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Michael Colacci Discusses COVID-19 First Responder Protections, New Mandates with Local Law Enforcement

On Wednesday, October 2nd, Levinson Axelrod Attorney Michael N. Colacci visited the Elmwood Park Police Department in Elmwood Park, New Jersey to deliver a presentation on new legislation that protects first responders seeking workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19, as well as new mandates applicable to law enforcement.

Mike covered several topics during his presentation to the Elmwood PD, and educated officers about AG Directive 2019-06, a recently enacted directive for disclosing exculpatory and impeachment evidence consistent with Brady-Giglio policies, which helps ensure a fair trial for criminal defendants.

Amid these times of tension, Michael has drawn from his background representing public entities and individuals in New Jersey Torts Claims Act cases to help local law enforcement comply with new obligations as they continue to support and protect the communities which depend on their invaluable service. In July, he delivered a presentation on Brady / Giglio disclosures to officers from the Morris County Police Department.

Michael also spoke to officers about New Jersey’s essential worker COVID-19 presumption bill, which greatly benefits first responders who brave great risks by serving the public during a pandemic. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last month, and is retroactive to March 9, 2020.

Under the new law, which attorneys at Levinson Axelrod actively supported, essential workers seeking workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19 now benefit from a legal presumption that their contraction of the coronavirus is work related.

The presumption provides police, firefighters, and other public safety workers and first responders with an easier path to benefits after they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Attorney Michael Colacci and our team at Levinson Axelrod are committed to our local communities, and are available to discuss matters of workplace exposure, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. Call or contact us online to speak with a lawyer.

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