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Know Your Rights: Employee Protections

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  • Can my employer fire me if I miss work due to COVID-19? Do I have any civil rights protections against discrimination or harassment?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    No. Your employer cannot fire you if you miss work because you had COVID-19 or were told to quarantine by a medical professional. You are also legally protected against discrimination or harassment...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders? How can I report a business staying open despite being ordered to close or an employer that won't let me work remotely?

    Last Updated: 03/31/2020
    You can report a possible violation of an Executive Order using this online form: https://covid19.nj.gov/violation. To prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, Governor Murphy has issued a se...
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  • What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?

    Last Updated: 09/08/2020
    Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance progr...
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  • Are offices open? What safety precautions must they take? How do I safely return to work?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Office spaces, as with all workplaces that do not have walk-in customers or products for sale, were never closed. The requirement that businesses or non-profits accommodate their workforce for tele...
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  • What happens if I test positive? Will I get fired if I need to quarantine? Is there any help for medical treatment, paying the bills, or getting food and other essentials?

    Last Updated: 09/04/2020
    If you test positive for COVID-19, a New Jersey contact tracer will reach out to you with life-saving information about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. COVID-19 is mainly spread f...
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  • Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/26/2020
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips for copin...
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  • Am I eligible for sick leave, family leave, or temporary disability insurance if I or a family member have been impacted by the outbreak?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2020
    The State of New Jersey has created a benefits eligibility tool to help you understand what benefits programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can also vis...
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