As more businesses continue to welcome back employees, New Jersey’s governor has taken action to ensure businesses are operating safely and employers are held accountable.
What You Need to Know
On October 28th, Governor Murphy signed an executive order that provides mandatory health and safety standards to protect New Jersey employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order 192, which goes into effect at 6:00am on November 5th, will set up a means to enforce compliance to a list of mandatory reopening protocols.
Employers are required to…
- Ensure that individuals at the worksite maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible
- Ensure that employees and visitors wear masks when entering the worksite, except when an employee is at their workstation at least six feet from others, or is alone in a walled space such as an office. (Employers may be authorized to prevent individuals who refuse to wear a mask from entering the worksite, where such actions are consistent with state and federal law)
- Provide face masks for their employees
- Provide approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals
- Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide sufficient break time for that purpose
- Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines
- Conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, prior to each shift, consistent with CDC guidance
- Exclude sick employees from the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave law
- Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite
The Role of the NJDOL
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will support the Department of Health’s efforts to address worker complaints from their employers. The NJDOL’s roles will include adding a form to their website to receive complaints and developing an investigation and inspection protocol to review complaints.
The executive order also directs the NJDOL to provide compliance and safety training for employers and employees. They will provide materials to inform workers of their rights and businesses of their obligations, as well as coordinate with workforce training partners to create and provide training.
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It is our goal to keep you informed and up-to-date on COVID-19-related news as businesses continue to rebound from the pandemic.
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