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    Michael Shadiack is the Chair of Connell Foley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Representing a broad spectrum of employers and management personnel in the private and public sectors, he provides litigation defense and ...

Governor Murphy Provides Guidance for Employers on Face Mask and Social Distancing Measures in the Workplace

On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 242, which rescinded, as of May 28, 2021, the mask and social distancing mandates for businesses that are open to the public, but retained those mandates for businesses generally closed to the public. 

On May 26, 2021, however ...

New Jersey Department of Health Issues Guidance for Employers on Mandating COVID Vaccination

On March 19, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) issued guidance for employers that want to require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the workplace. In its guidance on the issue, the DOH explained that an employer can issue such a mandate ...

Impact of Recreational Cannabis Law on Employers

Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an adult-use cannabis reform bill into law, legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years of age and older. While we are awaiting the official version of the law to be circulated, here are some important takeaways from ...

CDC Announces New Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On February 11, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered its prior COVID-19 quarantine guidelines with the release of revised public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Specifically, a vaccinated person with an exposure to someone ...

New OSHA Workplace Guidance on COVID-19

On January 29, 2021, in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.

The stated intent of the ...

NYDOL Issues Updated COVID-19 Sick Leave Guidance for New York Employers

As an update to our previous alert, the New York State Department of Labor (NYDOL) issued updated guidance pertaining to New York State’s COVID-19 sick leave and job protection law (the Law). The Law calls for a maximum benefit of either 5 or 14 days of paid leave, or possibly only ...

Impact of the Federal Stimulus Bill on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect on April 1, 2020, mandated in part that employers with fewer than 500 employees provide 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees unable to work due to certain interruptions imposed by COVID-19. Mandatory FFCRA compliance ...

EEOC Provides Much-Anticipated Guidance for Employers Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the employment law context, with new guidance regarding the recently-approved COVID-19 vaccines. The new section covers a host of issues related to ...

2021 Employer To-Do Checklist
  1. CONSIDER A TELECOMMUTING POLICY AND OFFSITE WORK LOCATION SAFETY CHECKLIST. Considering the Coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has had on normal business operations, employers may wish to adopt a flexible Telecommuting Policy that complements a phased-in return to the workplace ...
Updated Quarantine Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced updated COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. Notably, CDC announced two quarantine options for those who had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.  The quarantine period may end: (a) on day 10 if no ...

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