Governor Signs Executive Order Establishing Mandatory Additional COVID-19 Protocols for Employers
Governor Murphy issued Executive Order (EO) No. 192 requiring employers to take additional safety precautions to protect workers from COVID-19. EO 192 mandates that as of 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2020, all employers must, at minimum, require that:
- Workers maintain at least six feet of distance from one another to the maximum extent possible;
- Employees, customers, visitors, and other individuals entering the worksite wear cloth or disposable face masks while on the premises, with limited exceptions;
- Face masks be made available to employees, at the employers’ expense;
- Workers, customers, and visitors are provided with sanitizing materials, such as hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and sanitizing wipes, at no cost to those individuals;
- Employees practice regular hand hygiene, particularly when such employees are interacting with the public, and provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday and access to adequate hand washing facilities;
- Frequently touched areas are routinely cleaned and disinfected;
- All workers undergo a health screening before every shift;
- Employees be immediately separated and sent home if they appear to have COVID-19 symptoms; and
- Employees be promptly notified of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite.
Under the order, the New Jersey Department of Labor will also create an online complaint form for workers and will work with the New Jersey Department of Health to create investigation protocols.
Employment attorneys at McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli (MARC) are available to answer any questions you may have about EO 192, and help you address your needs as an employer during the COVID-19 pandemic, including employer and employee training and guidance on how to comply with state and federal safety guidelines.