Business groups file lawsuit over Trenton’s paid leave law

Some business organizations are suing New Jersey’s capital city over a new ordinance that would require businesses to offer employees paid sick leave.

The lawsuit was filed in state court on Monday, two days before the law is scheduled to take effect in Trenton.

Voters in the city overwhelmingly approved the measure in a referendum in November.

Advocates for the laws see a statewide measure as unlikely for now, so they have focused on local ordinances. On Monday, Bloomfield became the 9th New Jersey town to adopt one.

The businesses that are suing say the law allowing employees one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked is “vague, ambiguous, and contrary to New Jersey law.”

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