Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mason and Castellano look to strike Hoboken small businesses proposing mandatory sick pay

A MSV reader submitted the following guest piece upon learning about a resolution on the agenda for Wednesday night's City Council meeting forcing all Hoboken businesses with ten or more employees to institute mandatory sick pay. 

The resolution sponsored by Beth Mason and First ward councilwoman Terry Castellano appears word for word to be lifted from one recently passed in Jersey City.

A resolution proposed by Councilwoman Beth Mason and Councilwoman Teresa Castellano proposes to enforce mandatory sick pay for businesses employing 10 or more in Hoboken.

This is an egregious overreach of municipal government—one that, at a glance, seems squarely targeted at Hoboken’s bar and restaurant owners.

The hospitality industry is not an office job—if someone calls in sick you don’t just sit there all day and look at an empty chair, you have to fill that spot with someone who can get the job done. The premise behind this legislation would essentially require bar and restaurant owners to pay twice for the same amount of work—once for the person who did the job, and another for the person who couldn’t make it.

Meanwhile the hospitality industry is typically self-correcting. If a person misses a shift, someone covers it—then the person whose shift was covered returns the favor. Everyone gets paid for the work they do, and no one gets screwed over.

In a town where the median age is increasing, bar stools are being replaced by highchairs, liquor licenses cost upwards of half a million dollars and customers can’t park, this is just another swift kick to the bottom line for Hoboken’s small businesses. Perhaps the city misses the revenue it used to get fining bars for the mess from St. Patrick’s Day house parties, so they need to make up the difference by getting into the books of an already taxed hospitality industry.

In the end, what this will ultimately mean is that the 10th guy hired in a Hoboken kitchen will probably start having to look for another job—not because bar and restaurant owners are necessarily heartless, they simply can’t run their business in the face of such invasive, predatory bureaucracy.


Beth Mason is preparing to stick it to Hoboken small business. A resolution she's sponsored with Councilwoman Terry Castellano mandates sick pay for all local businesses with ten or more employees. 

Talking Ed Note: This is classic government over regulation of the worst kind: local. It's bad enough when remote government bureaucrats gin up business killing regulations. In this instance, Hoboken council members should be looking to identify ways to help promote Hoboken business not kill it.

Unrelated, any attempt to obtain information on guest submissions to MSV has been and will be thwarted under the substantial strength of the NJ reporter's privilege, re: the Shield Law. Abuse of process, using the NJ courts to obtain the identities of anonymous guest submissions will be legally blocked by MSV.

If you wish to send a guest submission, either published in your name or anonymously feel free to do so at smartyjones@me.com. Guest pieces should focus on an area of interest to Hoboken readers and consist of 1,000 words or less.

Sign of the Times: Beth Mason leaves court after filing allegation against MSV

Beth Mason leaves Hoboken Municipal Court today following her harassment allegation against MSV.
The case exits Hoboken on a change of venue by the court.

MSV saw a change of venue in the latest action by Hoboken's litigious councilwoman from the second ward, Beth Mason, who filed a harassment charge against the editor the week of September 15th.

Beth Mason is anticipated to seek retaining the second ward council seat up for election next November, one of nine on the Hoboken City council. She's been mentioned in media reports as trying to obtain a coveted spot on a potential State Senator Steve Sweeney ticket for Lt. Governor.  The State Senator is thought to be a candidate in waiting for New Jersey governor bringing a south Jersey base in a possible match up against Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

MSV issued two related stories on the action by Beth Mason in a story here and a prophetic one in advance at the link below:

MSV stands by its story and looks forward to both the truth and full transparency coming to light. 

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