Gov. Murphy bans employers from firing workers who get sick

Posted: 4:57 PM, Mar 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-21 16:57:21-04
Gov. Phil Murphy

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — New Jersey's governor signed legislation stopping employers from firing workers who get sick during the coronavirus emergency.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill stating that an employee who requests or takes time off from work, based on the recommendation of a medical professional, may not be terminated or refused reinstatement if the employee is likely to infect others in the workplace.

“If you're sick, stay home," said the governor. “No one should fear retribution from their employer for an absence deemed necessary by a medical professional, particularly for an illness as communicable as COVID-19.”

“Every New Jerseyan has a role to play in our mitigation efforts and staying away from others when you’re sick is perhaps the most important thing you can do right now,” he added.

At least 1,327 cases of coronavirus have been discovered in New Jersey. As of Saturday, 16 people have died of COVID-19 in the state.