New Jersey Enacts Emergency Responder Protection Act

The Emergency Responders Employment Protection Act protects volunteers responding to emergency alarms. The Act provides that “no employer shall terminate, dismiss or suspend an employee who fails to report for work at his or her place of employment because he or she is serving as a volunteer emergency responder during a state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or the Governor of New Jersey, or is actively engaged in responding to an emergency alarm.”  The volunteer is required to provide the employer with notice one hour before they are to report to work and must provide an incident report to the employer upon returning to work.  The Act was signed into law on January 14, 2010 and is effective April 1, 2010.

February 6, 2010 – Tom McKinney – Castronovo & McKinney – New JerseyEmployment Lawyers