On Wednesday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 192 (PDF) that requires employers, including public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols to protect their in-person workforce and goes into effect on November 5th at 6:00 a.m. The order requires a minimum distance of at least six feet from other workers, requires wearing masks when possible and other employer required protocols including:
- Provide approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals;
- Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide sufficient break time for that purpose;
- Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines;
- Conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, prior to each shift, consistent with CDC guidance;
- Exclude sick employees from the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws; and
- Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite.
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) will be distributing a compliance and training video for employers and employees. DOL will work with DOH to address worker complaints.
Lastly, no municipality, county or agency may enact rules or an ordinance that conflicts with the language in this order.
Contact: Paul Penna, Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org 609-695-3481x110