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Employee Hurt While Volunteering at Company Outing Is Entitled to Workers’ Compensation

The New Jersey Supreme Court has expanded the circumstances in which employees’ injuries can be considered job-related for purposes of workers’ compensation. The court ruled that a company cook who volunteered to prepare meals at a community event sponsored by her employer was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries incurred. Under New Jersey’s Workers’… Read More »

What Types of Injuries Meet the NJ Verbal Threshold for Bringing a Lawsuit?

New Jersey law gives drivers the choice of two types of car insurance policies: the “limitation on lawsuit” option and the “no limitation” option. A limitation-on-lawsuit policy is less expensive but strictly limits the purchaser’s ability to sue for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. However, it is still possible to recover such damages… Read More »

Can Your Employer Require You to be Vaccinated for COVID-19?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance stating that federal discrimination laws do not prohibit employers from requiring employees entering the workplace to get vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the EEOC stated that some exceptions may apply under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Those laws mandate employers to provide reasonable… Read More »

NJ Workers Compensation for Essential Employees During COVID-19

Relief for those who contracted COVID-19 This blog is for those essential employees who work as first responders keeping us safe in hospitals and nursing homes caring for our sick or who work in our grocery stores and our takeout restaurants keeping food on our tables and for those who work in banks to keep… Read More »

If I Caught COVID-19 on the Job, Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new avenue of potential workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus and caught the virus while on the job, then you might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. As we’re still in the early stages of this healthcare crisis, pinning down exactly… Read More »

Due to COVID-19 , Some Police Departments Not Responding to Minor Auto Accident Calls

Police officers and other first responders face increased risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed nearly every facet of our lives. As stay at home orders in many states and cities require non-essential businesses to shut down or cut back on hours in operation, measures are also being taken to protect law enforcement… Read More »

Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of… Read More »

Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits When Job Loss Is Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the federal government and signed into law on March 30, authorizes expanded unemployment benefits for Americans. Due to the major economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several distinctions from the traditional programs that states use to support employees who have been… Read More »

What Steps Should Employers Take to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

As COVID-19 has plagued the United States, business leaders in every industry have gotten a crash course in virus prevention measures. Unfortunately, for many, the information regarding best practices has been confusing or even contradictory. Whether you’re an employee, a manager or a business owner, it is critical to know about the steps that should… Read More »

Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that… Read More »