On March 21, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107. Generally, the order restricts New Jersey residents from traveling with some explicit exceptions, namely “reporting to, or performing their job.”
The Executive Order also specifically provides that the “brick-and-mortar premises of all non-essential retail businesses must closed to the public” for the duration of the Executive Order. “Essential Retail Businesses” can remain in operation during normal business hours. Essential Retail Businesses are specifically defined within the Executive Order.
Other non-retail businesses can continue operations as well; however, they “must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements.” Where telework or work-from-home is not practicable, “the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on-site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue. “Examples of employees who need to be physically present at their worksite in order to perform their duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.”
The Governor has also recommended that employers provide employees who are unable to work from home or telework with a letter detailing the same to be used when the employee travels to and from work. Please let us know if you would like additional assistance drafting these letters.
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If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the matter further, please contact us, Ramon Rivera, Caitlin Dettmer, or the Scarinci Hollenbeck attorney with whom you work, at 201-896-4100.