New Jersey Administrative Code
Title 17 - TREASURY - GENERAL
Chapter 2 - PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
Subchapter 10 - COVID-19 ACCIDENTAL DISABILITY
Section 17:2-10.4 - Accidental death in the line of duty (COVID-19)

Universal Citation: NJ Admin Code 17:2-10.4

Current through Register Vol. 55, No. 48, December 18, 2023

(a) For purposes of subsection a of section 14 at P.L. 1965, c. 89 (N.J.S.A. 53:5A-14), a member whose death is attributable to COVID-19, complications therefrom, or the aggravation or acceleration of a preexisting condition caused thereby, shall be deemed to have occurred as the direct result of an accident met in the actual performance of duty at some definite time and place if:

1. The member contracted COVID-19 and the member's death occurs after receiving a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 during the public health emergency in this State declared by the Governor in Executive Order No. 103 (2020);

2. The member died as a result of COVID-19; and

3. The member's regular or assigned duties required the member to interact with the public or directly supervise personnel who interact with the public, and the member so interacted with the public or directly supervised such personnel, on any date during the public health emergency in this State declared by the Governor in Executive Order No. 103 (2020), and as extended, and within 14 calendar days prior to the appearance of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which diagnosis has been confirmed, in writing, by a licensed health care provider on a form approved by the Board and by a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2.

(b) The filing of an accident report with the Public Employees' Retirement System shall not be required for an accidental death benefit allowed pursuant to this subchapter.

(c) If a member dies during the public health emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order No. 103 (2020) and the benefit has been approved pursuant to a provision other than this subchapter or section 14 at P.L. 1965, c. 89 (N.J.S.A. 53:5A-14) prior to the effective date of this act (March 9, 2020), P.L. 2020, c. 54, a beneficiary may apply for a benefit pursuant to this subchapter and, if approved, the benefit approved pursuant to this subchapter shall be made retroactive to the initial retirement date.

(d) This subchapter shall not apply to any member who has retired and subsequently returned to employment pursuant to Executive Order No. 115 (2020) or any other Executive Order similarly permitting a retired member to return to employment without reenrollment to assist during the public health emergency and state of emergency.

Adopted by 55 N.J.R. 749(a), effective 4/17/2023

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