Department of Labor & Workforce Development

NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updated Information for Employers & Businesses

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The COVID-19 virus has impacted all of our daily routines, with many employers feeling especially vulnerable.

We urge you to continue to pay your workers whether or not they are able to work. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 extended tax credits for federal emergency paid leave. Learn more at and These tax credits can now be used to take time off related to COVID-19 vaccinations and side effects. Learn more here.

Be sure to learn about your obligations under Executive Order 192, which addresses COVID-19 protections for workplace health and safety.

As employers recall employees to work, they often have questions about unemployment benefits, workplace health and safety, and benefits and protections for employees. The questions and answers below help illustrate under which limited conditions unemployment benefits may still be available in this scenario, and describe some of the laws that employers should be aware of as they bring employees back to work.


  • In most cases, an individual is disqualified from collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if they voluntarily quit or refuse suitable work; exceptions could occur where an individual quits or refuses work because the work poses a high degree of risk to health and safety.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may be available to those who cannot work or must work reduced hours due to COVID-19, including because of school and care facility closures.
  • NJDOL examines cases on an individual basis, and makes eligibility determinations in accordance with the law.

The information below will be updated as our response to COVID-19 evolves, so please check back often.