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Employee Job-Sharing Furlough Protection Act Now Law

Employee Job-Sharing Furlough Protection Act Now Law

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On July 2, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A4132) which modifies the State’s shared work program and changes eligibility for the State’s unemployment insurance program. Participating in a shared work program is a viable way for employers to avoid layoffs, and for workers to continue to receive benefits as we work toward economic recovery. 

The legislation provides eligible employers guidance on how to participate in a shared work program as permitted under New Jersey law. Under the program, employers could reduce hours for a group of workers, and those workers may be eligible for short-term unemployment benefits for their lost hours of work. Workers could continue to receive health insurance, pension coverage and other benefits.
Additionally, the measure addresses employees of education institutions, who under prior to this law may not receive UI benefits when unemployed during a holiday or break between successive academic terms, including the summer, even if the institution is in session. The measure provides that employees who are laid off in the summer may receive benefits even if the institution is in session during the summer, among other protections.

For more information about the Shared Work program, contact the Division of Employer Accounts at
Please reach out to Hilary Chebra, Manager, Government Affairs at if you have any questions.  

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