[Second Reprint]

SENATE, No. 1301

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 8, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  FRED H. MADDEN, JR.

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Senator  MICHAEL J. DOHERTY

District 23 (Warren and Hunterdon)

Assemblyman  PAUL D. MORIARTY

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman  JOHN DIMAIO

District 23 (Warren and Hunterdon)

Assemblywoman  BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

District 15 (Mercer)

Assemblyman  TROY SINGLETON

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Cunningham, Assemblymen Coughlin, DeAngelo, Diegnan, Senators Greenstein, Oroho and Turner

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Provides unemployment insurance benefits for shared work programs; requires Department of Labor and Workforce Development report.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As amended by the General Assembly on December 5, 2011.

  


An Act concerning unemployment insurance 1benefits1, amending P.L.2007, c.212 and R.S.43:21-4 and supplementing chapter 21 of Title 43 of the Revised Statutes.

 

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

 

     1.    (New section) For the purposes of this act:

     “Division” means the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

     “Full-time hours” means not less than 30 and not more than 40 hours per week.

     “Shared work employer” means an employer who is providing a shared work program approved by the division pursuant to section 2 of this act.

     “Short-time benefits” means benefits 2that are intended to be in lieu of temporary layoffs and2 provided pursuant to sections 1 through 2[8] 92 of this act.

 

     2.    (New section) An employer who has not less than 10 employees, who are each employed for not less than 1,500 hours per year, may apply to the division for approval to provide a shared work program, the purpose of which is to stabilize the employer’s work force during a period of economic disruption by permitting the sharing of the work remaining after a reduction in total hours of work.  Any subsidizing of seasonal employment during off season, of employers who traditionally use part-time employees, or of temporary part-time or intermittent employment on an ongoing basis, is contrary to the purpose of a shared work program approved pursuant to this act.  The application for a shared work program shall be made according to procedures and on forms specified by the division and shall include whatever information the division requires.  2[In deciding whether to approve the application, the division may consider the nature and size of the employer, its frequency of personnel turnover, its geographical location, and any other factors which may affect the efficacy and utility of the shared work program.]2  The division may approve the program for a period of one year and may, upon employer request, renew the approval of the program annually.  The division shall not approve an application unless the employer:

     a.     Certifies to the division that it will not hire additional part-time or full-time employees while short-time benefits are being paid;

     b.    Agrees with the division not to reduce health insurance or pension coverage, paid time off, or other benefits provided to 1participating1 employees before the application was made, or make unreasonable revisions of workforce productivity standards;

     c.     Certifies to the division that any collective bargaining agent representing the employees has entered into a written agreement with the employer regarding the terms of the program, including terms regarding attendance in training programs while receiving short-time benefits, and provides a copy of the agreement to the division; and

     d.    Agrees to provide the division with whatever information the division deems necessary to administer the shared work program and monitor compliance with all agreements and certifications required pursuant to this section.

 

     3.    (New section) The division may revoke approval of an employer’s application previously granted for good cause shown, including any failure to comply with any agreement or certification required pursuant to section 2 of this act or other conduct or occurrences which the division determines to defeat the purpose, intent and effective operation of a shared work program.

 

     4.    (New section) An individual who is employed by an employer with a shared work program approved by the division shall be eligible for short-time benefits during a week if:

     a.     The individual was employed by the employer for not less than 1,500 hours during the individual’s base year;

     b.    The individual works for the employer less than the individual’s normal full-time hours during the week, and the employer has reduced the individual’s weekly hours of work pursuant to a shared work program approved by the division pursuant to section 2 of this act;

     c.     The percentage of the reduction of the individual’s work hours below the individual’s normal full-time hours during a week is not less than 10%, with a corresponding reduction of wages;

     d.    The individual would be eligible for unemployment benefits other than short-time benefits during the week, if the individual was entirely unemployed during that week and applied for unemployment benefits other than short-time benefits; and

     e.     During the week, the individual is able to work and is available to work the individual’s normal full-time hours for the shared work employer or is attending a training program which is in compliance with the provisions of paragraph (4) of subsection (c) of R.S.43:21-4 and the agreements and certifications required pursuant to the provisions of section 2 of this act.

 

     5.    (New section) The amount of short-time benefits paid to an eligible individual shall, for any week, be equal to the individual’s weekly benefit rate multiplied by the percentage of reduction of his wages resulting from reduced hours of work.  The weekly benefit amount shall be rounded off to the nearest dollar.  An individual shall not be paid short-time benefits in excess of 26 weeks during a benefit year, but the weeks may be nonconsecutive.  An individual shall not receive short-time benefits during any benefit week in which the individual receives any other unemployment benefits.

     Total unemployment benefits paid to an individual during any benefit year, including short-time benefits and all other unemployment benefits, shall not exceed the maximum amount to which the individual is entitled for all unemployment benefits other than short-time benefits.

 

     6.    (New section) A shared work program and payment of short-time benefits to individuals under the program shall begin with the first week following approval of an application by the division or the first week specified by the employer, whichever is later.

 

     7.    (New section) All short-time benefits paid to an individual shall be charged to the account of the shared work employer by which the individual is employed while receiving the short-time benefits.  If the shared work employer is liable for payments in lieu of contributions in the case of other unemployment benefits, that employer shall be liable for payments in lieu of contributions for the entire amount of the short-time benefits paid.

 

     18.   (New section) The Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, three years after the effective date of this act, shall submit a report to the Legislature assessing the implementation of this act and its impact on the State Unemployment Compensation Fund, evaluating the effectiveness of shared work programs approved by the division pursuant to this act, and making any recommendations for appropriate legislative or administrative action necessary to further the purposes of this act.1

 

     1[8.] 9.1     (New section) If the United 2[State] States2 Department of Labor finds any provision of this act to be in violation of federal law, all provisions of this act shall be inoperative.

 

     1[9.] 10.1   Section 5 of P.L.2007, c.212 (C.34:21-5) is amended to read as follows:

     5.    a. There is established, in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a response team.  The purpose of the response team is to provide appropriate information, referral and counseling, as rapidly as possible, to workers who are, or may be, subject to plant closings or mass layoffs, and the management of establishments where those workers are or were employed.

     b.    In the case of each transfer or termination of the operations in an establishment which results in the termination of 50 or more employees, the response team shall:

     (1)   Offer to meet with the representatives of the management of the establishment to discuss available public programs which may make it possible to delay or prevent the transfer or termination of operations, including economic development incentive and workforce development programs, shared work unemployment compensation benefit programs, and coordinated utilization of any of those programs which are applicable;

     (2)   Meet on site with workers and provide information, referral and counseling regarding:

     (a)   Available public programs which may make it possible to delay or prevent the transfer or termination of operations, including economic development incentive and workforce development programs, shared work unemployment compensation benefit programs, and coordinated utilization of any of those programs which are applicable;

     (b)   Public programs or benefits which may be available to assist the employees, including, but not limited to, unemployment compensation benefits, job training or retraining programs, and job search assistance; and

     (c)   Employee rights based on this act or any other law which applies to the employees with respect to wages, severance pay, benefits, pensions or other terms of employment as they relate to the termination of employment; and

     (3)   Seek to facilitate cooperation between representatives of the management and employees at the establishment to most effectively utilize available public programs which may make it possible to delay or prevent the transfer or termination of operations or to assist employees if it is not possible to prevent the termination.

(cf:P.L.2007, c.212, s.5)

 

     1[10] 111.  R.S.43:21-4 is amended to read as follows:

     43:21-4. Benefit eligibility conditions.  An unemployed individual shall be eligible to receive benefits with respect to any week eligible only if:

     (a)   The individual has filed a claim at an unemployment insurance claims office and thereafter continues to report at an employment service office or unemployment insurance claims office, as directed by the division in accordance with such regulations as the division may prescribe, except that the division may, by regulation, waive or alter either or both of the requirements of this subsection as to individuals attached to regular jobs, and as to such other types of cases or situations with respect to which the division finds that compliance with such requirements would be oppressive, or would be inconsistent with the purpose of this act; provided that no such regulation shall conflict with subsection (a) of R.S.43:21-3.

     (b)   The individual has made a claim for benefits in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of R.S.43:21-6.

     (c)(1) The individual is able to work, and is available for work, and has demonstrated to be actively seeking work, except as hereinafter provided in this subsection or in subsection (f) of this section.

     (2)   The director may modify the requirement of actively seeking work if such modification of this requirement is warranted by economic conditions.

     (3)   No individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall be deemed ineligible, or unavailable for work, because the individual is on vacation, without pay, during said week, if said vacation is not the result of the individual's own action as distinguished from any collective action of a collective bargaining agent or other action beyond the individual's control.

     (4)   (A) Subject to such limitations and conditions as the division may prescribe, an individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall not be deemed unavailable for work or ineligible because the individual is attending a training program approved for the individual by the division to enhance the individual's employment opportunities or because the individual failed or refused to accept work while attending such program.

     (B)  For the purpose of this paragraph (4), any training program shall be regarded as approved by the division for the individual if the program and the individual meet the following requirements:

     (i)    The training is for a labor demand occupation and is likely to enhance the individual's marketable skills and earning power, except that the training may be for an occupation other than a labor demand occupation if the individual is receiving 1[short-term] short-time1 benefits pursuant to the provisions of P.L.   , c.   (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) and the training is necessary to prevent a likely loss of jobs;

     (ii)   The training is provided by a competent and reliable private or public entity approved by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of the "1992 New Jersey Employment and Workforce Development Act," P.L.1992, c.43 (C.34:15D-8);

     (iii)   The individual can reasonably be expected to complete the program, either during or after the period of benefits;

     (iv)  The training does not include on the job training or other training under which the individual is paid by an employer for work performed by the individual during the time that the individual receives benefits; and

     (v)   The individual enrolls in vocational training, remedial education or a combination of both on a full-time basis, except that the training or education may be on a part-time basis if the individual is receiving 1[short-term] short-time1 benefits pursuant to the provisions of P.L.     , c.   (C.       ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

     (C)  If the requirements of subparagraph (B) of this paragraph (4) are met, the division shall not withhold approval of the training program for the individual for any of the following reasons:

     (i)    The training includes remedial basic skills education necessary for the individual to successfully complete the vocational component of the training;

     (ii)   The training is provided in connection with a program under which the individual may obtain a college degree, including a post-graduate degree;

     (iii) The length of the training period under the program; or

     (iv)  The lack of a prior guarantee of employment upon completion of the training.

     (D)  For the purpose of this paragraph (4), "labor demand occupation" means an occupation for which there is or is likely to be an excess of demand over supply for adequately trained workers, including, but not limited to, an occupation designated as a labor demand occupation by the Center for Occupational Employment Information pursuant to the provisions of subsection d. of section 27 of P.L.2005, c.354 (C.34:1A-86).

     (5)   An unemployed individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall not be deemed unavailable for work or ineligible solely by reason of the individual's attendance before a court in response to a summons for service on a jury.

     (6)   An unemployed individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall not be deemed unavailable for work or ineligible solely by reason of the individual's attendance at the funeral of an immediate family member, provided that the duration of the attendance does not extend beyond a two-day period.

     For purposes of this paragraph, "immediate family member" includes any of the following individuals: father, mother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, spouse, child, child placed by the Division of Youth and Family Services in the Department of Children and Families, sister or brother of the unemployed individual and any relatives of the unemployed individual residing in the unemployed individual's household.

     (7)   No individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall be deemed ineligible or unavailable for work with respect to any week because, during that week, the individual fails or refuses to accept work while the individual is participating on a full-time basis in self-employment assistance activities authorized by the division, whether or not the individual is receiving a self-employment allowance during that week.

     (8)   Any individual who is determined to be likely to exhaust regular benefits and need reemployment services based on information obtained by the worker profiling system shall not be eligible to receive benefits if the individual fails to participate in available reemployment services to which the individual is referred by the division or in similar services, unless the division determines that:

     (A)  The individual has completed the reemployment services; or

     (B)  There is justifiable cause for the failure to participate, which shall include participation in employment and training, self-employment assistance activities or other activities authorized by the division to assist reemployment or enhance the marketable skills and earning power of the individual and which shall include any other circumstance indicated pursuant to this section in which an individual is not required to be available for and actively seeking work to receive benefits.

     (9)   An unemployed individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall not be deemed unavailable for work or ineligible solely by reason of the individual's work as a board worker for a county board of elections on an election day.

     (10) An individual who is employed by a shared work employer and is otherwise eligible for benefits shall not be deemed ineligible for short-time benefits because the individual is unavailable for work with employers other than the shared work employer, so long as;

     (A) The individual is able to work and is available to work the individual’s normal full-time hours for the shared work employer; or

     (B) The individual is attending a training program which is in compliance with the provisions of paragraph (4) of subsection (c) of this section and the agreements and certifications required pursuant to the provisions of section 2 of P.L.    , c.   (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

     (d)   With respect to any benefit year commencing before January 1, 2002, the individual has been totally or partially unemployed for a waiting period of one week in the benefit year which includes that week.  When benefits become payable with respect to the third consecutive week next following the waiting period, the individual shall be eligible to receive benefits as appropriate with respect to the waiting period.  No week shall be counted as a week of unemployment for the purposes of this subsection:

     (1)   If benefits have been paid, or are payable with respect thereto; provided that the requirements of this paragraph shall be waived with respect to any benefits paid or payable for a waiting period as provided in this subsection;

     (2)   If it has constituted a waiting period week under the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.);

     (3)   Unless the individual fulfills the requirements of subsections (a) and (c) of this section;

     (4)   If with respect thereto, claimant was disqualified for benefits in accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) of R.S.43:21-5.

     The waiting period provided by this subsection shall not apply to benefit years commencing on or after January 1, 2002.  An individual whose total benefit amount was reduced by the application of the waiting period to a claim which occurred on or after January 1, 2002 and before the effective date of P.L.2002, c.13, shall be permitted to file a claim for the additional benefits attributable to the waiting period in the form and manner prescribed by the division, but not later than the 180th day following the effective date of P.L.2002, c.13 unless the division determines that there is good cause for a later filing.

     (e)   (1) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2001, c.17).

     (2)   (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2008, c.17).

     (3)   (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2008, c.17).

     (4)   With respect to benefit years commencing on or after January 7, 2001, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (5) of this subsection, the individual has, during his base year as defined in subsection (c) of R.S.43:21-19:

     (A)  Established at least 20 base weeks as defined in paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (t) of R.S.43:21-19; or

     (B)  If the individual has not met the requirements of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph (4), earned remuneration not less than an amount 1,000 times the minimum wage in effect pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1966, c.113 (C.34:11-56a4) on October 1 of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the benefit year commences, which amount shall be adjusted to the next higher multiple of $100 if not already a multiple thereof.

     (5)   With respect to benefit years commencing on or after January 7, 2001, notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (4) of this subsection, an unemployed individual claiming benefits on the basis of service performed in the production and harvesting of agricultural crops shall, subject to the limitations of subsection (i) of R.S.43:21-19, be eligible to receive benefits if during his base year, as defined in subsection (c) of R.S.43:21-19, the individual:

     (A)  Has established at least 20 base weeks as defined in paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (t) of R.S.43:21-19; or

     (B)  Has earned remuneration not less than an amount 1,000 times the minimum wage in effect pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1966, c.113 (C.34:11-56a4) on October 1 of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the benefit year commences, which amount shall be adjusted to the next higher multiple of $100 if not already a multiple thereof; or

     (C)  Has performed at least 770 hours of service in the production and harvesting of agricultural crops.

     (6)   The individual applying for benefits in any successive benefit year has earned at least six times his previous weekly benefit amount and has had four weeks of employment since the beginning of the immediately preceding benefit year.  This provision shall be in addition to the earnings requirements specified in paragraph (4) or (5) of this subsection, as applicable.

     (f)    (1) The individual has suffered any accident or sickness not compensable under the workers' compensation law, R.S.34:15-1 et seq. and resulting in the individual's total disability to perform any work for remuneration, and would be eligible to receive benefits under this chapter (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.) (without regard to the maximum amount of benefits payable during any benefit year) except for the inability to work and has furnished notice and proof of claim to the division, in accordance with its rules and regulations, and payment is not precluded by the provisions of R.S.43:21-3(d); provided, however, that benefits paid under this subsection (f) shall be computed on the basis of only those base year wages earned by the claimant as a "covered individual," as defined in subsection (b) of section 3 of P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-27); provided further that no benefits shall be payable under this subsection to any individual:

     (A)  For any period during which such individual is not under the care of a legally licensed physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, practicing psychologist, advanced practice nurse, or chiropractor, who, when requested by the division, shall certify within the scope of the practitioner's practice, the disability of the individual, the probable duration thereof, and, where applicable, the medical facts within the practitioner's knowledge;

     (B)  (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1980, c.90.)

     (C)  For any period of disability due to willfully or intentionally self-inflicted injury, or to injuries sustained in the perpetration by the individual of a crime of the first, second or third degree;

     (D)  For any week with respect to which or a part of which the individual has received or is seeking benefits under any unemployment compensation or disability benefits law of any other state or of the United States; provided that if the appropriate agency of such other state or the United States finally determines that the individual is not entitled to such benefits, this disqualification shall not apply;

     (E)   For any week with respect to which or part of which the individual has received or is seeking disability benefits under the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.);

     (F)   For any period of disability commencing while such individual is a "covered individual," as defined in subsection (b) of section 3 of the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-27).

     (2)   The individual is taking family temporary disability leave to provide care for a family member with a serious health condition or to be with a child during the first 12 months after the child's birth or placement of the child for adoption with the individual, and the individual would be eligible to receive benefits under R.S.43:21-1 et seq. (without regard to the maximum amount of benefits payable during any benefit year) except for the individual's unavailability for work while taking the family temporary disability leave, and the individual has furnished notice and proof of claim to the division, in accordance with its rules and regulations, and payment is not precluded by the provisions of R.S.43:21-3(d) provided, however, that benefits paid under this subsection (f) shall be computed on the basis of only those base year wages earned by the claimant as a "covered individual," as defined in subsection (b) of section 3 of P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-27); provided further that no benefits shall be payable under this subsection to any individual:

     (A)  For any week with respect to which or a part of which the individual has received or is seeking benefits under any unemployment compensation or disability benefits law of any other state or of the United States; provided that if the appropriate agency of such other state or the United States finally determines that the individual is not entitled to such benefits, this disqualification shall not apply;

     (B)  For any week with respect to which or part of which the individual has received or is seeking disability benefits for a disability of the individual under the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.);

     (C)  For any period of family temporary disability leave commencing while the individual is a "covered individual," as defined in subsection (b) of section 3 of the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-27); or

     (D)  For any period of family temporary disability leave for a serious health condition of a family member of the claimant during which the family member is not receiving inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility and is not subject to continuing medical treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider, who, when requested by the division, shall certify within the scope of the provider's practice, the serious health condition of the family member, the probable duration thereof, and, where applicable, the medical facts within the provider's knowledge.

     (3)   Benefit payments under this subsection (f) shall be charged to and paid from the State disability benefits fund established by the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), and shall not be charged to any employer account in computing any employer's experience rate for contributions payable under this chapter.

     (g)   Benefits based on service in employment defined in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of R.S.43:21-19 (i)(1) shall be payable in the same amount and on the terms and subject to the same conditions as benefits payable on the basis of other service subject to the "unemployment compensation law"; except that, notwithstanding any other provisions of the "unemployment compensation law":

     (1)   With respect to service performed after December 31, 1977, in an instructional research, or principal administrative capacity for an educational institution, benefits shall not be paid based on such services for any week of unemployment commencing during the period between two successive academic years, or during a similar period between two regular terms, whether or not successive, or during a period of paid sabbatical leave provided for in the individual's contract, to any individual if such individual performs such services in the first of such academic years (or terms) and if there is a contract or a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform services in any such capacity for any educational institution in the second of such academic years or terms;

     (2)   With respect to weeks of unemployment beginning after September 3, 1982, on the basis of service performed in any other capacity for an educational institution, benefits shall not be paid on the basis of such services to any individual for any week which commences during a period between two successive academic years or terms if such individual performs such services in the first of such academic years or terms and there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform such services in the second of such academic years or terms, except that if benefits are denied to any individual under this paragraph (2) and the individual was not offered an opportunity to perform these services for the educational institution for the second of any academic years or terms, the individual shall be entitled to a retroactive payment of benefits for each week for which the individual filed a timely claim for benefits and for which benefits were denied solely by reason of this clause;

     (3)   With respect to those services described in paragraphs (1) and (2) above, benefits shall not be paid on the basis of such services to any individual for any week which commences during an established and customary vacation period or holiday recess if such individual performs such services in the period immediately before such vacation period or holiday recess, and there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform such services in the period immediately following such period or holiday recess;

     (4)   With respect to any services described in paragraphs (1) and (2) above, benefits shall not be paid as specified in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) above to any individual who performed those services in an educational institution while in the employ of an educational service agency, and for this purpose the term "educational service agency" means a governmental agency or governmental entity which is established and operated exclusively for the purpose of providing those services to one or more educational institutions.

     (h)   Benefits shall not be paid to any individual on the basis of any services, substantially all of which consist of participating in sports or athletic events or training or preparing to so participate, for any week which commences during the period between two successive sports seasons (or similar periods) if such individual performed such services in the first of such seasons (or similar periods) and there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform such services in the later of such seasons (or similar periods).

     (i)    (1) Benefits shall not be paid on the basis of services performed by an alien unless such alien is an individual who was lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time the services were performed and was lawfully present for the purpose of performing the services or otherwise was permanently residing in the United States under color of law at the time the services were performed (including an alien who is lawfully present in the United States as a result of the application of the provisions of section 212(d)(5) (8 U.S.C. s.1182 (d)(5)) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. s.1101 et seq.)); provided that any modifications of the provisions of section 3304(a)(14) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act [28U.S.C. s.3304 (a)(14)], (26 U.S.C. s. 3304 (a) (14) as provided by Pub.L.94-566, which specify other conditions or other effective dates than stated herein for the denial of benefits based on services performed by aliens and which modifications are required to be implemented under State law as a condition for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, shall be deemed applicable under the provisions of this section.

     (2)   Any data or information required of individuals applying for benefits to determine whether benefits are not payable to them because of their alien status shall be uniformly required from all applicants for benefits.

     (3)   In the case of an individual whose application for benefits would otherwise be approved, no determination that benefits to such individual are not payable because of alien status shall be made except upon a preponderance of the evidence.

     (j)    Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the director may, to the extent that it may be deemed efficient and economical, provide for consolidated administration by one or more representatives or deputies of claims made pursuant to subsection (f) of this section with those made pursuant to Article III (State plan) of the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.).

(cf: P.L.2008, c.17, s.14)

 

     1[11.] 12.1  This act shall take effect on the 2[90th day after] first day of the seventh month following the date of2 enactment.