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Employment Law Notebook

Traveling this Summer from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut? Make Sure You Follow Travel Advisories Before Returning to Work

Many of us travel during the summer and don’t typically report our vacation plans to our employers.  However, employees who work in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut can expect to be asked by their employers to provide such information due to new travel advisory rules that the three states put in place in late June. The rules require individuals traveling from these states to destinations with high community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning.  

Employers in these states who have reopened their physical worksites are working hard to keep their workplaces safe. Updating travel policies to ensure that employees comply with these travel advisory rules as well as those set by the Centers for Disease Control before returning to work is another important step that employers can and should take to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread at work.  

The rules affect travel to states with a positive COVID-19 test rate of 10 percent or higher.  As of July 7, the list of 19 states includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.  New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have been updating the list of affected states as cases grow across the country. 

Employees and employers should check state websites for up to date information. For New Jersey’s rule, click here.  For New York’s rule, click here. For Connecticut’s rule click here