Legislation Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin co-sponsored to establish a partial return to work program for residents receiving temporary disability insurance was approved 74-0 Thursday by the full Assembly.
Currently, the temporary disability insurance (TDI) law provides for benefits only during the time that the worker is completely unable to work due to the disability. The bill provides that the part-time TDI benefit is the full-time TDI benefit amount minus the wages paid to the worker during a week.
The bill (A-1980) would permit the payment of TDI benefits on a reduced basis to temporarily disabled workers who are otherwise eligible for TDI benefits but only able to return to work on a part-time basis while recovering from a disability. In addition, the measure permits such partial benefits only after a worker has been completely unable to work due to a disability and receiving full TDI benefits for at least seven days.
“This is pro-worker legislation,” said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). “With so many residents struggling to make ends meet, we have to ensure that those who unfortunately suffer a disability are treated fairly.”
Employers are not required under the bill to permit a worker to return to work on a reduced basis; and the worker will remain eligible for benefits until fully recovered from the disability benefits for a worker.
The bill, which was also sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Raj Mukherji, and Benjie Wimberly, will now be forwarded to the governor.