Bill Prohibits NJ Employers from Terminating Employees Who Miss Work Due to an Infectious Disease

Bill Prohibits NJ Employers from Terminating Employees Who Miss Work Due to an Infectious Disease 600 400 Balance Point Team

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.

Effective 3/20/20

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:

  1. requests time off from work based on a written or electronically transmitted recommendation of a medical professional licensed in New Jersey,
  2. take time off for a specific period of time,
  3. 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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