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Posted on: June 17, 2019

Committee Amends First Responders' Workers' Comp Rewrite

On Thursday in Trenton, the Assembly Appropriations Committee amended and released S-716/A-1741, companion bills that make it much easier for any public safety worker– volunteer or professional–to receive a workers’ compensation award. (See our June 12 Daily Alert.)

These amendments represent a partial response to suggestions put forward by the Municipal Excess Liability (MEL) fund and the League. For example, before these amendments, the bill would have required “clear and convincing” evidence, in order to rebut the presumption that any injury, disability, chronic or coronary illness or death would be compensable under workers’ comp, if, in the course of employment, a police officer, firefighter, emergency responder or nurse is exposed to a carcinogen or pathogen.

The Committee removed that provision and the bill now retains the current “preponderance of the evidence” standard to rebut a claim.

We want to thank David Grubb and Paul Bent, who represented the MEL, throughout the years, in discussions on this matter.

At this time, we are evaluating the amendments.

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x121.


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