New Jersey lawmakers have brought back a proposal to exclude undocumented immigrants from receiving workers compensation benefits for workplace injuries and illnesses.
S.B. 156 and A.B. 693 include language that has been introduced 10 times in the Senate since 2002 and 12 times in the Assembly since 1998 in response to a 1991 court decision holding immigration status does not dictate eligibility to receive benefits under the state’s temporary disability law.
Both measures would exclude from the definition of people covered by workers compensation “employees who are aliens unless they were lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time the employment was performed, were lawfully present for the purpose of performing the employment, or otherwise were permanently residing in the United States under color of law at the time the employment was performed.”
A legislative statement included with both bills states the measures would exclude “illegal aliens” from workers comp