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NJ NEWS COMMONS: NJ NOW MANDATES SEVERANCE PAY DURING MASS LAYOFFS

Our state just became the first in the nation to enact worker protections during the time people need it most: when they're laid off. Thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, any firm with more than 100 employees must guarantee severance pay — one week for every year of work — to any laid-off employee if more than 50 employees are left without jobs. The law also requires companies to give workers 90 days' notice; otherwise, it must raise the severance pay. (NJ.com)

SALE OF FLAVORED VAPING PRODUCTS NOW BANNED IN NJ

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a new ban on the sale of flavored vaping products yesterday — and it goes into effect in April. A vaping advocate who protested in Trenton said the new law will force people to turn to cigarettes, and it will encourage the development of a black market. The only other state that has enacted a flavored vaping products ban is Massachusetts. (Associated Press)

CERTAIN REALISTIC TOY GUNS ARE NOW ILLEGAL IN NJ

Under a bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy yesterday, any toy gun sold in New Jersey must have a bright orange stripe on its side, and it also can't be black, silver, blue, or aluminum. This goes further than federal law, which requires toy guns to have a bright orange tip. The fines are significant: $500 for the first offense, and $1000 for additional violations after that. (NorthJersey.com)

MURPHY PROMISES NO FARE INCREASE FOR NJ TRANSIT

Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy promised that his administration will not raise NJ Transit fares in 2020. Though this is good news for commuters, the agency faces a $86 million budget gap. The governor hasn't yet offered a specific plan to fix it. NJ Transit's operating budget last year was $2.4 billion. (NJTV News)

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