New Jersey mandates panic buttons for hotel room cleaners

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TRENTON -

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a law requiring most of the state's hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to quickly summon help in an emergency.

Murphy signed the bill Tuesday. The law takes effect in January and applies to hotels with 100 or more rooms, including all nine Atlantic City casinos.

In 2018, a room cleaner at Bally's casino was pushed into a room by a man who then sexually assaulted her.

The governor and several nationwide unions say New Jersey is the first state to mandate the devices. At least two other states are also considering similar measures.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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