Gov. Jon Corzine has signed a package of workers’ compensation reform bills that should make the state’s system more efficient and more responsive to the needs of employers and workers.
The legislation is comprised of five bills. One increases public representation on the Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau, adding a seat for labor, one for business and a third for the general public.
Another bill ensures that cases involving workers who need immediate care receive priority treatment.
The remainder of the bills increase enforcement by imposing criminal penalties on employers that repeatedly fail to insure their workers, granting broader powers to workers’ compensation judges and requiring proof of compensation insurance in annual report filings.
Final note: Are you sure your company is in compliance with the new law? Beware! If one of your duties is administering a workers’ comp program, you may be the one to face criminal penalties for any violations.
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