Legislation that would require essential workers who obtain COVID-19 to do so at work may soon go before the New Jersey Assembly for a vote.
S.B. 2380 approved the parish appropriations committee by 7-4 votes. The bill, introduced in early May by Democratic Senate Stephen Sweeney, passed the state Senate in a vote May 27-10, 14 and had weakened in various ward committees.
The legislation would create a precondition for expulsion for important workers seeking workers' compensation for acquiring COVID-19 at work during a declared emergency.
The bill identifies significant workers as workers for public safety and rescue personnel, employees in health care and housing and those who perform work close to the public. Jobs listed in the legislation include public health, safety and welfare; hotel and housing services; transport; and production, preparation, storage, sale and distribution of essential goods.
The bill stipulates that employees calculating receivables paid as a result of the acceptable assumption will not be calculated in an employer's degree of experience modification or affect the premium.
If signed into law, the legislation would enter into force immediately and be retroactive until 9 March 2020.
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