Workers’ Compensation Regulations For Public School Workers
If employees of New Jersey public schools are injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits just like workers in other fields. However, New Jersey public school employees, by statute, are subject to special rules that are different than those that apply to private sector employees.
At the law firm of Selikoff & Cohen, P.A., in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, our attorneys have extensive experience addressing the unique rules regarding public school employees in workers’ compensation cases.
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Under New Jersey law, private sector employees are subject to a statutory seven-day waiting period and entitled to receive 70 percent of their earnings up to the statutory maximum per week while the workers’ compensation doctor holds the employee out of work. A public school employee, however, is entitled to receive full salary for up to one year from the date of the work accident without a statutory waiting period and not chargeable to sick leave.
In addition, school employees who pay into the pension system may also have certain pension rights through what is known as a disability retirement.
Finally, the law provides that while a public school employee is receiving workers’ compensation benefits during the one-year period, that time constitutes satisfactory service.
Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Protect Your Best Interests
A public school employee who is injured on the job should contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who is familiar with public school laws and procedures so that he or she obtains the appropriate benefits allowed by law.
It is important to note that your workers’ compensation attorney is paid at the Judge’s discretion at the time of the settlement of the case. If there is no recovery in your workers’ compensation case, you will not owe attorney fees.