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Maine has a relatively short legislative session, formally ending it over the next month or two, but not so New Jersey.  As we advised you in last week’s Small Regular, the State Assembly recently advanced A-2354, the Paid Sick Leave Bill, which will require all businesses – regardless of size – to provide between five and nine day of paid sick leave each year to all full and part-time employees, regardless of whether the employer already offers paid sick leave or not!  As if that weren’t enough, New Jersey lawmakers are also contemplating a couple of other egregious initiatives.  S-1484 is the so-called “Opportunity To Compete” Bill (also known as the “Ban The Box” bill) which will prohibit an employer from considering a prospective employee’s criminal history until AFTER the employer has made a conditional offer of employment!  Sort of the employment equivalent of “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it” I’d say.  In addition, if passed, A-3810 will triple current employer reporting requirements for NJ employers with 50 or more employees, from the current quarterly requirement to a new monthly one!