Pushing for Better Sick Leave Policies

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | New Jersey Jersey City and Newark are the first two cities in the state to pass laws requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to let workers earn up to five paid sick days a year to care for themselves or ailing family members. AARP New Jersey, which pushed for the municipal ordinances, hopes to take the policy statewide. “Sick leave is critical not only for working parents with young children, but for workers caring for grandchildren or aging parents,” said Marilyn …

Become a volunteer speaker today!

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey | Volunteering Are you great at speaking in public? Help AARP by giving educational lectures throughout New Jersey to help empower the 50+ community. The Speaker’s Bureau is made up of AARP members who volunteer their time and skills to keep New Jersey’s 50+ informed about the issues that matter to them. Speakers present at local community organizations, private businesses, houses of worship, and AARP chapters. Current topics include: Today’s AARP, Health Care Reform and Medicare, Prescription Affordability, Social Security and Medicare, …

Need Help With Your 1040 Forms?

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | New Jersey | Volunteering    By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Sixteen years ago, Carol Ober answered a newspaper advertisement seeking volunteers for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. A former middle school mathematics teacher, Ober felt confident she could help other New Jersey residents prepare their taxes. “I’ve always done my family’s taxes,” said Ober, 70, of Princeton. For about 10 weeks every winter since, Ober has helped dozens of New Jersey residents complete their tax returns. In Mercer County alone, Tax-Aide volunteers assisted more than 4,000 people …


Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | New Jersey That’s how many New Jersey residents were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, 365,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.

AARP to BPU: Crucial defects continue to plague fatally-flawed “Energy Strong” proposal

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey TRENTON- Today, on behalf of AARP, Barbara R. Alexander testified at evidentiary hearings on PSE&G’s multi-billion “Energy Strong” proposal, which would represent the largest rate increase in New Jersey history, yet would only provide modest benefit to a small minority of customers. Yet 100% of PSE&G customers would pay. Alexander served for 10 years as Director of the Consumer Assistance Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Since 1996, she has served as an independent consultant focusing on issues concerning …

Paid Sick Leave in NJ

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | New Jersey © iStockPhoto\shironosovPaid sick time for private-sector employees in the two largest cities in New Jersey will soon be a reality. Indeed, new ordinances in Jersey City and Newark will assure these workers of having paid sick time at their disposal if they or a loved one in their care should fall ill. Under these new city ordinances, full time private-sector employees would be entitled to mandated paid sick time after having worked for a specified time period. The number of …