NJ Employers Must Adhere to Latest Executive Orders Mandating Health and Safety Protocols for COVID-19

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NJ Employers Must Adhere to Latest Executive Orders Mandating Health and Safety Protocols for COVID-19

On October 28, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 192 (EO 192), which mandates that New Jersey employers abide by certain health and safety standards in an effort to protect employees and other individuals at workplaces during the pandemic.

The executive order, effective 6:00am November 5th,  will take the following actions in three areas:

Workplace health and safety standards to cover all NJ workers:
The executive order will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person workforces.  The Order mandates all employers:

Collaborative enforcement mechanism to address complaints

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will support the Department of Health’s efforts to address worker complaints from their employers. NJDOL’s roles will include establishing an intake form on the NJDOL website to receive complaints and developing an investigation and inspection protocol to review complaints.

Training program to inform workers of their rights and to encourage employer compliance

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 as well as coordinate with workforce training partners to create and provide training.

Penalties for non-compliance

Penalties for non-compliance with the mandates of EO 192 include the potential closure of worksites, fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months in prison.

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