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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey - Statutory Presumptions of Compensability Extended

Governor Phil Murphy on February 17, 2021, signed Executive Order No. 222. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended in 2020 on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, September 25, October 24, November 22, and December 21, and again in 2021 on January 19. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

Statutory Presumptions of Compensability Continue

The Order will extend the statutory casual relationship enacted COVID-19 presumptions for workers’ compensation purposes that ease the burden of proof and liberalizes the delivery of benefits to essential workers. 


Vaccinations

“Extending the public health emergency allows the Department of Health to continue its vaccination efforts, including prioritizing high-risk individuals, promoting adequate staffing at vaccination sites, and overseeing second dose administration,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Today’s action gives us the ability to continue our ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts while also vaccinating New Jersey residents as quickly and safely as possible.”


In New Jersey, 1,037,920 people (11.7%) have received the first shot and 383,659 (4.3%) have also received the second shot. New Jersey has administered 79% of their current supply of 1,790,200 vaccine doses. According to the CDC, fewer than 0.001% of those who have received the first dose have experienced a severe adverse reaction, none of them deadly.


Executive Order No. 222 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.


For the full text of Executive Order No. 222, click here


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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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