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Published: Mar 16, 2023

New Jersey Enacts ‘Bill of Rights’ for Temporary Workers

New Jersey Enacts ‘Bill of Rights’ for Temporary Workers
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Update Effective: Aug 5, 2023. However, anti-retaliation provisions are effective May 7, 2023.

On February 6, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Assembly Bill No. A1474 / S511,1 commonly known as the “Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights”, which establishes numerous labor and employment protections for large portions of New Jersey’s temporary workers.

The new law will have significant implications for staffing agencies that place temporary workers in New Jersey employers, and the businesses that utilize such services. It offers additional compensation, benefits and protections for temporary workers, with the cost and burden of compliance placed on employers and staffing agencies that place temporary workers.

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Published: Feb 16, 2023

Updated Layoff Requirements in New Jersey

Updated Layoff Requirements in New Jersey
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Update Effective: April 10, 2023

Amendments to the New Jersey’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, initially introduced in early 2020, are finally set to take effect in April 2023. These updates apply to New Jersey employees of employers with 100 or more employees, and require, among other changes, mandated minimum severance and increased advance notice periods. Employers who are currently planning or may have to later consider layoffs should consult extensively with legal counsel in preparation for compliance with this state WARN law, as well as Federal WARN requirements.

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Published: Oct 13, 2022

New Jersey Issues Guidance on Cannabis Impairment For Employers

New Jersey Issues Guidance on Cannabis Impairment For Employers
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Update Effective: Immediately

On September 9, 2022, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission issued guidance for employers responding to suspected marijuana impairment. Employers are now recommended to establish evidence-based procedures and provide documentation of observed behaviors and physical signs of impairment using a cognitive impairment test or an ocular scan to establish reasonable suspicion. Additionally, the guidance suggests at least two individuals complete an observation report using the provided template, which can be found here.

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Published: Sep 15, 2022

(Jersey City) Pay Transparency Law

(Jersey City) Pay Transparency Law
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Update Effective: Apr 13, 2022

Effective April 13, 2022, Jersey City has enacted a Pay Transparency Law effective April 13, 2022. Employers in Jersey City with 5 or more employees must include a salary range for new positions, promotions, or transfer opportunities. Additionally, benefits offered must also be included in all job postings.

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Published: Sep 15, 2022

New Jersey Expands Family Leave and Anti-Discrimination Notice Requirements

New Jersey Expands Family Leave and Anti-Discrimination Notice Requirements
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Update Effective: Dec 31, 2022

New Jersey has expanded its notice and poster requirements. Under this expansion, employers must now provide an annual notice to employees regarding their rights under the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) and New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). Notices must be provided to each employee once a year and can be provided via email, as a hard copy, or can be uploaded within a company’s website or intranet. If the notice is provided online, all employees must have access to the website, and employers must send a reminder annually for employees to review.

Current required physical posters can also now be posted electronically via a company’s website or intranet. Posters can be posted electronically as long as all employees have access to the website and other notices are posted there as well. Employers must also provide the notice to employees annually.

The required NJLAD poster can be found here and the required NJFLA poster is found here.

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Published: Nov 11, 2021

New Jersey Expands Age Discrimination Protections

New Jersey Expands Age Discrimination Protections
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Update Effective: October 5, 2021

Governor Murphy signed a bill to remove a provision of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) which allowed employers to refuse to hire or promote an employee over 70 years old. The removal of this provision brings NJLAD in line with the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, providing state-level protection for applicants and employees 70 years and older from discriminatory hiring and employment practices related to age.

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Published: Oct 14, 2021

Extensive Changes to New Jersey Employee Misclassification Laws

Extensive Changes to New Jersey Employee Misclassification Laws
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Update Effective: July 8, 2021 and January 1, 2022

This July, New Jersey enacted a series of laws designed to prevent worker misclassification. One of these laws granted the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development the power to issue stop-work orders and penalties to employers who are found to be violating wage, benefit, and tax laws.

Another of these laws, effective January 1, 2022, expands the definition of insurance fraud under The New Jersey Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (NJIFA) to include actions taken by employers who knowingly misclassify workers to avoid paying various required insurance premiums. Both laws introduce additional and significant monetary penalties for employers found to be violating these new requirements.

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Published: Sep 16, 2021

New guidance regarding marijuana in the workplace for New Jersey employers

New guidance regarding marijuana in the workplace for New Jersey employers
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Update Effective: Immediately

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRE) published its first set of rules and regulations as it relates to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREMMA). While more guidance is still forthcoming, this publication specifically addresses that employers are prohibited from taking adverse employment action against a worker on the singular basis of their use of marijuana or if the employee fails a drug test for marijuana.

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Published: Jun 11, 2021

New Jersey Expands Several Employee Leave Benefits

New Jersey Expands Several Employee Leave Benefits
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Update Effective: Immediately

Many benefits available in the state of New Jersey have been expanded in light of COVID-19. Among those impacted, the state’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law and Family Leave Act, as well as its Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance benefit programs, have been updated to include certain COVID-19-related absences to care for oneself or a family member.

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Published: Feb 22, 2021

New Jersey’s Recreational Marijuana Law

New Jersey’s Recreational Marijuana Law
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Update Effective: February 22, 2021

Last month, Governor Murphy signed a law legalizing recreational marijuana. The law impacts employers in several ways, specifically as it relates to applicant and employee drug testing, and adverse employment action on the basis of positive results. While certain provisions of the new law became effective immediately, provisions impacting employers will not become effective until the state takes regulatory action. Employers should continue to monitor developments, as rules and regulations will be adopted in the coming months.

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Published: Nov 12, 2020

Health and Safety Protocols

Health and Safety Protocols
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Update Effective: November 5, 2020

Governor Murphy signed an executive order that requires New Jersey employers to adhere to several health and safety protocols for their in-person workforce. The order is effective November 5, 2020, and includes an obligation to provide masks and sanitization materials, conduct daily health checks, and notify all employees of any exposure to COVID-19, among other requirements.

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Published: Jun 15, 2020

July 1 Updates to Paid Leave Benefits

July 1 Updates to Paid Leave Benefits
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Update Effective: July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1, paid family leave claims in the state of New Jersey will be eligible for an additional six weeks of partial pay, for a new maximum duration of twelve weeks per year of consecutive leave, or 56 days of intermittent leave.

The new weekly benefit rate for both Family Leave Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance will increase to 85% of a claimant's average weekly wage, up to a maximum of $881 per week.

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