Urges Assembly to support infected essential workers and pass the bill
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the New Jersey State Senate for passing S-2380, which would make reforms to the “burden of proof” standard so workers infected with coronavirus at their place of employment will not be denied workers compensation benefits.
The bill, sponsored by State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-3rd District, and Sens. Nicholas P. Scutari, D-22nd District, Robert W. Singer, R-30th District, Linda R. Greenstein, D-14th District, and Nicholas J. Sacco, D-32nd District, was approved on a bipartisan vote of 27-10-3.
The bill would establish the presumption that, if an essential worker is infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, the worker was infected on the job and can seek workers compensation benefits.
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An identical bill, A-3999, was introduced in the Assembly and sent to the Labor Committee. It’s sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Thomas P. Giblin, D-34th District, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli, D-3rd District, Assemblywomen Carol A. Murphy, D-7th District, and Joann Downey, D-11th District, and Assemblyman Jon. M. Bramnick, R-21st District.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO respectfully asks all members of the Assembly to support this pro-labor legislation. The best way we can say thank you to our frontline heroes who have worked to provide essential services to us during this pandemic is pass this important reform into law.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges all affiliates to TAKE ACTION and send a letter to their Assembly members asking them to support this legislation.