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Workers’ comp reform working

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Gov. Jon Corzine’s concerted effort to reform workers’ compensation appears to be bearing fruit. In 2009, benefits will rise to a maximum of $773 per week while employer premiums will fall approximately 1%.

The weekly benefit is statutorily tied to the state’s average weekly wage. The benefits increase represents a 4% jump from 2008.

In all, Corzine has pushed through five bills to address different aspects of the workers’ compensation system. New legislation has broadened workers’ comp health care and rehabilitation options and given workers’ comp judges greater enforcement powers.

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