On Thursday, 5/10/18, COSH members and clients testified regarding the Hand and Foot Bill in front of the Senate Labor Committee and received a 4-1 vote in favor of this bill. It may now move forward to the Senate Budget Committee for a fiscal analysis.
Among its political accomplishments, NJCOSH has influenced and/or strongly supported the following legislation in Trenton:
P.L. 2008, C. 93: Increases power of WC Judges to enforce WC laws.
P.L. 2008, C.94: Strengthens enforcement against employers for failure to provide WC coverage.
P.L. 2008, C.95: Requires proof of WC coverage with certain legally required annual reports of employers.
P.L. 2008, C. 96: Concerns emergent medical care under WC.
P.L. 2008, C. 97: Revises membership of CRIB and clarifies its authority (Rich Marcolus, the COSH Chair, was appointed to CRIB as the labor representative. In 2018, under the new administration, COSH will again seek a CRIB seat).
P.L. 2008, C. 121: Requires Insurance Fraud Prosecutor to establish liaison with Department of Labor and WorkforceDevelopment and authorizes its investigations of failure to provide WC Coverage.
P.L. 2012, C. 67: Bans charging WC claimants for medical expenses, gives Division of WC sole jurisdiction over work-related medical claims.
P.L. 2015, C. 216: Increases physicians’ fees for WC medical reports.
P.L. 2017, C. 64: Electronic submission of WC bills.
P.L. 2018, C. 14: Increases annual salary of certain public employees, including Workers’ Compensation judges.
The Hand and Foot Bill — increases benefits to appropriate levels for hand and foot injuries. The bill passed in the legislature but was vetoed by Governor Christie. This bill will remain on the COSH priority list in the new administration starting in January 2018.
The Voluntary Tender Bill — this will also be on the COSH priority list beginning in January 2018
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION JUDGES
COSH has worked closely with key legislators in advocating for the appointment of highly qualified WC Judges and the granting of tenure to qualified sitting WC Judges.
COSH’s WorkPAC has become active in supporting worker friendly legislators in Trenton and has played, and continues to play, an active role in supporting the campaigns of friendly candidates. COSH is also active in the gubernatorial campaigns of both Democrat and Republican candidates.
With a new administration starting in Trenton in January 2018, COSH seeks to play a major role in the new Governor’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development Transition Team with a focus on Workers Compensation issues. This will allow for several COSH members to advance COSH’s legislative and judicial agenda in the new administration.
We remain actively involved in fighting anti-worker legislation and will strongly continue these efforts.