On January 10, 2023, Governor Philip D. Murphy signed into law S3162 / A4768, which makes the 2020 amendments to NJ WARN effective 90 days from his signature, irrespective of whether a State of Emergency still exists.
In the first such decision from a federal appellate court, the Fifth Circuit has ruled the COVID-19 pandemic is not a “natural disaster” that exempts employers from providing advance notice of mass layoffs and plant closures under the WARN Act.
The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ruled that, in cases involving certain unjustified dismissal claims, the employer is not required to present evidence in a specific way of a bona fide accreditation to lawfully prove the existence of a reorganization plan.
As part of a trend in California, SB 331 broadly limits the use of non-disclosure provisions in various types of employment agreements, including settlement and separation agreements. It takes effect on January 1, 2022.
California is at it again – adopting a host of new labor and employment laws that will further regulate and complicate business operations in the Golden State. This article briefly summarizes the new laws, most of which take effect on January 1, 2022.