Governor Phil Murphy late yesterday signed Executive Order 192. The Order establishes updated workplace health and safety standards that businesses must follow, creates an enforcement mechanism to ensure complaints are properly addressed and ensures employees are informed of their rights and employers are informed of their obligations. The Order goes into effect on Thursday, November 5, 2020.
The updated standards contained in the Order require all employees be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to every shift. The standards also state employees must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from one another “to the maximum extent possible” and require employees and visitors to wear masks, with limited exceptions. Other items contained in the new Order require employers to:
- Provide approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost to them;
- Ensure employees practice hand hygiene and provide sufficient break time for that purpose;
- Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines;
- Conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, prior to each shift, consistent with CDC guidance;
- Exclude sick employees from the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws; and
- Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite.
To ensure compliance, an online complaint form will go live next week and the State Department of Labor & Workforce Development and Department of Health, will pursue enforcement actions when necessary.
Dealers are committed to providing a healthy and safe retail environment, with many going above and beyond prior requirements.
NJ CAR Clean November 3rd Webinar Addresses
Governor Murphy’s New Executive Order
NJ CAR was ahead of the curve when it launched the NJ CAR Clean certification program in September. Governor Murphy’s latest Executive Order proves why it is critical that every New Jersey dealership implement the NJ CAR Clean program (or something comparable) to show their commitment to providing a healthy and safe environment for customers and employees.
The Coalition has been encouraging dealer members to go above and beyond what was required and warned they might be expected to do more if COVID cases began to spike again. The Governor’s latest Order signifies that time has arrived. Thankfully, the NJ CAR Clean program combines the CDC, OSHA and other guidance into a comprehensive set of essential guidelines tailored specifically to the dealership environment. It covers self-assessments, temperature checks and much more that ensures dealers remain compliant.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 @ 10:00 AM
This webinar will cover the best practices contained in the NJ CAR Clean Program, updated to include the requirements of Governor Murphy’s newest Order. Dealerships that complete the training will be certified “NJ CAR Clean” and will receive a starter kit of collateral materials to show their commitment to operating safely.