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New Jersey: Leased Worker's Tort Action Against Borrowing Employer Barred by Exclusivity

August 27, 2020 (1 min read)

A tort action filed by a worker who had been assigned to a firm that utilized forklifts in its warehouse area cannot proceed since the worker's exclusive remedy was pursuant to the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act, held a state appellate court. The staffing agreement executed by the staffing company and the borrowing employer indicated the latter assumed control of the activities of the leased employees. The worker was injured while riding on the back of the forklift as it was being operated by another worker. Evidence suggested that although this practice violated OSHA standards, it was nevertheless common at the warehouse. The court also agreed the injured worker had not stated a claim for intentional injury under New Jersey's "substantial certainty" rule.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Hocutt v. Minda Supply Co., 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 201 (Aug. 7, 2020)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 100.01.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law

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