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What safety precautions must my employer take?

Last Updated: 09/11/2020

It depends on your employer.

Under federal OSHA law, employers must protect workers from workplace hazards that can cause illness or injury, provide required personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure its use. It's also againstNJ Wage and Hour law for an employer to deduct the cost of protective equipment from your pay.

In addition, most New Jersey businesses allowed to open must follow required social distancing and safety protocols that include:

  • Providing all employees with face coverings and gloves free of charge
  • Requiring employees and customers to wear face coverings while indoors
  • Immediately separating and sending home workers who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Promptly notifying workers of any known exposure to COVID-19, subject to confidentiality requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines when a worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Continuing to follow all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the CDC, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment

Additional requirements vary by industry and business type. To learn more about requirements for your work place,refer to this article.

If your employer is not following safety requirements as outlined by the Governor's Executive Orders, you mayreport a violation using this online form.

Source:; Executive Order 107;Executive Order 110;Executive Order 122;Executive Order 142;Executive Orders 147;Executive Order 150;Executive Order No. 153;Executive Order No. 157