Unemployment compensation in labor disputesA bill sponsored by Senate Labor Committee Vice Chair Joseph F. Vitale and Sen. Vin Gopal to permit individuals who are unemployed because of a labor dispute to collect unemployment compensation under certain circumstances is now law after being signed by the governor.The new law, S-1046, will allow unemployment compensation during a labor dispute if it was caused by the failure of an employer to comply with an agreement or existing labor laws. It specifies that if a dispute is caused by any other reason, unemployment compensation would not be available for the first 30 days of unemployment.The bill outlines that a waiting period would not apply if the employer hires a permanent replacement worker and that any hired replacement workers would be presumed to be permanent unless the employer certifies in writing that the unemployed individual would be able to return to their position when the labor dispute ends.”It’s been long recognized that workers’ rights are human rights and that it is just and fair to uphold workers as they struggle to better their working conditions, compensation and benefits,” said Vitale, D-Middlesex. “This bill provides the framework needed to protect New Jersey’s workers from financial hardship while they exercise their right to fight for safe and fair working conditions.”
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“Workers’ Rights”? What about employers’ rights? And we will all pay in higher prices. Argh!
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