New Jersey adopts amendment to protect Second Injury Fund
Voters overwhelming approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that prohibits lawmakers from using money from the Second Injury Fund to help balance the state budget.
Such funds provide payments to injured workers who experience a subsequent work-related injury. The idea is to encourage companies to hire disabled workers by limiting employers' liability to payments applying only to a worker's latest injury.
However, many states have recently begun disbanding these funds. Many believe the protections provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act make Second Injury Funds unnecessary.
December 6, 2010
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