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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NJ Supreme Court: Superior Court has jurisdiction to determine employment status

The NJ Supreme Court ruled that the NJ Division of Workers' Compensation does not have exclusive jurisdiction in determining employment status. In reversing the decision of the Appellate Decision, the NJ Supreme Court held that when a claim petition is not filed with the NJ Division of Workers' Compensation, the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over who is an employee versus independent contractor. 

"We conclude that when, as here, there is a genuine dispute regarding the worker's employment status, and the plaintiff elects to file a complaint only in the Law Division of the Superior Court, the Superior Court has concurrent jurisdiction to resolve the dispute."