Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Jersey to Address Workers’ Compensation Backlog

In response to a series of newspaper articles from the Star-Ledger in New Jersey that revealed many injured workers are waiting years for their workers’ compensation benefits because of delays, politics and poor state oversight, the state Senate will take up the issue. A special hearing is scheduled in May before the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee.

"It's appropriate to take a close look at the workers' compensation system to see whether it can be made more efficient," said State Sen. Paul Sarlo. "The recent media focus on the system gives us a chance to see if we can make it a better, fairer program so nobody falls through the cracks."

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