On January 10, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4768, which amends the Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (“NJ WARN Act”). The amendments will take on April 10, 2023, which is 90 days from Governor Murphy’s signing of the bill.
The significant amendments to the NJ WARN Act include the following:
- New Jersey employers with 100 employees will be covered by the law. This includes both full-time and part-time employees.
- 90 days-notice will be required for mass layoffs, termination of operations, or transfer of operations as defined under the NJ WARN Act.
- Regardless of whether the requisite notice is provided, employers will be required to pay affected employees one-week of severance for each year worked.
- “Mass layoff” under the NJ WARN Act will mean a layoff that affects at least 50 employees at an establishment or reporting to an establishment in the State of New Jersey.
- In the event the requisite notice is not provided, employers will be required to pay four (4) weeks of severance.
The Amendments to the NJ WARN Act are extensive. And, the penalties to employers are significant. Accordingly, it is imperative that employers consult with legal counsel prior to implementing any action under these amendments. If you have any questions about the new amendments to the NJ WARN Act, please contact Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC.
* Frank A. Custode, Esq. is the Managing Partner and Chair of the Employment Practice at Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC.