Department of Labor & Workforce Development

COVID-19 Related Discrimination

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On March 20, Governor Murphy signed a new law – N.J.A.C. 12:70 – that prohibits an employer from firing or otherwise punishing an employee who requests time off or takes time off from work based on a medical professional’s determination that the employee has, or is likely to have, COVID-19. The law only applies during the COVID-19 Pandemic and related Public Health Emergency and State Emergency.

Below are answers to questions you might have about the law. Click here to download a printable version of this information.

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