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Like most states, New Jersey is an at-will employment state, meaning that for the most part, either side can end the relationship without a good reason. There are a few exceptions for employers, who cannot fire you based on things like age or race. They also can't fire employees who have a contract, whether written or implied. The scheduling of an employee's hours and/or days of work are up to the discretion of the employer and being an at-will state could terminate you if you refuse to change your hours.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year to many employees who need it for their own serious health condition, to care for a new baby and certain other reasons. New Jersey laws offers similar protections and also require up to six weeks of paid leave for specific reasons.
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