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N.J. Could Be First State to Approve Law Inspired by Toys ‘R’ Us

  • Law would require severance pay for employees in mass firings
  • Legislation passed by Assembly, heads to governor for signing
A Geoffrey the Giraffe plush toy sits on display at a Toys "R" Us Inc. store in Paramus, New Jersey.
A Geoffrey the Giraffe plush toy sits on display at a Toys "R" Us Inc. store in Paramus, New Jersey.Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

New Jersey took one step closer to broadening the rights of workers on Monday when the state Assembly passed a bill inspired by the bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us Inc.

The law would require one week’s pay for each year of employment for workers in the event of mass firings from companies with more than 100 employees. It also would extend the employee-notice period to 90 days from 60 days.