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It is a scenario that arises every day – a subcontractor’s employee injures themselves on a job site and is out of work for an extended period of time. Under negligence principles, who had the duty to ensure employee safety and can thus be potentially liable for the employee’s injuries and damages, including perhaps decades of future lost earnings?
The COVID-19 global pandemic and the resulting efforts to contain it are events of unprecedented scale. New Jersey is among the states seeing the most comprehensive containment measures, including the shuttering of many non-essential businesses or modifying their operations in a manner that impacts their income stream. For instance, as of March 16, 2020, bars and restaurants can no longer offer “dine in” options and can now only operate by takeout or delivery.