A Bill sponsored by Senators Stephen Sweeney and Joseph Coniglio has demanded that large employers provide health care for their employees. The Bill requires any large private business (those with more than 1,000 employees) to pay a health contribution of not less than $4 per hour.
Health insurance and whether an employer is responsible for providing that benefit has been a nationwide issue, with Wal-Mart taking most of the heat. Employees not offered health care must rely on New Jersey programs like NJKid Care, NJFamily Care and Medicaid. The $4 employer contribution would go into a large state fund that would be used to treat all employees health concerns.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters have set "Fair Share Health Care" as one of their priorities for 2006. Recently, the Maryland Legislature passed a measure similar to the one proposed in New Jersey.
We'll keep you posted on the outcome.