Last fall, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that changed the New Jersey’s worker’s compensation insurance system to address COVID-19 illnesses.
The change, which is retroactive to March 9, 2020, creates a rebuttable presumption that workers defined as “essential employees” that become sick from COVID-19 had contracted the disease as part of a work-related activity. These workers become eligible for worker’s compensation benefits just like anyone who suffers an injury or illness through the course of their employment.
NJBIA has created a Fast Facts document, exclusively for NJBIA members, about the new law to answer employers’ frequently asked questions, including who is an “essential employee” and what is meant by the term “rebuttable presumption.”
Go here to access the Fast Facts document “COVID-19 Worker’s Compensation Rebuttable Presumption Law.” Member log-in is required.