In the tough economic times brought on by COVID-19, many governors and mayors, including New Jersey’s Governor Murphy, have said that widespread layoffs may be necessary if federal assistance is not forthcoming. Our attorneys represent New Jersey Civil Service employees, and we see the struggles they are facing. Given this, we thought the time was right to review the layoff rights available under New Jersey Civil Service law.
A layoff is the termination of a permanent employee’s employment because of economic reasons. Demotions or reduction of hours for economic reasons are also treated as layoffs, triggering the rights and procedures applicable to layoffs.