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Thursday, December 24, 2009

NJ Aims to Speed up Uninsured Penalties

The NJ Legislature is considering speeding up the processing of penalties and assessments against uninsured employers. Bills are pending before both houses of the legislature.

"This bill amends the workers’ compensation law to require that the Director of Workers’ Compensation shall, in any case in which an award of compensation payable by an uninsured employer or an assessment has been ordered by the director, file with the Clerk of the Superior Court a statement of the findings and judgment of the workers’ compensation judge or a certified copy of the director's order.  Upon that filing, the statement or order, as the case may be, shall have the same effect and may be collected and docketed in the same manner as judgments rendered in causes tried in the Superior Court.

"Under current law, the director is not permitted to make the filing until 45 days after payment is due and 10 days after the uninsured employer fails to comply with any demand to deposit with the director the estimated value of the compensation, and 20 days after orders by the director to pay any assessments for failure to pay.  The bill requires, rather than permits, the director to make the filing, and requires that the filing be made without the delays currently imposed.

Identical Bill Number: S2495   

Quijano, Annette   as Primary Sponsor
Barnes, Peter J., III   as Primary Sponsor
Moriarty, Paul D.   as Primary Sponsor
Egan, Joseph V.   as Co-Sponsor
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Vas, Joseph   as Co-Sponsor


1/15/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Labor Committee
1/26/2009 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/21/2009 Passed by the Assembly (76-0-0)
5/21/2009 Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading

Statement - ALA 1/26/09 - 1 pages
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Introduced - 3 pages
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Committee Voting:
ALA  1/26/2009  -  r/favorably  -  Yes {9}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  -  
Roll Call

Session Voting:
Asm.  5/21/2009  -  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   -  Yes {76}  No {0}  Not Voting {4}  Abstains {0}  -  
Roll Call

Click here to read more about uninsured  employers and workers' compensation.