During A Pandemic, Must My Employer, In New Jersey, Allow Me To Work Remotely?
Yes. In most cases, during the COVID-19 pandemic, your employer in New Jersey must allow you to work remotely.
Under New Jersey Executive Order 192 signed October 28, 2020 by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (“Executive Order 192”), your employer must adhere to certain protocols to protect employees, customers and others who come into contact with the business, from COVID-19.
“Telework” means the practice of working from home or alternative locations closer to home through the use of technology that equips the individual to access necessary materials.
In case of on-site work, Executive Order 192 references Executive Order 107 signed March 21, 2020 by Governor Murphy (“Executive Order 107”). Under Executive Order 107, businesses and non-profits in New Jersey are required to accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements.
Employers whose employees need to be physically present at their worksite in order to perform their duties should make best efforts to reduce staff onsite to the minimal number necessary to ensure the continuation of essential operations.
Examples of employees who need to be physically present at their worksite in order to perform their duties included but, are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, laboratory researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.
If you are an executive or a professional in New Jersey and you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, that you’ve been denied salary, bonuses, commissions, or other wages that are owed to you, or that your employer has failed or refused to reasonably accommodate your disability, call New Jersey Employment Lawyer David S. Rich at (201) 740-2828 today.
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