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01:35  13 june  2019
01:35  13 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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On Tuesday, New Jersey became the first state to mandate that hotels provide their cleaners with wearable “ panic buttons .” The devices, which allow workers to call for help, aim to protect workers from sexual harassment and other dangers they could face on the job. In September, major hotel

New Jersey has become the first US state to require hotels to provide their staff with wearable panic buttons in an effort to tackle sexual assault. Phil Murphy, the state's Democratic governor, signed a bill on Tuesday requiring most hotels to provide their workers with the devices to summon help quickly


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Employees who work alone in hotel rooms will soon be required to carry panic button devices, making New Jersey first in the nation to mandate the safety measure, according to the governor.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a law requiring hotels with more than 100 rooms to provide employees such as housekeepers with the devices, a measure of protection for people who work alone. The law goes into effect in January.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N . J . >> New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill today that he and others said is the nation ’s first requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly in an emergency. The Democratic governor and several nationwide

New York was the first city to require panic buttons on a broad scale when the provision was included in a contract struck in 2012, the year Some hotels are encountering practical challenges as they put the panic button technology in place. Four months after Chicago mandated panic buttons

“We must protect the safety of workers in the hospitality industry,” Murphy said in a statement after signing the bill into law in Atlantic City. “This new law will ensure that hotel employees performing their duties will have the means to summon immediate assistance if they are in danger.”

While New Jersey is the first state to require panic buttons, several major hotel companies have already said they will provide employees emergency alert devices amid an industry-wide reckoning with the prevalence of sexual assault prompted by the #MeToo movement.

Last year, police arrested and charged a man they said sexually assaulted a 51-year old woman working at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

“No one should ever have to work in fear,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, a primary sponsor of the bill. “The isolating nature of hotel employees servicing private rooms puts them in a uniquely vulnerable position.”

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ATLANTIC CITY, N . J . — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that he and others said is the nation 's first requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly in an emergency. The Democratic governor and several nationwide

New Jersey is becoming the first state requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly | atlantic city, n . j . New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that he and others said is the nation 's first requiring most hotels to

Many of the country's largest hotel chains have already promised to provide workers with emergency alert devices. Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and the parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6 all have pledged to provide the devices by 2020. Several cities, including Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., already require panic buttons.

The hotel industry's push comes amid the #MeToo movement's heightened awareness of widespread sexual assault, as well as attention on human rights abuses such as human trafficking.

“Their line of work combines anonymity with seclusion and the risk of harassment and assault is a reality hotel workers face every day,” said Sen. Linda Greenstein, D-Middlesex. “This law will give these employees a sense of safety most of us take for granted in our places of work and will empower them to protect themselves when in danger.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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