
P.O. Box 315
Morristown, NJ 07963-0315
Ocean County Clerk
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
Passaic County Clerk
401 Grand Street, Room 130
Paterson, NJ 07505
Salem County Clerk
P.O. Box 18
92 Market Street
Salem, NJ 08079
Somerset County Clerk
P.O. Box 3000
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Sussex County Clerk
Sussex County Clerk’s Office
83 Spring Street, Suite 304
Newton, NJ 07860
Union County Clerk
2 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
Warren County Clerk
413 Second Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823

Obama Cares. Romney is just clueless.

Christie thanks Obama for his help

Christie thanks Obama for his helpA pretty odd report by CBS News tries to show Obama in a bad light, but since there’s no legitimate criticism to report, the article ends up grudgingly praising the President’s stewardship of the nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. CBS points out that President Obama will shine if he simply takes good care of the nation in these difficult days – which Obama will of course do consummately well, because he’s an excellent manager and he cares – and laments that Romney as the non-encumbent can’t do much to counterbalance that. read more

Expanded student demographic data now on ELC website

chart of funding weighted per pupilOver the years, Education Law Center (ELC) has become the “go-to” source where parents, policymakers and advocates can find high quality, in-depth data and other useable information on New Jersey’s public schools. This organization is committed to continuing to provide timely and relevant data in a highly functional and interactive format and is pleased to announce that visitors can now find an expanded range of student data on their website: racial/ethnic composition, poverty rates, limited English proficiency rates, and special education rates of NJ public school students, whether enrolled in district schools or charter schools. read more

Just how bad is Chris Christie?

Why wouldn’t wealthy conservatives love Chris Christie? He zealously protects their interests: keep the poor working without perks and benefits for the benefit and comfort of the wealthy. Eradicate environmental friendly laws that put more value on people’s health than on businesses dumping toxic waste in communities where people live or incinerating it into their air supply; on developing projects that deplete, or destroy, natural resources which are everyone’s concern and responsibility, or pollute beyond imagination the land they occupy. Get the most money possible away from the public school system because an educated customer is not the most easily manipulated consumer or citizen. Raise transportation costs so high people need to work longer hours just to pay the cost of traveling to and from work. Fierce political competition? No problem, just beat them with a bat, call them names, or arrest them! read more

Christie Declares War On the Poor

I can’t really add anything to this succinctly phrased statement by William Colon. He lays out for easy review, the drastic funding cuts Christie has enacted, which strike blow after blow to the most vulnerable of our state.

(Read article in Spanish)

Christie’s War On The Poor

Written by William Colon, executive director of the Latino Institute, Inc. and a contributing writer for the Hall Institute of Public Policy.

“We had a ‘war on poverty’ once, and we lost it, and since poverty is still here, let’s eliminate the poor amongst us.” read more

NJ’s pension debacle: time to rethink pensions?

A recent article gives a view of some of the steps which have caused a public employees pension fund debacle in New Jersey. This very informative, well researched report, is written by a police officer. It seems to be lacking only one piece of essential information: were pension funds actually looted by New Jersey governors, or were employee pay-ins simply not matched, at the 8.5% rate stipulated by law when the funds were created? No matter the answer, it’s apparent that there are serious problems with the pension fund’s management. read more