Department of Labor & Workforce Development

New Jersey's 'Panic Button' Law

a woman changing the sheets in a hotel room

The "Panic Button" law (S2986/A4439), enacted on June 11, 2019, is designed to protect hotel employees from sexual assault and other dangerous working conditions. It requires employers to equip housekeeping and room service staff with panic devices they carry at work whenever they are assigned to work in a guest room without any other employees present.

This law went into effect on December 1, 2019.

The information provided below is not a legal document. Please refer to the statute for the precise language in the law.