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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Prohibiting Employers from Terminating or Refusing to Reinstate Workers Who Miss Work Due to Infectious Disease

Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation which prohibits an employer, during the ongoing Public Health Emergency from terminating or refusing to reinstate an employee who has, or is likely to have, an infectious disease which requires the employee to miss time at work.

An employee who requests or takes time off from work, based on the recommendation of a medical professional, may not be terminated or refused reinstatement if the employee is likely to infect others in the workplace.

“If you're sick, stay home," said the Governor. “No one should fear retribution from their employer for an absence deemed necessary by a medical professional, particularly for an illness as communicable as COVID-19.” He added, “Every New Jerseyan has a role to play in our mitigation efforts and staying away from others when you’re sick is perhaps the most important thing you can do right now.”