New Jersey Delays Implementation of New Layoff Notification Law Until COVID-19 Emergency Ends

On April 14, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed S2353 making New Jersey the latest state to take action concerning its mass layoff notification law in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new law delays the effective date of S3170, which was scheduled to go into effect on July 19, 2020 and made substantial changes to the state’s “mini” WARN law, until 90 days after the expiration of governor’s COVID-19 state of emergency order. Perhaps most significantly, the new law makes clear that mass layoffs necessitated by the COVID-19 “national emergency” do not trigger the NJWARN law and even makes this applicable to mass layoffs that took place after March 9, 2020.

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