Depending upon legislative intent, and the context within which the words are used, there can be a big difference between the word “shall” and the word “may.”
This week, Governor Murphy signed S2374 in law, which expands the New Jersey Family Leave Act (“NJFLA”) to allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for a family member for reasons related to COVID-19 or other communicable diseases.
In January we told you about some expansive changes to the NJ WARN Act which were set to go into effect this summer. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Legislature and Governor Murphy have provided New Jersey employers some NJ WARN ACT/ COVID-19 relief.
Today we have set forth how major federal and state legislation, both long standing and recently enacted, come into play during this pandemic.