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NJ Workers & COVID-19 Resources and Support

NJ Workers & COVID-19 Resources and Support

(see further below for information on the Federal legislation, details on what this means for NJ workers coming soon)

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, many workplaces and schools are closing in New Jersey. Many workers are unable to work from home, are having hours reduced, or are even unemployed. Fortunately, NJ has some of the most comprehensive paid leave laws and programs in the country.

The NJ Department of Labor has published helpful FAQs, fact sheet about the federal law titled "What NJ Workers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act", and below is a break-down of different scenarios and the laws or state benefits that might cover you  - more info can be found on the NJ Department of Labor’s webpage and by checking out these handy easy to understand graphics:

Some of the possible scenarios and paid leave support:

  • If someone is unable to work because their child’s school or daycare is closed for a public health reason the Earned Sick Leave law requires that their employer allow them to use accrued paid time off.
  • If a worker has symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID-19 they may be eligible for Temporary Disability Insurance.
  • Family Leave Insurance may be available if a worker is caring for a loved one who has symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Workers may receive unemployment benefits if an employer closes (temporarily or otherwise) because of COVID-19.
  • Unemployment may also be available if a person is losing hours because of a reduction in work related to COVID-19.

The Governor also amended the Family Leave Act, which provides covered employees with job protection when taking leave, and now includes caring for loved ones dealing with COVID health issues AND caring for children whose schools are closed as related to the pandemic. See the complete fact sheet here.

Additionally, the Governor issued an Executive Order for State Employees that allows them to miss work without having to use sick time during self-quarantine, isolation or while coping with a coronavirus diagnosis. 

Employers can also offer more paid sick days than the minimum that the NJ Earned Sick Leave law requires, and here is a list of retailers that are doing just that.

We are working to further expand access and coverage to paid leave and ensure that all workers are able to access some type of financial support regardless of their eligibility. Stay tuned for more on those efforts.

For more on Immigrant Workers Right during COVID-19 pandemic, check out the National Immigrant Law Center's FAQ 

Again, visit the official Department of Labor’s website for more and also check out the news articles below that answer more questions.

SPAN's Resource page on COVID19 and Your Child with a Disability/Special Healthcare Needs 

NJ Star Ledger: Will you be paid if your boss tells you to stay home because of coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know.
NJ Spotlight’s Explainer: Sick Leave in New Jersey, What the Law Provides

North Jersey: Can you get unemployment if you can't work due to coronavirus? What you should know

Federal Coronavirus Action:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Family Values@ Work NJ Time to Care Fact Sheet

A Better Balance Fact Sheet 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

Fighting the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis and Putting “Workers First”

Am I Eligible?:Immigration-Related Eligibility Requirements for Benefits Under New Federal Laws

¿Soy Elegible?: Requisitos de elegibilidad relacionados con inmigración para beneficios bajo nuevas leyes federales


Summary page on the U.S. Response to COVID-19: What’s in Federal Legislation and What’s Not, but Still Needed