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Bill would make COVID-19 compensated for warehouse workers



On Thursday, New Jersey lawmakers enacted legislation that would compensate for a COVID-19 infection for workers in warehouses or distribution centers during a public health emergency declared by an executive order of the governor.

A.B. 4784 states that "there shall be a rebuttable assumption that the contraction of the disease is work-related and fully reimbursable for the benefits provided" under state law, including ordinary and unintentional invalidity pension, and all other benefits granted to persons suffering injury or illness through his employment.

The "prima facie assumption can be rebutted by a consideration of evidence showing that the employee was not exposed to the disease while working in the distribution center or warehouse," says a draft bill.

The bill also states that all compensation claims for employees paid in connection with COVID-1

9 would not be taken into account when calculating an employer's experience change factor, a factor that usually affects the premium based on injury activity.

If approved, the bill will enter into force immediately and would have retroactive effect until 9 March. The bill is now being referred to the parish's working committee.

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