On October 28, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 192, which calls for the implementation of mandatory health and safety standards to protect all New Jersey’s workers during the pandemic.
The executive order will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols. This is to take effect starting at 6:00 a.m. on November 5, 2020.
All employers will, at a minimum, require individuals at the worksite to maintain at least six feet of distance from others where possible and require both employees and visitors to wear masks when entering the worksite.
Other actions in the executive order include, but are not limited to:
- Providing approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost.
- Ensuring that employees practice hand hygiene and employers should 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 federal and state leave laws.
- Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite.
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will support the Department of Health’s efforts to address worker complaints from their employers. An intake form will be available on the NJDOL website to receive complaints.
The executive order also directs NJDOL to provide compliance and safety training for employers and employees. The department will provide materials to inform workers of their rights and businesses of their obligations.
A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order No. 192 can be found here.
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