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CDC & NJ Update Guidance Regarding Quarantine Periods

The CDC has issued updated guidance that reduces the suggested quarantine period down from 14 days to between 7-10 days following a COVID exposure. New Jersey has followed suit, amending their guidance as well with regard to the quarantine period for individuals travelling to any location outside of the immediate region (NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE). New Jersey’s new guidance is now as follows:

  • If travelers test negative following travel, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

New Jersey employers should feel free to similarly adjust their quarantine periods in the work place for individuals who are exposed and can get tested. Employees should be allowed to return after 7 days with a negative test (testing should take place no earlier than 5 days after exposure). Those who are exposed and are not tested should quarantine for 10 days and can return if they have no symptoms. Notably, these new guidelines have drawn criticism from health experts who note that the reduction in the quarantine period is not due to new medical evidence, but rather, appears to be based on the belief that by reducing the quarantine periods, individuals will be more likely to quarantine. 

© 2021 Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. All Rights Reserved National Law Review, Volume X, Number 342
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Jay S. Becker, Giordano Law Firm, Labor & Employment, Cannabis Law, Corporate Labor Relations Employment Law and Litigation
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Jay, chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Area, devotes his practice to labor relations and employment law and litigation on behalf of management. His experience includes conducting trials, hearings, arbitration and mediation sessions; responding to state and federal administrative agency charges; collective bargaining; drafting employment-related corporate documents such as restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, employment agreements, various stock and compensation plans, and separation/severance agreements. He counsels employers on all employee relations issues including, but...

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Jeri L. Abrams, Giordano Halleran, Employment Documentation Lawyer, Workplace Litigation Attorney,Labor & Employment
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Jeri focuses primarily on employment law, with an emphasis on drafting and negotiating complex employment-related documentation, such as executive employment, consulting, restrictive covenant, commission, bonus, retention, change-in-control and severance agreements. Jeri counsels employers on a broad range of employment matters, including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, family and medical leaves, disability leaves and accommodations, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws, wage and hour compliance, and reductions in workforce. She works closely...

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Ari G. Burd, Shareholder, Giordano Law Firm, Labor & Employment, Cannabis Law, Health Care
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Ari devotes his time to assisting and defending employers with regard to traditional employment issues. He frequently counsels employers for compliance with New Jersey laws and has extensive transactional and litigation experience.

Ari has litigated employment matters throughout the state, having made appearances in almost every Superior Court in New Jersey, as well as before both Federal District Courts in New Jersey and the Federal and State Courts in New York.  These actions have involved a diverse range of claims such as wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment,...

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