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Hi, thanks for submitting your question today. My name is John. I have over 13 years of legal and consulting experience in this area. I’m happy to assist you with your question today. I'm sorry to hear about your job loss.
To properly answer your question I need some information.
How many employees does this employer have ?
What is anything does your contract state in regard to the employer's ability to lay you off - i.e., does it have to be for cause, and what if any notice must they give you?
What exactly does your contract state regarding vacation pay at termination of employment?
I see. There is no law mandating any amount of time or form of notice of termination absent a mass layoff (i.e. a plant shutdown or layoff of 25 or more people, in which case there may be penalty owed to you and others without compliance). You are entitled to COBRA benefits under NJ state law. Your best bet would be to contact the NJ Dept of Insurance and file a complaint, here : http://www.nj.gov/dobi/division_insurance/ihcseh/sehguide2016/continuation.html
Likewise, employers are supposed to give employees unemployment form BC-10 (which informs of the right to unemployment compensation) but are only penalized by the government in the amount of $50 for not providing it.
I am of the opinion however that you are owed those two weeks of vacation - you should file a claim with the NJ Dept of Labor for that - you can do that here: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wagehour/complnt/complaint_forms.html
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