Governor Christie recently signed into law Chapter 3, P.L. 2010 that makes a change to the State Workers’ Compensation Program with regards to the Sick Leave Injury (SLI) payments. This change will affect employees who are not members of a union on May 21, 2010. For union members, the State’s Civil Service Commission has completed the review of the current union contracts and they have advised The College that the SLI change under Chapter 3 will affect the union employees at the end of their current contracts, i.e., June 30, 2011. Union employees who do not have a contract in effect as of May 21, 2010 (NJSOA Lieutenants) will no longer have full pay SLI available as of May 21, 2010.
For active non-union employees and employees that are not covered under a current contract (NJSOA Lieutenants), full pay Sick Leave Injury payments will not be available for workers’ compensation injuries that occur on or after May 21, 2010. For all AFT, CWA, IFPTE, NJLESA (Sergeants) and PBA employees, full pay Sick Leave Injury payments will not be available for workers’ compensation injuries that occur on or after July 1, 2011.
All employees who have a work related injury will continue to report the injury to his/her supervisor and to the Benefits Administrator in the Office of Human Resources (if it is an emergency, go in the ambulance to the Emergency Room). Once the SLI is no longer available, if you are placed in a “no-work” status due to an approved workers’ compensation claim, you will be paid Workers’ Compensation Disability pay at 70% of your average weekly wage instead of the full pay SLI. There is a 7 day waiting period for the disability pay so if you are out of work for less than the 7 days, you will use your sick leave.
For more information on Chapter 3, P.L. 2010 go to the Division of Pensions and Benefits website at www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions.