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Murphy signs bill giving striking workers jobless benefits

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Gov. Phil Murphy inked a law Friday that extends jobless benefits to striking works.

The measure, Assembly Bill 3861, was among 19 bills signed by the governor. It had passed out of the Assembly by a 48-25 vote and a 23-14 vote in the Senate.

Under the new law, workers will be allowed to access unemployment compensation during a strike if the labor dispute was caused by the employer’s noncompliance with an agreement or existing labor laws, according to the legislation.

The workers would be subject to a 30-day waiting period unless the employer hires a permanent replacement worker. If not permitted to return to work, the former employer would have to provide back pay lost during the 30-day waiting period.

Friday’s law takes effect immediately and applies to any unemployment claims made after July 1.

Former Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a similar measure in 2016.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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