Same-sex couples granted Workers' Comp benefits in NJ

We’ve already reported on P.L. 2006, c. 103, codified at N.J.S.A. 37:1-28 which permits same-sex couples to enter into legally sanctioned unions. The new law requires that civil union couples are to be provided “the same benefits as married couples with respect to workers’ compensation benefits including but not limited to survivors benefits and payment of back wages.” As required by this provision, dependency benefits under N.J.S.A. 34:15-13 are to be provided to same-sex survivors of a civil union.

Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC, a 21-attorney law firm dedicated to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers’ compensation claims.

Greg is the author of a popular series of “Handbooks” on workers’ compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016 & 2017 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Practice Guide.

Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or glois@lois-llc.com