Bill Text: NJ A2617 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Chaptered


Bill Title: Requires employers to provide hiring preference to employees who have reached maximum medical improvement following work-related injury.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-2)

Status: (Passed) 2021-09-24 - Approved P.L.2021, c.228. [A2617 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-A2617-Chaptered.html

Title 34.

Chapter 15.

Article 12. (New)

Hiring Preference

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C.34:15-147

 


P.L. 2021, CHAPTER 228, approved September 24, 2021

Assembly, No. 2617 (First Reprint)

 

 


An Act concerning employment of injured workers who have reached maximum medical improvement and supplementing chapter 15 of Title 34 of the Revised Statutes (C.34:15-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

      1.   a.   Following a work-related injury, an employer shall provide a hiring preference to an employee who has reached maximum medical improvement and is unable to return to the position at which the employee was previously employed for any existing, unfilled position offered by the employer for which the employee can perform the essential duties of the position.

      b.   For purposes of this section, "employer" means an employer who employs at least 50 persons 1, but shall not include a contractor as defined in section 3 of P.L.1999, c.238 (C.34:11-56.50)1.

      c.   Nothing in this section requires an employer to create a new position to accommodate an employee who cannot return to the employee's former position following a work-related injury despite reaching maximum medical improvement or requires an employer to remove another employee from an existing and filled position that would be suitable for the injured employee.

      d.   1This act shall not apply to athletes employed by professional sports teams.

      e.1  Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair or affect any right of an individual with a disability to a reasonable accommodation under the "Law Against Discrimination," P.L.1945, c.169 (C.10:5-1 et seq.).

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

                                

 

     Requires employers to provide hiring preference to employees who have reached maximum medical improvement following work related injury.

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