NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Sets Mandatory COVID-19 Health and Safety Standards Applicable to All Employers, Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
Effective last week, all employers operating in New Jersey are required to comply with a number of COVID-19-related mandatory health and safety standards. With the signing of Executive Order 192 (EO192), Gov. Phil Murphy consolidated a hodgepodge of requirements directed at specific industries (e.g., construction, manufacturing, retail) and guidance documents, and placed all New Jersey employers on notice, regardless of industry, that they will be required to institute and enforce COVID-19 safety protocols.
Also, New Jersey Public Question 1 on this year’s election ballot sought New Jersey voters’ approval for a constitutional amendment to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for individuals age 21 and older, as well as the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana. Based on preliminary results, the ballot question passed by an overwhelming margin.