New Jersey Enacts Job Protection Relating to Coronavirus Cases

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Effectively immediately, it is an unlawful employment practice to terminate or retaliate against an employee that:

  1. during a Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 (COVID-19),
  2. requests time off from work based on a written or electronically transmitted recommendation of a medical professional licensed in New Jersey,
  3. that the employee take time off for a specific period of time, and
  4. because the employee has, or is likely to have, an infectious disease which may infect others.

The employer shall not, following that specific period of time, refuse to reinstate the employee to a job with no reduction in pay, benefits, seniority, status, or other terms of conditions of employment.

Violations result in administrative, legal and equitable remedies that can be recovered, fines and monetary penalties.