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Laid off? NJ pushes plan for employees to get a week’s severance pay for every year worked

 | February 7, 2019 |

Bruce Miller worked at a Sears Auto Center in Toms River for more than 35 years before losing his job last April as the once-iconic retailer shuttered storefronts on its descent toward bankruptcy.

Miller, 56, got eight weeks’ severance, but it wasn’t enough. Within weeks, he lost his house and saw his medical insurance lapse, and he is now struggling to find stable work.

Now New Jersey lawmakers want to give Miller and employees like him a legally guaranteed severance package of at least one week’s pay for every year worked.

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