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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

NJ "Hand and Foot" Clarification Bill Signed into Law

NJ Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law S2722 that clarifies the effective date of the recently enacted hand or foot bill, of P.L.2019, c.387, to include cases pending, but not yet settled or filed after the date of enactment. That legislation increased benefits to injured workers.

The enacted legislation concerns workers’ compensation; revises effective date of P.L.2019, c.387 to clarify that law applies to cases pending, but not yet settled, or filed on or after date of enactment; increases burial expense allowance

The legislation was provoked by defense law firms and insurance companies who adopted a scorched earth policy concerning the enactment date in order to stymie payment of the additional benefits that were enacted recently.

The NJ Assembly passed the clarification legislation A4134 on August 27, 2020, with an overwhelming vote of seventy yes votes and five against with three members not voting and three abstentions.

The new law clearly sets forth the liberal, social remedial intent of the Workers’ Compensation Act of providing benefits to those who are injured while working. 

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  jon@gelmans.com  has been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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