Amazon will lay off 36 Jersey City employees and transfer 41 others to its offices in Newark and New York City, effective May 31.
Amazon employs a little more than 100 people in Jersey City and more than 14,000 people throughout New Jersey. The online giant post a WARN disclosure about the Jersey City departures on Thursday.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN Act, is a federal law requiring companies to make public layoffs of certain sizes under different circumstances. New Jersey also has its own WARN law.
The news arises against the backdrop of Amazon’s search for a second headquarters, with Newark among cities short-listed for that project.
The transferred employees will keep their jobs and pay. The laid-off employees work in Amazon’s consumer and retail businesses, a spokesperson said, and Amazon will try to find them similar jobs within the company.
“Amazon is made up of many different initiatives,” the spokesperson said. “A small number of these are shrinking, while most are growing very rapidly. We’ve made small head count reductions in a couple of places, while continuing to aggressively hire in others. We have a dedicated HR and recruiting team that helps many employees find new roles on the many teams that are hiring.”
New Jersey’s WARN threshold requires companies to file a public notice to be filed when 50 employees are being laid off or transferred.