NEW JERSEY -- Who are "essential employees"?

The NJ Office of Emergency Management (OEM) identifies essential employees as people who are designated as required to work when an office closing is authorized -- usually in operations that must provide services around the clock. The designation of "essential" can depend upon the employees’ duties, as well as the circumstances for the closing.

Who are Non-essential employees?

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Employees who are not required to work when an office closing is authorized. Occasionally, non-essential employees may be required to work if skeleton crews must be maintained or if specific work must be performed to meet deadlines.

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

It is important to note: Each business which meets the criteria of essential, needs to additionally determine which of their employees are essential to its operations.

Refer to the following Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

What is the Essential Employee Credentialing Project?

The Essential Employee Credentialing Project is designed for the registration and identification of employees who are considered essential and who, by nature of their employment responsibilities require travel authorization during a declared Governor’s State of Emergency Travel Restriction. For more information visit

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