New Jersey Covid Regulations for Businesses

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The LAD prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability and other protected characteristics, real or perceived. The law applies to employment, housing and social housing (usually places open to the public, including businesses, restaurants, schools, summer camps, medical providers, etc.). According to the, an employer, housing provider or public housing must not discriminate and must take steps to prevent such harassment if they know or should have known about it. In addition to the programs listed on this page, NJEDA encourages businesses to explore the agency`s business support programs that are not specific to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on these programs can be found on the NJEDA website under www.njeda.com. Businesses that have already received their 2020 Sidewalk Café license will have their 2020 fees applied to 2021. An employer may also require testing: According to the EEOC, employers can perform screening steps to determine whether employees entering the workplace have COVID-19 because someone with the virus poses a direct threat to the health of others. www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws#A.6 Hoboken`s Small Business Recovery Strategy includes flexible options to facilitate the expansion of local businesses outside and allows for the following types of outside capacity expansion through an expedited approval process. Previous update: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues COVID resource from single source The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a one-stop COVID resource that connects employers and employees with more information about the spread, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19 in their communities.

www.covid.gov/ An employer may prescribe the vaccine (with certain exceptions): Under the EEOC, federal equal employment opportunity laws do not prevent an employer from requiring that all employees who physically enter the workplace be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable precautions under Title VII and the ADA and other equal employment opportunity considerations. www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws#K recommendations include masking, vaccination, screening, disinfection and ventilation. [OSHA and NJ guidelines are similar to CDC guidelines (see www.osha.gov/coronavirus/control-prevention and covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/reopening-guidance-and-restrictions/are-there-safety-guidelines-for-businesses-are-any-businesses-closed.) Retailers and services can use the area in front of their stores to display merchandise during business hours. Any new temporary signage related to commercial use must comply with the zoning code. Pros: New Jersey has one of the most comprehensive temporary disability, family vacation, and earned sick leave laws in the country, covering all types of workers — full-time, part-time, time, and seasonal. www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml the U.S. Chamber of Commerce`s list of coronavirus resources for small businesses. Open streets increase outdoor seating capacity for businesses with additional space, as opposed to gatherings or a « block party. » The city is providing the police, sanitation facilities and barricades needed for the planned road closures. The City of Hoboken`s COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Strategy allows businesses to expand outdoor space on the sidewalk, create shared outdoor spaces like StrEATERIES and parks, and provide a framework for businesses to continue operating on the streets during planned road closures. With New Jersey state reopening guidelines allowing 25% indoor capacity, the city of Hoboken is proactively maximizing outdoor space for businesses to provide safe areas for customers. Learn more by watching the Hoboken COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Strategy and Winter Outdoor Dining presentation.

#hobokenstrong #lovelocal Social distancing and wearing masks are not required in most indoor and outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or workplaces accessible to the public. The Small Business Improvement Grant reimburses eligible small businesses and not-for-profit organizations up to 50% of eligible project costs related to building improvements or the purchase or installation of new furniture, fixtures and appliances manufactured on or after March 9, 2020. The maximum grant is $50,000. Applications are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Companies have the right to demand stricter mask policies, but companies are not allowed to restrict the use of face masks by their employees, customers or visitors. Municipalities and counties are also allowed to impose stricter requirements on wearing masks in publicly accessible stores. Employees of a local company in Hoboken are eligible for a rapid COVID-19 test at the Riverside testing site in Hoboken. The expansion of the trial reflects Hoboken`s commitment to supporting small businesses with additional guarantees for a gradual reopening. Employees of hoboken companies do not need to have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The application process provides general design guidelines for sidewalk cafés, restaurants and parks.

Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis to take into account different locations and types of businesses. New applications to expand cafés, StrEATERIES and parklets will be accepted until October 1, 2020. Helping small businesses win government contracts – New Jersey small businesses are currently included in a program designed to position them for government contracts. The program is jointly managed by NJEDA and the New Jersey African American Chamber of Commerce. (KING-NJ) UPDATE June 2021 – The Governor of New Jersey signed Executive Orders 242 and 243, which ease workplace restrictions related to COVID-19. In particular, the decrees remove the previous mandate where possible to allow employees to telework or work from home. Employers are strongly encouraged to consult legal counsel regarding their policies, procedures, and all matters aimed at ensuring compliance with these and other COVID-19 regulations in New Jersey. General public health and safety recommendations to help businesses protect their employees and customers: The Small Business Lease Grant supports the growth and success of small businesses and not-for-profit organizations by providing grants to cover a portion of lease payments to businesses and not-for-profit organizations that lease new or additional space.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis starting Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Small businesses in New Jersey can purchase PPE at a 10% discount through this state program. Governor Murphy issued executive orders requiring major retailers, manufacturing companies, warehousing companies and companies involved in large construction projects to provide masks to their employees at their own expense. Click HERE to report a violation of these decrees. The state offers programs to help New Jersey businesses.