Jersey does not follow the popular trend of faking a sick day

New Jersey in October 2019 enacted the Earned Sick Leave Act which states that every employer must grant all full-time, part-time and temporary employees up to 40 hours per year of earned sick leave to care for themselves or a loved one. Employers who do not comply with this law are subject to severe penalties and fines.

Nationally, there has been an influx of Americans admitting they called in sick when they weren’t. According to a new study by Moneypenny, 50% of Americans make this call to take a sick day when they weren’t, and 29% of those who say they do so for family reasons. If you match those who fake the disease with those who actually are, the workforce here in America continues to take a beating; such has been the case with the pandemic.

As many employees were at home during the pandemic, as soon as the pandemic subsided and employees started returning to their workplaces, more people called to say they had had the second round of Covid-19 when they really hadn’t.

Due to the crushing decline in labor, assets, productivity, and ultimately profits have suffered quite a loss in both corporate America and small local businesses. We have seen too many large establishments that have been in business for many years close their doors due to lack of employees and/or the rising cost of goods to do business.

Those here in New Jersey knowing they have those 40 hours, or a week, to take when sick or to care for a loved one are less likely to call their employer for a fake illness than the national percentage, but to be fair it still happens here in the Garden State, just not as much as the national average.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of our listeners’ suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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