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Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Legislation for Essential Workers

Law addressing workers’ compensation presumption of compensability for essential workers ended June 4, 2021.

On September 14, 2020, a new law went into effect affecting workers’ compensation (WC) benefits in New Jersey. The law creates a rebuttable presumption that “essential workers” who contract COVID-19 during the public health emergency, contracted it in the workplace. As a result, essential workers’ treatment of COVID-19 should be covered under their WC benefits. This law is retroactively effective March 9, 2020.