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    Chapter 21:

      Section: 43:21-49: Postings, notice and claims for disability benefits.

          25. (a) (1) Every employer shall post, in prominent locations, notices to employees in the form provided by the division of whether the employer is permitted or required to participate in a temporary disability benefits program pursuant to the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et seq.), and whether the employer does or does not participate. For employers who participate in a temporary disability benefits program, the notice shall also describe the temporary disability benefits available to the employees and prominently disclose that pregnancy is regarded by law as a disability and that pregnant employees are regarded as disabled and entitled to temporary disability benefits to the same extent as other disabled employees. Upon the request of an employer, the division shall, without charge, provide the employer with a copy of each applicable notice, suitable for reproduction by the employer. Each employer participating in the State plan or a private plan shall give a printed copy of benefit instructions to any disabled employee as soon as the employer becomes aware of the disability.

(2) In addition, in the event of the disability of any individual covered under the State plan, the employer shall, not later than the ninth day of disability, or not later than the ninth day after the individual notifies the employer of an anticipated period of disability pursuant to paragraph (3) of this section, whichever comes first, issue to the individual and to the division printed notices on division forms containing the name, address and Social Security number of the individual, such wage information as the division may require to determine the individual's eligibility for benefits, and the name, address, and division identity number of the employer. Not later than 30 days after the commencement of the period of disability for which such notice is furnished, the individual shall furnish to the division a notice and claim for disability benefits under the State plan or for disability during unemployment. Upon the submission of such notices by the employer and the individual, and the commencement of the compensable portion of the disability leave pursuant to the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et seq.), the division may issue benefit payments for periods not exceeding three weeks pending the receipt of medical proof. When requested by the division, such notice and proof shall include certification of total disability by the attending physician, or a record of hospital confinement. Failure to furnish notice and proof within the time or in the manner above provided shall not invalidate or reduce any claim if it shall be shown to the satisfaction of the division not to have been reasonably possible to furnish such notice and proof and that such notice and proof was furnished as soon as reasonably possible.

(3) With respect to any period of disability commencing on or after October 4, 2019, if an individual knows in advance when the period will commence, the individual may notify the employer of the anticipated period of disability and submit to the division a claim for benefits for that period, which shall include a statement of when the period will commence and any certification requested by the division pursuant to this section, prior to, but not more than 60 days prior to, the date on which the period will commence. The division shall process that claim immediately and, upon a finding that the claim is valid, shall pay the benefit upon the commencement of the period, except that if the division receives the claim less than 30 days before the commencement of the period, the division shall make the payment not more than 30 days after the receipt of the claim. The periods of disability leave to which the provisions of this paragraph apply shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following if the commencement date of the leave is known in advance: disability related to pregnancy or childbirth; disability related to scheduled medical procedures, treatments, or appointments for the individual; and disability related to scheduled ongoing care of the individual. If an individual did not establish enough base weeks or have enough total earnings during the base year preceding the week the individual submits the claim for benefits, the division shall notify the individual that the individual may file the claim again upon or after the commencement of the period of disability and the division shall then reconsider the individual's eligibility for benefits based on the base year preceding the week in which the period of disability commences.

(b) A person claiming benefits under the State plan or for disability during unemployment shall, when requested by the division, submit at intervals, but not more often than once a week, to an examination by a legally licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, certified nurse midwife, advanced practice nurse or public health nurse designated by the division. In all cases of physical examination of a claimant, the examination shall be made by a designee of the division, who shall be the same sex as the claimant if so requested by the claimant. All such examinations by physicians, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, certified nurse midwives or nurses designated by the division shall be without cost to the claimant and shall be held at a reasonable time and place. Refusal to submit to such a requested examination shall disqualify the claimant from all benefits for the period of disability in question, except as to benefits already paid.

(c) All medical records of the division, except to the extent necessary for the proper administration of this act, shall be confidential and shall not be published or be open to public inspection (other than to public employees in the performance of their public duties) in any manner revealing the identity of the claimant, or the nature or cause of disability nor admissible in evidence in any action or special proceeding other than one arising under this act.

L.1948, c.110, s.25; amended 1950, c.173, s.7; 1951, c.60; 1968, c.406, s.2; 1980, c.90, s.15; 2004, c.168, s.3; 2005, c.106; 2009, c.114, s.2; 2018, c.128, s.4; 2019, c.37, s.20.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2019-03-13 14:51:00.

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