Published: November 3, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently issued an Executive Order effective November 5, 2020, mandating new health and safety requirements in the workplace due to the increased spread of COVID-19. These health and safety mandates apply to every business, non-profit and governmental or educational entity that requires or permits any of its workforce to be physically present at a worksite. NJ employers should be prepared to implement daily employee health checks, as well as mandatory social distancing and face masks for all employees, customers and visitors, with very limited exceptions. Employers who fail to institute these measures can be subject to fines, penalties, or their worksites can be shut down by the State. Employers should review their COVID-19-related policies and practices as soon as possible to make sure they are compliant with the Governor’s new Order.

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