New Jersey lawmakers have enacted legislation that provides supplementary workers' benefits to surviving relatives of important workers who died of COVID-19.
S.B. 2476, which passed the state assembly by a vote of 55-12 Monday, would provide weekly supplementary benefits from the state's second injury fund to surviving eligible relatives of workers who died after March 1, 2020, from getting coronavirus at work.
The bill passed the state Senate in June 2020 by a vote of 38-1.
Significant employees are defined as fire, police and other first acts; medical and other care providers; public workers providing transport or financial services; those involved in the production, preparation, storage, sale and distribution of essential goods; and other employees deemed necessary in the state of emergency.
The supplementary benefits are intended to reflect the cost-of-living benefits available to relatives of public security workers killed in the customs area. Additional benefits would be paid during the period in which the relatives receive the initially granted weekly benefits and would be reduced accordingly for relatives receiving federal old-age, survivors' and disability insurance benefits.
would enter into force immediately.
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