Category Archives: New Jersey

New Jersey’s Maximum Benefit Rate Increase in Effect Now for New Claims

Effective January 1, 2019, the maximum temporary disability compensation benefit rate for New Jersey claims rises to $921.00 per week and the minimum rate is $246 per week. These rates take effect for new injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2019. Benefit rates in cases with dates of loss prior to January 1, 2019 do not get this higher rate – New Jersey does not have a cost of living increase for established claims. Continue reading New Jersey’s Maximum Benefit Rate Increase in Effect Now for New Claims

New Case Decision: New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Carriers Can Subrogate Minor Injuries Even Where Petitioner Could Not

In a decision released December 4, 2018, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that a workers’ compensation carrier can sue the tortfeasor in an auto accident case even though petitioner, who wasn’t permanently injured, could not. This decision will be of interest to all workers’ compensation carriers in New Jersey. Continue reading New Case Decision: New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Carriers Can Subrogate Minor Injuries Even Where Petitioner Could Not

Download PDF Version of 2019 New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law Handbook

New Jersey Workers' Compensation Law Handbook 2019 Edition
Cover of the 2019 edition of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law Handbook.
This is the PDF (Adobe Acrobat) version of “New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law – 2019 Edition” by Gregory Lois. This is the most practical, up-to-date and easy-to-understand guide to New Jersey workers’ compensation claims available. This book is designed for employers, attorneys, claims adjusters, physicians, self-insured employers and vocational rehabilitation workers. This guide is written in plain English by a New Jersey attorney and provides a detailed analysis of relevant statutes and regulations; a complete recap of recent court decisions; and a full description of current practice and procedure.  This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the complicated issues and makes the law understandable for business owners.

A comprehensive description, including a list of what was updated since the last edition and complete chapter list is here.

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New Decision Expands the Boundary of Employment in New Jersey

A frequent issue that arises in New Jersey workers’ compensation cases is whether or not the petitioner is an employee or an independent contractor. In a recent case, decided October 26, 2018, The appeals panel in New Jersey answered this question in a case involving a cab dispatching service. After trial, the Workers’ Compensation Law Judge dismissed the claims of Julio Pendola against Milenio Express finding that Pendola was not Milenio’s employee despite the fact that the alleged employer had never paid the alleged employee. On appeal the Appellate Division reversed. Here’s why.

Facts From the Trial

The trial judge found that Pendola, a cab driver, was not employed by Milenio because:

  • Pendola supplied his own car.
  • Pendola supplied his own equipment, like the two way radio used to dispatch him.
  • Pendola owned the “medallion” on the cab (the license to operate as a taxi);
  • Pendola paid for his own gas, maintenance, and insurance on his car.
  • The Petitioner was not paid by the company and in fact paid the company $150 per week for the dispatched fares.
  • the Claimant testified that he never shared or remitted any portion of fares to the company; he kept 100% of all fares.

Against all of that, Pendola argued that he was an employee for the following reasons:

  • Pendola testified that he had provided driving services exclusively to Milenio since 2003.
  • Before he purchased his car, a Ford Crown Victoria, he consulted with Milenio who required he paint the car silver, affix the taxi company logo to it, along with the Company’s phone number.
  • The company provided Pendola with business cards, receipts, and vouchers.
  • Pendola also claimed he only picked up passengers from location when dispatched by the company.
  • Pendola testified that the company required his to be well dressed, keep his car clean, and promptly pick up fares. The company punished drivers who failed to follow those basic requirements by not sending them dispatches for a few hours or the rest of the day.

The Appeals panel reversed, finding that Pendola was the employee of Milenio. Read more to find out why. Continue reading New Decision Expands the Boundary of Employment in New Jersey