Return to Work Resources for Employers

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Return to work COVID


On June 24th, New Jersey announced a travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with high-COVID rates (the list will be updated weekly here). It is advised, but not mandatory, that people returning from these states should self-quarantine for a 14-day period. Employers may ask employees their travel plans and follow usual and customary policies to approve or deny vacation requests.  "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers" are excluded as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CSIA), such as healthcare, public health, public safety, food and utilities.

The Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act would apply to the quarantine as it applies when a State authority has advised categories of citizens to stay at home, isolate, or quarantine, causing those categories of employees to be unable to work even though their employers have work for them.  Alternatively, an employer can require the returning employee to work from home during the 14-day period if possible.  

Employers may follow usual and customary policies on medical screening and medical examinations and/or tests as a condition of return to work.


As 2019 came to a close New Jersey was facing the classic employers’ dilemma.

As the state was enjoying one of the lowest unemployment rates on record   3.5 percent - six of ten employers reported that a shortage of skilled workers was beginning to negatively impact the business.

In March 2020, due to a public health emergency, NJ issued a general shelter in place order and non-essential retail businesses were closed in the state (see What businesses are closed? What is considered essential?)

By May 2020, nearly one million people were unemployed in the state, with the numbers of unemployed reaching the levels of the Great Depression of the 1930s and approaching 20 percent of our civilian labor force.  In more than 40 percent of households in the state, at least one person is out of work because of the pandemic.

88 percent of EANJ survey respondents said they had furloughed or laid off workers, reduced hours or cut pay. EANJ's COVID-19 Survey Results.

We now have guidance on how to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery.

It will require employers to implement return to work strategies.

EANJ Return to Work Surveys

Recalling Remote Workers, June/July 2020

Membership survey on Return to Work, May 2020

EANJ Webinars

Getting Ready for the COVID Vaccine: What Employers Should Know (recorded November 12, 2020)

Avoiding Workers' Compensation Liability During COVID-19 (recorded September 29, 2020)

Employer Considerations for the Upcoming School Year (recorded August 13, 2020)

Mental Health at Work (Session 1 - recorded July 21, 2020)

Mental Health at Work (Session 2 - recorded July 23, 2020)

Return to Work - COVID-19 (recorded June 2, 2020)

EEOC Pandemic Guidance on Return to Work and Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace (recorded May 21, 2020)

NJ Family Leave Expansion, FFCRA & Other Leave Considerations (recorded April 30, 2020)

Avoiding Wrongful Termination Liability for COVID-19 Issues (recorded April 21, 2020)

Discussion of the FFCRA Regulations (recorded April 14, 2020)


USDOL Families First Coronavirus Response Act (MANDATORY POSTER)


One New Jersey Pledge

Commitment to Employees

Commitment to Customers

Face Mask Use Poster

Social Distancing Poster

Hand Washing Poster

EANJ Model Policies  

EANJ Checklist for Reopening Business

Employee Screening Form

Employee Safety Pledge

Employer-Employee Safety Pledge

EANJ Model COVID-19 Policy

Sample Family Leave Policy (Employers with 50 or more employees)

Sample Family Leave Policy (Employers with 30 to 49 employees)

Job Protection

New Jersey Enacts Job Protection Relating to Coronavirus Cases

LWD Page on COVID Related Discrimination

Federal Guidance

CDC Testing Guidance: Considerations for non-healthcare workplaces

USDOL Guidance on Employers’ obligation to exercise reasonable diligence in tracking teleworking employees’ hours of work

OSHA FAQs on reporting work-related cases of COVID

OSHA Return to Work Guidance

OSHA General COVID Guidance

OSHA Guidance on Face Coverings

EEOC Guidance ADA & COVID-19

New Jersey Guidance

NJDOH: Timeframe for self isolation quarantine based on testing result

NJDOL: Returning to Work Amid COVID-19

NJDOL: General principles on returning to work

EANJ: Earned Sick Leave Resources

EANJ: NJ Family Leave Expansion Resources

Questions for determining if employee contracted COVID at work for Workers' Compensation purposes (Capehart Scatchard)


Get Your Workplace Ready for Pandemic Flu from CDC

COVID-19 Information for Businesses from NJDOH

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with COVID-19

EANJ Case Studies

Safety and Morale

Children's Aid and Family Services (Nonprofit, 100-350 employees)

Concord Management Resources (Insurance, 30-49 employees)

Landice (Manufacturing, 10-29 employees)

Parker Interior Plantscape (Services, 50-99 employees)

Anonymous Nonprofit (Nonprofit, 50-99 employees)

Anonymous Pharmaceutical Manufacturer (Manufacturing, 100-250 employees)

Return to Work

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (Nonprofit, 50-99 employees)

Anonymous University (Nonprofit, 500-999 employees)

SP-HS, LLC (operates ten Hand & Stone locations, Retail, 250-499 employees)

Anonymous Construction Safety Organization (Construction, 100-249 employees)

Anonymous Nonprofit (Nonprofit, 100-249 employees)

Anonymous Manufacturer (Manufacturing, 50-99 employees)

Anonymous Manufacturer (Manufacturing, 50-99 employees)

Haven Savings Bank (Finance, 100-249 employees)

Anonymous Large Non Profit (Nonprofit, 1000+ employees)

EANJ Panel Discussion

May 7th Panel Discussion with EANJ members


The CDC Expands the Definition of “Close Contact” with Substantial Ramifications for the Workplace (Archer & Greiner P.C)

Can and Should Employers Require Their Employees to be Vaccinated?

CDC Issues COVID-19 Testing Strategy Guidance for Workplaces

Think it will be easy to reopen? Listen to companies that never closed

1st day back in office should be about education, not production

Must you accommodate an employee with a high-risk family member?

Other Resources

EANJ COVID-19 Resources

Official N.J. COVID-19 Hub

Contact Tracing

PPE Supplier Registry

Guidance for Manufacturers

Sample Return to Work Action Plan

Guidance for Office

Tenant-Landlord Communication and Cooperation