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  • NJ A409
  • Requires full pay for certain health care and public safety workers placed in isolation or quarantine.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires an employer to pay a health care worker or first responder regular compensation for any period of time that the health care worker or first responder is placed in isolation or quarantine and unable to work. The bill prohibits an employer from terminating the employment of a health care worker or first responder, or taking any adverse action against a health care worker or first responder with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or other privileges of employment because the health care worker or first responder is not actively working and performing all regular duties due to the isolation or quarantine. The bill provides that, notwithstanding any State law or regulation to the contrary, no employer shall require a health care worker or first responder to use any sick, personal, or other leave provided by the employer, whether paid or unpaid, for any time that the health care worker or first responder is unable to work due to the isolation or quarantine. The bill also provides that an employer who violates the provisions of this bill is subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation, collectible by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. The provisions of the bill will apply only to health care workers or first responders placed in isolation or quarantine after the effective date of the bill. The bill defines "health care worker" as any person who is employed by a health care facility and who has the potential for occupational exposure to contagious diseases during the course of employment with the health care facility. "First responder" is defined as any police officer, firefighter, or other person trained to provide emergency medical first response services, or other medical services, who is employed by a public safety agency.
Labor
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Labor Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Labor Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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