Department of Labor & Workforce Development

NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employers & Businesses Should Know

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The COVID-19 virus is impacting all of our daily routines, with many employers feeling especially vulnerable.

To ease your financial burden, we want you – particularly our small business owners – to know that financial relief will be available in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bipartisan federal legislation expected to be signed this week will provide small and mid-sized businesses with 100 percent compensation for providing two weeks of sick leave to employees, along with tax credits for providing up to three months of Paid Family Leave. New Jersey lawmakers are also working on providing robust relief to our valued business community.

We urge you to continue to pay your workers whether or not they are able to work. All but the largest employers will be fully reimbursed under the legislation, and employees who are not well or are caring for someone who is ill will have the peace of mind and financial security to stay home. Employees who continue to be paid are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance or other benefits.

The information below will be updated as our response to COVID-19 evolves, so please check back often.

Printable guides outlining COVID-19–related benefits for NJ employees
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Information in English


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Información en español


Additional information and resources