Sunday, February 1, 2015


 What a finish, it will go down in the annals of the Super Bowl.

That is more than I can say about the scheduled Agenda Fixing Session Monday night; if it is not postponed by the weather. As I write this at 10pm it is snowing and all predictions indicate that Monday will be bad. Of the choices between 10-12 inches of snow or up to 4 with freezing rain I would take the heavy snowfall.

If it is bad evening time my old aching bones say stay at home.

Much of my comments about the agenda are still valid although I was able to print it out and read some of the backup material.

I have some questions including one about Resolution Q; the submitting of the CDBG funding request. How were and by whom were the seven residents who made up the ad hoc Community Development Review Committee selected? How representative of the community? Did any have any conflict of interests? Why is Union County College’s Urban Garden Initiative (whatever that is?) more important than Plainfield’s Roadway improvement?

Incidentally although the results were not altered, the formula used to create a rank is faulty.  The individual rankings were added up and divided by 7(the number of members) but in the case no value was given it was not taken into account and the same divisor used.

I am somewhat confused by proposed Ordinance 2015-07 amending the City Health Code with a new article entitled “Sick Leave for Private Employees”. Is the city mandating all nonpublic (City or Authorities) employers in the city to provide “sick leave pay for any employee who works over 80 hours in the year?

The intent may be worthwhile; but is it economically feasible, or will it accomplish the conclusions stated in Whereas 2? Does the City have the legal right for such an Ordinance, or the enforceable capabilities? Could there be a political motivation for this Ordinance?

I hope the Council will have read it and be sure of the answers  has well as the premises which I believe to be faulty in some of their conclusions.  


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    1. Rebeccaa's comment was more personal to me then general. She is the proposer o the Ordinance and on her blog (see clips) there is an explanation and links of interest.which I advise to be read.

  2. Doc...The City of NY passed a similar law. So I guess its legal in New Jersey. A member of my family owns a small business in NY.. He is compelled to provide 7 paid sick days a year by NYC Statue. Wonderful. The employees frequently do not bother to call in to report their pending absence. This includes those who open shop in the morning. Since only 2 or 3 are on duty each shift these events create minor chaos and loss of revenue. There is nothing in the law that establishes the requirement that the employee give notice, or demonstrate that the cause for absence was an illness. The rates which the business charges for their services are at the perimeter of what is marketable. The City is considering minimum wage legislation. At $15/hour, the amount contemplated, the options are to abandon the business which would cost the 14 full time employees their jobs, or cut the hours of the employees back to less than full time to avoid adherence to the law. Obtaining people with a minimum degree of computer ability is difficult, when they can sit home and collect perpetual unemployment. There is no incentive either to learn or work. This business complies with all laws. It pays taxes, Workman Compensation and Liability insurance premiums, and only employs legally employable people. Half of the small businesses and contractors in the US today employ help off the books. They pay degraded wages in cash to exploited illegals. They avoid paying payroll taxes, insurances and benefits, and income taxes Given the universality of these practice the loss in tax revenues aggregates to millions, perhaps billions s of dollars. These laws fertilize the growth of these illegal practices.The focus of the legislators might be better utilized in cleaning up this mess, and attaching reasonable provisions to mandated compensation laws that distinguish between small and large businesses. It is also interesting that the City Council is concerned with employee benefits in small businesses that involves a portion of the population, and ignores the excessive charges of the PMUA which impact the entire population.

  3. Come on give me a break. Everyone deserves sick time. If they do not call out and follow the company procedure then that is easy to fire them. The rest will comply. Also just because a you can do something in NY does not mean it isolines NJ.

  4. Doc, you bring up an interesting point. Municipalities are subdivisions of the State, and derive their powers through the State. Without State legislation that empowers municipalities to pass such a law, or a statewide law, I don't believe a blanket ordinance would be found constitutional under the 10th Amendment. Such a law has been introduced in the NJ Legislature (A2354/S785) but has not yet been passed. However, as in Philadelphia, the city could impose the requirement on itself, its agencies, or for any businesses doing work for the city or receiving financial aid from the city.

  5. While well meaning, I have issues with this ordinance.

    1. Most people, if they "earn" sick days will take them, whether they are sick are not. They effectively would become additional vacation days. It's just human nature.

    2. I object to the government interfering with small business. Small businesses have a hard enough time making it financially in the current environment. This just becomes another additional cost. The result is small business will either cut people to part-time where they don't qualify or cut jobs, and force current employees to take up the slack. Or, the business will pay people off the books.

    3. This will be an added cost to the business, which means the business may very well charge more for it's services/goods. Competitors in other towns that don't have these costs will be more attractive. So, effectively the city of Plainfield by MANDATING this law, will be driving customers to other towns where this law is not in effect. For businesses considering Plainfield, this could be a deterrent for coming to the city.

    4. Our government is too much manipulating and interfering with our private lives and our businesses. More laws do not make things better. Small businesses are the biggest employers in the US.

    We currently have more small businesses closing than opening. Laws like Obamacare and this are business-killers. It's not worth it for people to keep a business open, if you can't make money or get a return on your investment and hard work. This means fewer jobs, which reinforces the declining economy.

    The problem is government officials are well-meaning, but do not understand the impacts of their decisions, because they are not economists. Things have to be paid for somehow. The money just doesn't magically appear. Small businesses, unlike the Federal government, can't print money.