A bill authored by Senator Robert Singer, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senator Linda Greenstein expanding access to workers’ compensation and other benefits for front-line workers sickened by the coronavirus was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.
A bill authored by Sen. Robert Singer, Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney, and Sen. Linda Greenstein expanding access to workers’ compensation and other benefits for front-line workers sickened by the coronavirus was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)
“New Jersey’s essential employees continue to go to work each and every day, inevitably putting themselves in harms way as they serve their communities,” said Senator Singer (R-30). “Frontline workers who contract COVID-19 should have access to financial safeguards and quality medical care. This law will help our heroes receive the lifesaving healthcare they have provided for thousands of New Jerseyans.”
The law, S-2380, creates a presumption that coronavirus infections contracted by essential employees who interact with the public, including health care and public safety workers, are job-related for the purpose of determining employment benefits for work-related injuries and illnesses, including workers’ compensation. It would cover workers in the public and private sectors.
“The men and women who are on the front lines protecting our health and safety and providing the vital services we all need during this crisis must be assured that they have basic worker protections and that they can get workers’ compensation if they fall ill to the coronavirus,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “We need to ensure that they can go to work with the knowledge that these benefits will be there if they need them.”
“If we are willing to define some of the lowest-paid members of our workforce as essential and ask them to put themselves at risk, we must ensure that we provide them with the workers compensation benefits they deserve,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “In this unprecedented public health crisis, it is more important than ever that basic protections for those workers who interact with the public and increase their own risk of exposure should be maintained.”
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