In January 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Loss Job Notification Act (“NJ WARN Act”) requiring employers to provide severance to employees who lose their job in a mass reduction in force. Due to the pandemic, New Jersey amended the effective date of the NJ WARN Act to 90 days after the termination of Executive Order 103 (“EO 103”) of 2020, which declares a state of emergency in New Jersey due to COVID-19.
Currently, EO 103 is set to expire on June 13, 2021. Governor Murphy indicated that EO 103 may not be extended further if New Jersey manages the ongoing threat to public health without the need of the state of emergency. If EO 103 expires on June 13, 2021, the NJ WARN Act will go into effect on September 11, 2021.
The most significant changes to New Jersey’s current WARN Act include the following: