Anyone who turns on a TV in Morristown to watch the news will be hit these days with stories about the pandemic, civil unrest and a reeling economy, among others. It is in that context understandable that some news outlets gloss over important information about ever-changing New Jersey employment law.
Unfortunately, perhaps, the law doesn't allow employers time to absorb and analyze each day's often shocking or bewildering or disturbing headlines. Instead, businesses have employment law deadlines, complete with changes that need to be adopted, to meet on a regular basis.
Here's a quick look at some deadlines of the recent past, present and near future:
- January 2020
Labor contractors that provide workers can now have joint liability for misclassified workers. Regulators are now authorized to issue financial penalties and stop-work orders for worker misclassification violations.
- March 2020
New Jersey amended its Earned Sick Leave Act, Family Leave Act and Temporary Disability Benefits Law regarding workers impacted by a state emergency or quarantine or isolation order. Paid sick leave qualifying reasons were expanded, as were qualifying reasons for leave and eligibility for temporary disability benefits.
- April 2020
Employers are required to post notices of worker rights under New Jersey classification laws.
- June 17, 2020
Eligible workers who return on a reduced basis while recovering from a disability will be paid reduced temporary disability benefits.
- July 1, 2020
Maximum family leave insurance benefits are doubled to 12 weeks. When taken on an intermittent basis, the maximum rises from 42 days to 56 days. Temporary disability and family leave insurance benefits rise to 85 percent of the employee's annual weekly wage (this benefit is capped at 70 percent of the state's average weekly wage).
Your company's employment policies, procedures and related concerns can be addressed individually or on an ongoing basis with our Morristown employment law firm.