COVID-19 Legal Update: New Jersey

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Labor and Workforce Development

 

How does the state define an occupational disease?

§ 34:15-31. “Compensable occupational disease” defined. a. For the purpose of this article, the phrase “compensable occupational disease” shall include all diseases arising out of and in the course of employment, which are due in a material degree to causes and conditions which are or were characteristic of or peculiar to a particular trade, occupation, process or place of employment. b. Deterioration of a tissue, organ or part of the body in which the function of such tissue, organ or part of the body is diminished due to the natural aging process thereof is not compensable.

 

COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?

Dept of Labor / Suspends court calendar

Enacted Legislation on Creating a COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption for Workers' Compensation
Sept. 14, 2020

Court Closures & Modified Call

Suspension Calendar Notice

 

Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open.

 

Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?

Yes - order started 3/21/2020 until further notice; phased re-opening began 5/18/20.

 

ANY STATE-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON DISABILITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR COVID-19? 

Unemployment.

 

Last Updated: 9/21/2020