The case is now before the New Jersey Supreme Court, which will interpret the NJPWFA for the first time. It is crucially important that the Supreme Court take this opportunity to affirm the central purpose of the NJPWFA: to ensure that pregnant workers in need of accommodations are not penalized or pushed out of a job.
Lame duck amendments made to the state’s paid sick leave initiative effectively gutted the law in a way that will mean that millions of Michigan workers who were originally covered by the initiative will be denied any paid sick time. Because the Michigan constitution gives Michigan voters the right to put important public issues on the ballot and because the lame duck legislature took that right away, we believe the Legislature’s changes to be unconstitutional.
We will be monitoring this case closely in the months ahead, as we work to ensure that no woman is forced to choose between her economic security and a healthy pregnancy.