On November 15, the New Jersey Department of Labor issued proposed new regulations intended to incorporate changes in the law necessitated, for the most part, by P.L. 2010, c. 37 (formerly S1813), the passage of which was discussed in the July 2010 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority. The major regulatory changes proposed include: codifying and defining the three new categories of misconduct causing unemployment – “severe misconduct,” “gross misconduct” and “simple misconduct” (formerly known as “misconduct connected with the work”); modifying the number of weeks of reemployment and total earnings certain employees must meet in order to establish eligibility for unemployment depending on the type of misconduct or cause for separation; and increasing the unemployment disqualification period for certain types of employee misconduct.

Written comments must be submitted by no later than January 14, 2011.

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