Workers’ compensation provides medical treatment, wage replacement and permanent disability compensation to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses, and death benefits to dependents of workers who have died as a result of their employment.
HPAE local officers, Reps, and staff can assist and support HPAE members who have work-related injuries or illnesses. In addition, HPAE members may have additional negotiated benefits that are included in collective bargaining agreements.
For more information on the New Jersey workers’ compensation system, please click on the link below:
Factsheet for Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey
HPAE strongly supports the “Thomas P Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act”, S264, which serves to ensure that workers’ compensation coverage for public safety workers – including nurses and healthcare workers – is appropriately provided without long costly legal battles. Along with law enforcement officers, firefighters and first aid personnel, nurses and EMS personnel provide emergency medical care during a public health crisis, catastrophic incidents and infectious disease outbreaks.
As both paid and volunteer First Responders, these men and women respond to catastrophic incidents, often without knowing the specific exposures they face to toxins or carcinogens. Many of the dangerous substances or toxins First Responders come in contact with can cause serious, life-long illnesses and even death. Instead of gaining coverage and protection from our workers’ compensation system, First Responders often have to fight long costly legal battles to prove the link between their exposure and subsequent illnesses, some of which can take years to present. That is why we support S264.