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COSH is pleased to share that bill S-2156, known as the Voluntary Tender bill, passed through the NJ State Assembly on June 21, 2018. Having already passed in the Senate, this bill is poised to be signed by Governor Murphy shortly.

We owe tremendous gratitude to the sponsors of this bill and to all COSH members and friends who helped get this legislation passed. This is a major victory for injured workers in New Jersey.

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Hand and Foot Bill Update_5-10-18

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NJCOSH is currently fighting for the following legislation to benefit injured workers in New Jersey:


NJ Advisory Council (2018-2019)


Bill: A926
Sponsors: Giblin (D34); Lagana (D38); Mukherji (D33)
Summary: Permits group self-insurance plans for, and collective bargaining agreements improving the provision of, workers’ compensation.
Subjects: Labor; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2016:A1845; 2014:A4132; 2014:S2447
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A940
Sponsors: Rumpf (R9); Gove (R9) +2
Summary: Excludes certain illegal aliens from workers’ compensation and temporary disability benefits.
Subjects: Labor-Temporary Disability; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:S304; 2016:A1143; 2016:S254; 2014:A747; 2014:S191; 2012:A641; 2012:S181; 2010:A292; 2010:S109; 2008:A290; 2008:S81; 2008:S1755; 2006:A654; 2006:S1134; 2004:A920; 2004:S130; 2002:A993; 2002:S882; 2000:A706; 1998:A421; 1998:S553; 1996:A1013; 1996:S212; 1994:A2310; 1994:S1565
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A965
Sponsors: Rumpf (R9); Gove (R9)
Summary: Prevents intoxicated employees from receiving workers’ compensation.
Subjects: Alcoholic Beverages; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:S1420; 2016:A1172; 2016:S1550; 2014:A779; 2014:S2986; 2012:A2549; 2012:S1671; 2010:A2448; 2010:S1203; 2008:A2482; 2008:S1674; 2006:A3481; 2006:S2166
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A1110
Sponsors: Downey (D11) +1
Summary: Increases workers’ compensation for loss of hand or foot; requires Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to study effectiveness of workers’ compensation program.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:S782; 2016:A4376; 2016:S777; 2014:S750; 2012:S1134
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.
Position: Support

 


Bill: A1697
Sponsors: Dancer (R12); Downey (D11)
Summary: Prohibits medical providers from reporting certain workers’ compensation medical charges to collection and credit reporting agencies.
Subjects: Insurance-Health Insurance; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2016:A5270
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A1741
Sponsors: Quijano (D20); Benson (D14); Lagana (D38)
Summary: “Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act”; concerns workers’ compensation for public safety workers.
Subjects: Health-Emergency Medical Services; Labor-Workers Compensation; Public Safety-Emergency Management; Public Safety-Firefighters; Public Safety-Police
Related: 2018:S716; 2016:A3087; 2016:S2407; 2014:A1347; 2014:S264; 2012:A1196; 2012:S1778; 2010:A1250; 2010:S1624; 2008:A1330; 2008:S569; 2006:A4622; 2006:S2996
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A2412
Sponsors: Quijano (D20)
Summary: Concerns disputed medical fees in workers’ compensation claims.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:S764; 2016:A4444; 2016:S2010
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/01/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A2510
Sponsors: DeAngelo (D14); Downey (D11); Mukherji (D33) +1
Summary: Concerns attorney fees for workers’ compensation awards.
Subjects: Judiciary; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:S2145; 2016:A3426; 2014:A3403; 2014:S374; 2012:S762; 2010:A3925; 2010:S2446
Progress: 1st House: 2nd Reading
Status: 06/21/2018 – Substituted by another bill
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.
06/18/2018 – Transferred to Assembly Budget Committee. Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly.
06/21/2018 – Substituted by S-2145.

 


Bill: A2790
Sponsors: McKeon (D27)
Summary: Increases statutory mandatory retirement age for Superior Court and Tax Court judges from 70 to 75.
Subjects: Judiciary-Judges
Related: 2016:A2378; 2014:A528; 2014:A3706; 2012:A168
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/01/2018 – Assembly Judiciary Committee
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Position: Support

 


Bill: A2794
Sponsors: McKeon (D27)
Summary: Increases statutory mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices, Superior Court Judges, Tax Court Judges, Administrative Law Judges, Workers’ Compensation Judges and county prosecutors from 70 to 72.
Subjects: Judiciary-Judges; Prosecutors
Related: 2016:A2856; 2014:A3182
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/01/2018 – Assembly Judiciary Committee
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee.

 


Bill: A2795
Sponsors: McKeon (D27)
Summary: Increases mandatory retirement age for Administrative Law Judges, Workers’ Compensation Judges and county prosecutors from 70 to 75.
Subjects: Judiciary-Judges; Prosecutors
Related: 2018:S1069; 2016:A2377; 2016:S629; 2014:A3542; 2014:A3705; 2014:S2472
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/01/2018 – Assembly Judiciary Committee
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee.

 


Bill: A3046
Sponsors: Vainieri Huttle (D37)
Summary: Establishes the “Healthy Workplace Act.”
Subjects: Health; Labor
Related: 2018:S710; 2016:A2299; 2016:S868; 2014:A1090; 2014:S280; 2012:A3249; 2012:S333; 2012:S3115; 2010:A673; 2010:S2515; 2008:A1551; 2006:A3590
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/08/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 02/08/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A3357
Sponsors: Bucco (R25); Webber (R26); DeCroce (R26)
Summary: Concerns workers’ compensation insurance requirements for certain corporations and partnerships.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:S2354; 2016:A3069; 2016:S1691; 2014:A418; 2014:S1105; 2012:A4104; 2012:S2829
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/12/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 02/12/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A3557
Sponsors: Gusciora (D15); Pinkin (D18)
Summary: Tolls statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims of minors.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 03/12/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 03/12/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.

 


Bill: A3625
Sponsors: Lampitt (D6); Schaer (D36); Mukherji (D33) +1
Summary: Requires institutions of higher education and proprietary degree-granting institutions to improve transparency of tuition and fees.
Subjects: Education-Finance; Higher Education
Related: 2018:S2046; 2016:A3847; 2016:S2214
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 03/12/2018 – Assembly Higher Education Committee
History: 03/12/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee.

 


Bill: ACR124
Sponsors: McKeon (D27)
Summary: Proposes constitutional amendment to increase mandatory retirement age for judges and justices from 70 to 72.
Subjects: Constitutional Amendments; Judiciary-Judges
Related: 2016:ACR144; 2014:ACR150
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/01/2018 – Assembly Judiciary Committee
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee.

 


Bill: S304
Sponsors: Connors (R9)
Summary: Excludes certain illegal aliens from workers’ compensation and temporary disability benefits.
Subjects: Labor-Temporary Disability; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A940; 2016:A1143; 2016:S254; 2014:A747; 2014:S191; 2012:A641; 2012:S181; 2010:A292; 2010:S109; 2008:A290; 2008:S81; 2008:S1755; 2006:A654; 2006:S1134; 2004:A920; 2004:S130; 2002:A993; 2002:S882; 2000:A706; 1998:A421; 1998:S553; 1996:A1013; 1996:S212; 1994:A2310; 1994:S1565
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S395
Sponsors: Pennacchio (R26); Madden (D4)
Summary: Concerns certain workers’ compensation supplemental benefits for surviving dependents of public safety workers who die in the line of duty.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation; Public Safety-Firefighters; Public Safety-Police
Related: 2016:S109; 2014:S416; 2012:S294; 2010:S1672
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S710
Sponsors: Greenstein (D14)
Summary: Establishes the “Healthy Workplace Act.”
Subjects: Health; Labor
Related: 2018:A3046; 2016:A2299; 2016:S868; 2014:A1090; 2014:S280; 2012:A3249; 2012:S333; 2012:S3115; 2010:A673; 2010:S2515; 2008:A1551; 2006:A3590
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S716
Sponsors: Greenstein (D14); Bateman (R16) +1
Summary: “Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act”; concerns workers’ compensation for public safety workers.
Subjects: Health-Emergency Medical Services; Labor-Workers Compensation; Public Safety-Emergency Management; Public Safety-Firefighters; Public Safety-Police
Related: 2018:A1741; 2016:A3087; 2016:S2407; 2014:A1347; 2014:S264; 2012:A1196; 2012:S1778; 2010:A1250; 2010:S1624; 2008:A1330; 2008:S569; 2006:A4622; 2006:S2996
Progress: 2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status: 06/11/2018 – Assembly Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.
05/21/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate. Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
06/04/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.
06/07/2018 – Passed in Senate 29-4.
06/11/2018 – Received in Assembly and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.
Position: Study

 


Bill: S764
Sponsors: Cunningham (D31)
Summary: Concerns disputed medical fees in workers’ compensation claims.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A2412; 2016:A4444; 2016:S2010
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S782
Sponsors: Sarlo (D36); Scutari (D22)
Summary: Increases workers’ compensation for loss of hand or foot; requires Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to study effectiveness of workers’ compensation program.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A1110; 2016:A4376; 2016:S777; 2014:S750; 2012:S1134
Progress: 1st House: 2nd Reading
Status: 05/10/2018 – Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.
05/10/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate. Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

 


Bill: S818
Sponsors: Scutari (D22)
Summary: Expands workers’ compensation coverage to parking areas provided by employer.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2016:S325; 2014:S2247
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/09/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 01/09/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S1069
Sponsors: Gill (D34)
Summary: Increases mandatory retirement age for Administrative Law Judges, Workers’ Compensation Judges and county prosecutors from 70 to 75.
Subjects: Judiciary-Judges; Prosecutors
Related: 2018:A2795; 2016:A2377; 2016:S629; 2014:A3542; 2014:A3705; 2014:S2472
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 01/22/2018 – Senate Judiciary Committee
History: 01/22/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.

 


Bill: S1420
Sponsors: Connors (R9)
Summary: Prevents intoxicated employees from receiving workers’ compensation.
Subjects: Alcoholic Beverages; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A965; 2016:A1172; 2016:S1550; 2014:A779; 2014:S2986; 2012:A2549; 2012:S1671; 2010:A2448; 2010:S1203; 2008:A2482; 2008:S1674; 2006:A3481; 2006:S2166
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/01/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 02/01/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S1597
Sponsors: Oroho (R24); Cryan (D20)
Summary: Revises workers’ compensation coverage for certain injuries to volunteer and professional public safety and law enforcement personnel.
Subjects: Labor; Public Safety; Public Safety-Police
Related: 2018:A4058
Progress: 1st House: 2nd Reading
Status: 05/21/2018 – Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
History: 02/05/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.
05/21/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate. Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

 


Bill: S1766
Sponsors: Scutari (D22); Gill (D34)
Summary: Expands wrongful death act to allow recovery for mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, loss of society and loss of companionship.
Subjects: Civil Actions
Progress: 1st House: 2nd Reading
Status: 04/05/2018 – Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
History: 02/05/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
04/05/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate. Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

 


Bill: S1967
Sponsors: Sweeney (D3); Madden (D4)
Summary: Concerns certain workers’ compensation supplemental benefits.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A3635; 2016:S2148; 2014:A1908; 2014:S929; 2012:A4514; 2012:S613; 2010:S935; 2008:A2846; 2008:S785
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 02/22/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 02/22/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

 


Bill: S2144 Sa (1R)
Sponsors: Scutari (D22); Gopal (D11)
Summary: “New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act.”
Subjects: Insurance
Related: 2018:A3850; 2018:A4293; 2016:S2488
Progress: 2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status: 06/11/2018 – Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee
History: 03/05/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Commerce Committee.
04/05/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.
04/12/2018 – Amended on Senate floor, 2nd reading in Senate 21-0 (Scutari).
06/07/2018 – Passed in Senate 21-14.
06/11/2018 – Received in Assembly and referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

 


Bill: S2145
Sponsors: Scutari (D22); Sweeney (D3); DeAngelo (D14); Downey (D11); Mukherji (D33) +1
Summary: Concerns attorney fees for workers’ compensation awards.
Subjects: Judiciary; Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A2510; 2016:A3426; 2014:A3403; 2014:S374; 2012:S762; 2010:A3925; 2010:S2446
Progress: Governor
Status: 06/21/2018 – Passed in both houses
History: 03/05/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
03/26/2018 – Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.
04/12/2018 – Passed in Senate 24-12.
05/07/2018 – Received in Assembly and referred to Assembly Labor Committee.
06/18/2018 – Transferred to Assembly Budget Committee. Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly.
06/21/2018 – Substituted for A-2510. Passed in Assembly and sent to Governor 50-25-1.

 


Bill: S2354
Sponsors: Bucco (R25)
Summary: Concerns workers’ compensation insurance requirements for certain corporations and partnerships.
Subjects: Labor-Workers Compensation
Related: 2018:A3357; 2016:A3069; 2016:S1691; 2014:A418; 2014:S1105; 2012:A4104; 2012:S2829
Progress: 1st House: Referred to Committee
Status: 04/05/2018 – Senate Labor Committee
History: 04/05/2018 – Introduced and referred to Senate Labor Committee.

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