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New Jersey Defends Challenge to First-in-Nation Severance Law

Oct. 27, 2020, 5:54 PM

New Jersey’s labor commissioner defended a new state law mandating severance payments for workers affected by mass layoffs, telling a federal judge that a lawsuit challenging the mandate fails for lack of standing and lack of a proper defendant.

Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo on Monday asked that the case be dismissed, saying he isn’t a proper defendant because he has no enforcement authority over any provision of the New Jersey law. Asaro-Angelo also challenged the ERISA Industry Committee’s standing to challenge the law in court, arguing that the non-profit trade association representing employers with benefit plans hasn’t seen its services or...

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