New laws promise reform of N.J. workers’ compensation system

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New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system will be tougher on companies and employees who try to “game the system,” Senate Labor Committee Chairman Paul Sarto told A.M. Best Company, which rates the stability of government bonds and other financial instruments.

A package of reform bills recently signed into law increases public input into rate-making, gives workers’ compensation judges increased enforcement powers and offers injured workers better access to medical care.

The package also imposes criminal penalties on companies that fail to insure workers, and makes it easier for the state to prosecute them.

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