New Jersey Civil Union Statute Provides Same-Sex Couples Same Workers' Compensation Benefits As Married Couples

On February 19, 2007, the legislation recognizing same-sex civil unions went into effect in New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 37:1-28). While the statute does not amend the Workers’ Compensation Act, it does state that civil union couples must receive the same benefits as married couples with respect to workers’ compensation benefits.

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