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New Jersey Small Businesses and COVID-19- What You Need to Know

As a New Jersey based small business, you may be wondering what vital information you need to provide your employees and what benefits you can make them aware of if your company shuts down due to COVID-19 precautions, or if they are forced to stay home because of their children’s school closing for a few weeks.

The New Jersey Department of Labor has put together a great visual you can share with your NJ employees on the different benefits available to them if they are affected by this health crisis. It covers sick leave, temporary disability, unemployment insurance, family leave insurance and workers’ compensation.

  • NJ Earned Sick Leave – covers public health emergencies like COVID-19, and can be used if an employee needs to miss work due to their children’s school or daycare closing due to the pandemic. It can also be used if an employee is sick, or if they need to take care of another sick family member.
  • NJ Unemployment – may be available to your employees if you have to close your business voluntarily or by mandate, if the employee has less hours available due to the business slowing.
  • NJ Temporary Disability/Family Leave Insurance – may be available if an employee has COVID-19 or symptoms of the virus, if they are exposed and the business remains open, if they are advised to self-quarantine by a doctor, or if they are caring for a sick family member.
  • Workers’ Compensation – may be available to your employees if your business employs health care workers exposed at work and are self-quarantined.

Learn More on Benefits Available to Your Employees from the New Jersey Department of Labor

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