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New Jersey Extends State of Emergency for 30 Days

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order 119 (EO), extending the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis, originally scheduled to expire on April 8, 2020, an additional 30 days, to May 8, 2020.

Special Report Available: New Jersey COVID-19 Resource Guide

New Jersey has emerged as one of the hardest hit states by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued 12 Executive Orders (and counting), some completely closing or substantially limiting the operations of many businesses. New Jersey also expanded protections and benefits for affected workers through swift-moving legislation. At the federal level, two sweeping legislations responding to the crisis were enacted.

New Jersey Authorizes Director of Emergency Management to Commandeer Personal Services, Real Property

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, in his 12th Executive Order (EO 113) since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, has authorized the state Director of Emergency Management (OEM), the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, to commandeer “personal services and/or personal property, including medical resources, for the purposes of protecting or promoting the public health, safety, or welfare.”

New Jersey: Designated ‘Health Care Facilities’ to Submit Daily Reports on Capacity, Supplies

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an Executive Order directing “health care facilities” designated by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to submit reports on capacity and supplies by 10:00 a.m. each day.

New Jersey Expands Employee Leave Benefits Available in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

With the signing of S2304 on March 25, 2020, Governor Murphy expanded New Jersey’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law, Family Leave Act, and the Temporary Disability Benefits Law to protect employees who cannot work due to circumstances caused by COVID-19. The amendments went into effect immediately upon signing.

New Jersey Suspends All Elective Surgeries, Invasive Procedures in Response to COVID-19

Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 109 to require that all non-essential adult elective surgeries and invasive procedures, whether medical or dental, be suspended effective as of 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2020. The intent behind EO 109 is to assist in the preservation of vital healthcare resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Orders City to Shelter-In-Place

Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka has issued a citywide shelter-in-place directive that he promised would be enforced in a “more muscular way.” The directive reportedly calls for “an all-city quarantine” to go into effect beginning March 25, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

New Jersey Eliminates 7-Day Wait Period for Temporary Disability Benefits, Expands Leave Rights

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill expanding the scope of the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law (ESLL), the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA), the New Jersey Temporary Disability Law (TDL) to cover absences related to epidemics such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The law is designed to create immediate enhanced eligibility for employee leaves in New Jersey.

New Jersey: Daycare Shutdown, Except for ‘Essential Persons’ at Certified Emergency Care Centers

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has ordered the shutdown of daycare facilities, effective April 1, 2020, except for certified emergency childcare centers that provide services only to “essential persons.”

New Jersey Hotline to Report Employers Violating COVID-19 Executive Order Overwhelmed

Within a day of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy publicizing a hotline phone number to lodge complaints against employers in New Jersey that may be violating Executive Order No. 107 (EO 107), the hotline became so overloaded with complaints that it interfered with other emergency calls.
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