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May 05, 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Employees Who Refuse to Come Back to Work

Many employers have found themselves in the following situation. First, they were required to furlough or layoff employees due to COVID-19. Second, the employers were fortunate enough to obtain a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which in turn allowed the employers to offer jobs back to their laid-off employees. » Read More

Apr 23, 2020

Do the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Apply to Immigrant Employees?

The COVID-19 pandemic has expanded the eligibility of American employees for employment-related benefits, including medical leave and unemployment compensation. As the Norris McLaughlin employment law blog, Norris in the Workplace, first reported, President Donald Trump, on March 18, 2020, signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), “which provides paid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act and paid sick leave for absences resulting from COVID-19.” » Read More

Apr 15, 2020

More Changes in New Jersey Employment Law

Yesterday, we reported that New Jersey’s legislature has once again approved a series of bills that seek to provide relief to New Jersey residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among these bills are two that significantly impact employers. We are updating our report to advise you that Governor Murphy has signed both of the employment-related bills into law. » Read More

Apr 14, 2020

More Changes in New Jersey Employment Law Potentially on the Way

New Jersey’s legislature has once again approved a series of bills that seek to provide relief to New Jersey residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among these bills are two changes that significantly impact employers. » Read More

Mar 18, 2020

State and Federal Government Pressed to Meet Unemployment Demands Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

With the widespread closure of businesses and looming unemployment of thousands, state and federal governments have been scrambling to address this result of the coronavirus pandemic. » Read More

Aug 13, 2018

New Jersey Allows Striking Workers to Collect Unemployment Benefits

On Friday, August 10, 2018, Gov. Murphy signed into law a bill which permits the payment of unemployment insurance benefits to striking workers under certain conditions.  The bill amends New Jersey’s unemployment insurance law and provides that (1) if a labor dispute is caused by an employer’s failure or refusal to comply with an agreement, contract or collective bargaining agreement concerning hours, wages and other working conditions, and (2) if unemployment is caused by such a labor dispute through a strike or other concerted employee activity, the striking employee is entitled to unemployment benefits after a 30 day waiting period. » Read More

Apr 03, 2018

Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Necessarily Result in Disqualification for Unemployment Benefits

On March 29, 2018, the Appellate Division in Cottman v. Board of Review ruled that an employee who voluntarily quits when faced with the imminent threat of termination may nevertheless be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Cottman, who worked the overnight shift (11:00 p.m. » Read More

May 02, 2017

New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Act Definition Of “Simple Misconduct” Deemed Arbitrary And Capricious

New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Act (the “Act”) provides for three different levels of misconduct that will result in disqualification for benefits.  “Simple misconduct” disqualifies employees for benefits for the week in which they were discharged and seven additional weeks.  “Severe misconduct” disqualifies employees for benefits until they are reemployed for at least four weeks and earn at least six times their weekly unemployment benefit rate.  » Read More