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New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo joins Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on June 11, 2020.

NJ’s ‘right to refuse to return to work’ rules unveiled as businesses reopen statewide (updated)

With retail shops and restaurants slated to restart operations on Monday – and nail and hair salons, gyms and outdoor recreation in the near future – many of the more than 1.2 million New Jersey residents on unemployment could be called back to work. So what if employers don't adhere to sanitization and health guidelines, and workers do not feel that the business is making an effort to guard against COVID-19?

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Business center closed due to COVID-19, sign with sorry in door window. Stores, restaurants, offices, other public places temporarily closed during coronavirus pandemic. Economy hit by corona virus.

Top NJ Dems warm to legal immunity for business owners from COVID-19 suits

At a June 9 webinar hosted by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Senate President Stephen Sweeney asked “Why would I open up my business if I’m going to open up to being sued?” Meanwhile, that same day at a press briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy described the concern as "an understandable one, given ... the extraordinary environment that we're in."

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