Legal Alert: Comprehensive Review of New Jersey Employment Law Changes in 2019-2020

During the past 13 months, the New Jersey legislature and governor were very busy changing a wide range of employment laws in the Garden State. For example, in January 2020 alone:

  • A set of new laws was enacted that dramatically increase the penalties on employers and their owners, directors/trustees, officers, and managers for the misclassification of employees as independent contractors and violations of other New Jersey wage and hour laws or employer tax laws.
  • The New Jersey Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act was amended to require that, with respect to employers with 100 or more employees, (1) those employers provide longer advance notice to employees and others of mass layoffs, plant closings, and transfers of operations and (2) the employees terminated as a result of a mass layoff, plant closing, or transfer of operations receive at least one week of severance pay for each full year of employment.

Mark Diana, a Pro Bono Partnership volunteer and a shareholder in the Ogletree Deakins law firm, has written a comprehensive overview of significant changes to New Jersey employment laws during the past 13 months. Mark’s article also highlights additional employment law changes that the legislature currently has before it.

To read Mark’s article, Keeping Up With New Jersey Employment Law Developments, please click here.

See also Pro Bono Partnership’s November 2019 legal alert, New Jersey Changed & Expanded Employment Laws, for a discussion of changes to a few of the laws Mark discusses and a few other laws.


If you have questions about any of these laws, please contact one of the following Pro Bono Partnership lawyers: Christine Michelle Duffy, Esq., at or 973-240-6955 ext. 303, or Alexandra E. Kilduff, Esq., at or 973-240-6955 ext. 305.

This document is provided as a general informational service to volunteers, clients, and friends of Pro Bono Partnership. It should not be construed as, and does not constitute, legal advice on any specific matter, nor does distribution of this document create an attorney-client relationship.