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Friday, June 6, 2008

Will New Jersey’s Injured Workers Continue to Silently Wait in Pain?

The NJ legislature is bogged down in controversy over what direction to take in order to respond to the State’s injured workers. While proposed administration legislation has passed through the Senate Labor Committee, the actual voices of the injured remain silent. No injured workers have yet testified before the legislature.

Without a master plan to address the issues raised in the Star Ledger series, the NJ Legislature is attempting to address specific issues and not considering some other thoughtful legislative proposals that have been pending for sometime. These include not only those outlined in my prior article introduced by Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman Cohen, but also A2846 and S785 which permits a COLA increase to benefits.

As the employers and insurance carriers continue to raise their voices, the silence of the injured workers is both eerie and foreboding.

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