New Laws Bolster NJ's Worker-Friendly Bona Fides, Attys Say

By Vin Gurrieri (January 22, 2020, 11:03 PM EST) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a spate of employee-friendly bills into law Tuesday, including one statute that stiffens penalties on employers for misclassifying workers and another that requires businesses to pay severance to workers impacted by mass layoffs.

The series of new employment laws includes several statutes geared toward the hot-button issue of workers being misclassified as independent contractors. While contractors are afforded fewer workplace protections than individuals categorized as employees, business advocates often argue that contractor status affords workers greater flexibility and certain other benefits.

Ryan T. Warden, a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC's offices...

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