I’ve been recalled to work. Can my boss make me sign a coronavirus liability waiver?
As New Jersey expands its plans to reopen, workers across the state are being called back to work by their employers, according to NJ.com. Some are also being asked to sign liability waivers, saying they will not hold their employers responsible if the worker gets infected with COVID-19 on the job. Can workers be forced to sign such a form? “An employer in New Jersey can’t have his employees waive their right to workers’ compensation,” said Charles Sullivan, law professor and an associate dean at Seton Hall Law School. At the same time, he said, it would be very difficult — if not impossible — to prove that a worker contracted COVID at work rather than while commuting or at the grocery store or elsewhere.