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Hertz Leaving New Jersey for Florida – Do You Follow the Job or Look For a New One Here? [POLL]

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What to do when your company decides it’s time to move to sunnier shores and leave the friendly confines of the Garden State?

Follow the job to wherever, or stay put and look for another one?

That’s the decision employees of Hertz have to make by the end of the summer as the company is moving its headquarters to Florida, and taking away from the state some approximately 700 jobs.

According to this report,
some 150 will be staying on in their Park Ridge headquarters, but that leaves the rest up to 18 months to make that heart-rendering decision.

Heart-rendering indeed, since Florida has no state income tax and the weather is, for the most part, a plus! (I say that with tongue firmly planted in cheek!)

And you’re always a plane ride away from stocking up on pork roll and visiting the relatives.

The report continues:

The company is still giving employees at its soon-to-be-closed Park Ridge headquarters information about Hertz’s new Estero, Fla., home.

Later in the month, employees will start taking three-day trips with their partners to tour southwest Florida, look at properties with a realtor and make themselves familiar with the area. By Labor Day, said Richard Broome, a spokesman for Hertz, the company should have a good idea of who wants to relocate.

The employees who don’t go can stay on until Hertz relocates.

Since the new headquarters in Estero won’t be complete until at least early 2015, that gives them about 18 months to make other plans, Broome said. The employees who don’t move will be eligible for severance packages, he added.

“Hopefully they decide to come with us,” Broome said.

Between 100 and 150 positions will stay in northern New Jersey, but Hertz plans to sell its Park Ridge building, which is built for 700 employees.

Hertz decided to move after acquiring Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in November. The Florida headquarters will consolidate Hertz workers from Park Ridge and employees at Dollar Thrifty headquarters in Tulsa, Okla.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said after Hertz announced the move that she would have offered the company more than $40 million in incentives to stay in New Jersey. But she didn’t learn about the move in time, she said.

Hmmm, makes me wonder if the Lt. Governor, who’s job it is to stay on top of keeping jobs here might be slacking on her own job.

Should have seen that one coming. Not good!

Besides, would it have been worth the 40 million in incentives to keep Hertz here?

But it does beg the question:

If your job is about to move out of state, do you follow your job or stay here to look for another one?

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