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New Jersey Legislative Updates

New Jersey Update Summary

New Jersey Issues Final Earned Sick Leave Law Regulations.

On January 6, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development issued regulations regarding the enforcement of New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law (which took effect in October 2018). The regulations include many comments and responses that provide insight into the law’s
interpretation.

New Jersey Clarifies 2019 Individual Mandate Reporting.

The State of New Jersey has again updated the information related to employer reporting beginning in 2020 under New Jersey’s individual health insurance mandate that went into effect January 1, 2019. Employers (including out-of-state employers) who provided health coverage to New Jersey residents enrolled in self-funded group health plans must issue participant statements by March 2, 2020 and remit to the state by March 31, 2020 the same Forms 1095-C provided to the IRS for calendar year 2019. Employers with fully insured plans may generally rely on the insurance carrier to issue statements and file required information with the state. New Jersey has established the statement issuance date and filing deadline to coincide with recent IRS guidance for ACA reporting compliance. 

New Jersey Amends the NJ WARN Act.

On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed legislation that greatly expands the reach and enhances the benefits under the Milville-Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (the NJ WARN Act). The law becomes effective July 19, 2020. Employers with employees in New Jersey should consult with employment counsel to ensure compliance with the Act when considering layoffs, closing a facility or transferring employees to a new location.

 

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