In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 14, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S-2353, which amends the New Jersey Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (“April Amendments”), more commonly known as New Jersey’s mini-WARN statute. New Jersey initially amended its mini-WARN statute in January 2020 (“January Amendments”), significantly expanding notice requirements and liability when a triggering event occurs. Once the January Amendments take effect, New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to require employers who conduct a covered “mass layoff” or “termination of operations” to pay affected employees severance equivalent to one week’s pay for each full year of employment, even when the employer gives sufficient statutory notice to its workers. In addition, among other things, the January Amendments: (i) increase the required advanced notice period from 60 days to 90 days, (ii) reduce the “mass layoff” minimum threshold to 50 employees at or reporting to an establishment, (iii) redefine “establishment” to include all of an employer’s facilities within New Jersey; and (iv) extend severance liability to corporate affiliates and executives making lay-off decisions.
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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill revising employers’ notice obligations for mass layoffs to create an exception for such actions necessitated by national emergencies, natural disasters, and other specific events.
New Jersey Senate Bill 2374 has expanded protections of the New Jersey Family Leave Act to employees taking time off to care for a family member during the COVID-19 outbreak
On April 14, 2020, Governor Murphy signed legislation amending the New Jersey Family Leave Act and the Temporary Disability Benefits Law to expand an employee’s permissible reasons to take leave and to receive benefits due to COVID-19. This law, S2374, builds upon and revises some of the previous amendments made by S2304, enacted three weeks ago on March 25, 2020.
New Jersey has amended the Family Leave Act (NJFLA) and Temporary Disability Law (TDL) to expand the availability of job-protected leave and benefits for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Jersey Legislature has passed a bill requiring hospitals licensed under New Jersey Statutes Title 26 to report COVID-19-related demographic data (e.g., age, ethnicity, gender, and race) to the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). Previously, the Governor required specific healthcare facilities to report personal protective equipment inventory (see
New Jersey employers contemplating reductions in force can breathe a little easier, at least for a time.
The New Jersey Legislature has passed a bill that authorizes the Governor to provide distressed small businesses the ability to invoke an “emergency rent suspension” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Jersey Legislature has passed a bill to amend the Millville-Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (New Jersey WARN law) to create a notice exception for mass layoffs under specific circumstances and delay the effective date of the previous amendments.
Effective April 13, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., New Jersey Transit and other carriers are directed under New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 125 (EO 125) to implement procedures and policies designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. This is the Governor’s 24th Executive Order since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order 122 (EO 122), suspending all non-essential construction projects effective April 10, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order 119 (EO), extending the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis, originally scheduled to expire on April 8, 2020, an additional 30 days, to May 8, 2020.
New Jersey has emerged as one of the hardest hit states by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued 12 Executive Orders (and counting), some completely closing or substantially limiting the operations of many businesses. New Jersey also expanded protections and benefits for affected workers through swift-moving legislation. At the federal level, two sweeping legislations responding to the crisis were enacted.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, in his 12th Executive Order (EO 113) since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, has authorized the state Director of Emergency Management (OEM), the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, to commandeer “personal services and/or personal property, including medical resources, for the purposes of protecting or promoting the public health, safety, or welfare.”
The Director of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Court has announced a limited reopening set for April 6, 2020. The Director previously announced that all courts would be closed from March 17, 2020 to April 3, 2020 on the heels of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Courts will conduct telephonic conferences on