Fisher Phillips: New Jersey Approves Greater Protections For Employee Mass Layoffs | Practical Law
This Law Firm Publication by Fisher Phillips addresses New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's signing of an expansion of the New Jersey WARN Act on January 21, which requires employers to provide severance pay and increased advance notice to most workers affected by a mass layoff or termination or a transfer of operations. Under the new law, covered employers must provide severance of a week's pay for each year of service in all mass layoffs or termination or transfer of operations, even if the employer provides timely notice. Covered employers must also give employees at least 90 days of notice before the first employment terminations that result from a mass layoff or termination or transfer of operations. The publication discusses a range of frequently asked questions concerning the new law, including which employers are covered, what is considered a mass layoff, and the consequences of failing to comply with the new law. New Jersey will become the first US state to mandate severance pay during layoffs when the law becomes effective on July 19, 2020.