Department of Labor & Workforce Development

COVID-19 Related Discrimination

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On March 20, 2020, Governor Murphy signed a new law – N.J.A.C. 12:70 – that prohibits an employer from firing or otherwise punishing an employee who requests time off or takes time off from work based on a medical professional’s determination that the employee has, or is likely to have, COVID-19. The law only applies during the COVID-19 Pandemic and related Public Health Emergency and State Emergency.

Below are answers to questions you might have about the law. Click here to download a printable version of this information.

Read the NJDOL statement on refugee and immigrant rights.

Not sure which programs or benefits could help in your situation?
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We want to make it easier for you to understand what benefits and protections are available to you during this difficult time. Our Benefits Eligibility Tool will check your eligibility for programs based on the information you provide.

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