Governor Murphy signed legislation on March 20th which prohibits an employer from terminating or refusing to reinstate an employee who takes or requests time off from work because he/she has, or is likely to have, an infectious disease.
Although enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the law is not limited to the current public emergency, and does not include an end date.
From the bill:
During the Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor concerning the coronavirus pandemic, an employer shall not terminate or otherwise penalize an employee if the employee:
- requests time off from work based on a written or electronically transmitted recommendation of a medical professional licensed in New Jersey,
- take time off for a specific period of time,
- or has, or is likely to have, an infectious disease which may infect others.
Employers who violate the law could be fined $2,500 for each offense.
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