Paid sick laws are good for employees, customers, AND businesses

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy I get really tired of the knee-jerk reactions of special interest groups against any new idea. But such is the state of our system of democracy today. What we need are solutions to problems that such organizations can accommodate — they need to give a little. Business organizations should support an earned, paid sick leave law because it is the right thing to do and it will be good for business. Witness in a recent National Public Radio report, the …

The Care Act is now law in NJ and will benefit Caregivers and their loved ones

Posted on 01/28/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy   © iStockPhoto\kali9 Caring for loved ones is a 24/7 job with no paid time off. That’s one reason why AARP is working so hard to make life just a little easier for those who give so much taking care of others. And that’s why we are so thankful to have strong leaders such as Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senator Joe Vitale, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, and Senator Bob Singer, AARP New Jersey’s Capitol Caregivers, in our corner. These caregiving trailblazers …

Fight to Keep Phone Landlines Available

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In New Jersey, where Verizon has not rebuilt some of the telephone lines destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, AARP is fighting to keep landlines available. “Phone companies are nudging customers toward wireless service, but for some people, a landline is a lifeline,” said Dave Mollen, AARP state president. Copper-wire connections are needed to monitor most medical equipment and home security systems, and wireless technology is less reliable during emergencies. About 94 percent of registered New Jersey voters age 50-plus …

Three years is LONG ENOUGH, BPU! It’s time for JCP&L to STOP OVERCHARGING its customers!

Posted on 12/17/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy TRENTON – It’s been three years since the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel first asked the Board of Public Utilities to open a rate case to investigate the earnings of Jersey Central Power & Light. Now, three years later, the BPU has not yet acted on this case, and every day JCP&L customers continue to be hurt. This morning at the State House, thousands of AARP members and JCP&L customers said enough is enough in the form of over …

New Jersey’s CARE Act Will Help Women

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy When older adults need support from loved ones to get through their recovery period at home after checking out of a hospital, who assumes the burden of “caregiving”? The answer is usually women, who are already juggling with the demands of being competent at work, be responsible as wives, mothers and daughters. On behalf of these women, spending on average, 20 hours per week in this unpaid role of family caregiving, I would like to send my heartiest appreciation to …

Caregiving Issues Draw Concern

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Aliya S. King When Wil Hylton’s mother became too infirm to live alone, he and his wife, Ghana, began searching for a new home—one with a ground-floor bedroom. The Hyltons bought a house in Montclair in 2009, but they hadn’t considered another expense—the need for a home health aide to assist his mother while Hylton and his wife were at work. “My mother’s insurance would only cover a caregiver for three hours a day,” said Hylton, now 49. “That …