SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 676

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  FEBRUARY 18, 2010

 

      The Senate Labor Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 676.

      This bill increases the amount of workers' compensation paid in certain cases for the loss of a hand, or thumb and first and second fingers (on one hand) or four fingers (on one hand) or a foot, as follows:

      1.   If a loss of function of a hand is determined to be a 25% or more loss of use, the award of workers’ compensation shall be calculated based on a maximum of 300 weeks of compensation for a 100% loss of function; and

      2.   If a loss of function of a foot is determined to be a 25% or more loss of use, the award of workers’ compensation shall be calculated based on a maximum of 275 weeks of compensation for a 100% loss of function.

      Under current law, the maximum award for the loss of a hand is 245 weeks and the maximum award for the loss of a foot is 230 weeks.

      This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2010-2011 session pending technical review.  As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.