NJ's Mandated Severance Requirement, paused during COVID, set to resume

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UPDATE: Governor signed this bill into law on January 11th.  It takes effect in 90 days (4/10/2023).

Amendments to the N.J. WARN Act (NJWARN), which were paused during the COVID pandemic, are set to resume under a bill recently passed by the NJ Legislature.  Among other changes, NJWARN will now require employers with 100 or more employees to:

  • provide ninety days' (up from sixty days') advance notice in the event of a covered mass layoff or plant closure; and
  • provide employees discharged in a covered mass layoff or plant closure with severance pay equal to one week of pay for each full year of employment.

The bill now heads to Governor Phil Murphy's desk for signing. As currently drafted, the amendments to the NJWARN will take effect ninety days after the governor signs the bill.  EANJ member's can access our law summary here.