N.J. Admin. Code § 12:17-11.2 - Suitability of work defined

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) In determining whether or not the work is suitable, consideration shall be given to the degree of risk involved to health, safety and morals, the individual's physical fitness and prior training, experience and prior earnings and employee benefits, the individual's length of unemployment, prospects for securing work in the individual's customary occupation and commuting distance.
1. For a position to be considered suitable, all of the factors in (a) above must be judged with respect to the particular individual involved.
2. For purposes of this subchapter, and restricted to those offers of work made during an individual's benefit year, suitability in terms of wages means eighty percent of the claimant's average weekly wage (including the value of employee benefits) during the base year.
3. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this subchapter an offer of work at a rate of pay less than provided by the State minimum hourly wage shall be unsuitable.
(b) No work may be deemed suitable, and an individual will not be disqualified for benefits because of his or her refusal to accept work under any of the following conditions:
1. If the position offered is vacant due directly to a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute;
2. If the wages, hours, or other conditions of work offered are substantially less favorable than those prevailing for similar work in the labor market area; or
3. If, as a condition of being employed, the individual would be required to join a company union or to resign from or refrain from joining any bona fide labor organization.


N.J. Admin. Code § 12:17-11.2
Amended by R.2003 d.276, effective 7/7/2003.
See: 35 New Jersey Register 1527(a), 35 New Jersey Register 2874(b).
In (a), rewrote 2.

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