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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:48 PM

New Jersey mandates panic buttons for hotel room cleaners [View all]

Source: Associated Press

Wayne Parry, Associated Press Updated 9:38 am CDT, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) 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 unions said New Jersey is the first state to mandate the devices, although similar measures are under consideration in Illinois, Florida and Washington state. And some hotel chains including Marriot and Hilton have announced plans to provide the devices to their workers without being forced to by government.

"I am proud to sign panic button legislation to give hotel workers security and the ability to immediately call for help should they need it," Murphy said as he signed the bill, surrounded by one housekeeper from each of the nine Atlantic City casinos.

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"Today the lawmakers in New Jersey stood up with my co-workers and I to say no more to guests exposing themselves to us, soliciting us for sex, and allowing us to be unsafe as we open the door to a guest room, with no idea what is waiting for us behind it," she said. "It's great knowing I'll be able to come home safe at the end of my shift. I can do my job without being worried."

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/us/article/New-Jersey-mandates-panic-buttons-for-hotel-room-13967931.php

They should have been getting hazard pay all along, having to be prepared for these threats every damned day.

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