On Monday, January 7, 2013, the Honorable Vicki Anne Citrino, J.W.C. rendered a reserved decision in the matter of Cruz v. Alonzo, which may affect future workers' compensation cases. A summary of the decision is available at the NJ Department of Labor's Website and is reproduced below:
"Petitioner filed a motion for payment of medical bills while respondent filed a cross motion to dismiss for lack of employment relationship. After reviewing the evidence, the Judge of Compensation found that the petitioner was not an employee of the respondent/homeowner under N.J.S.A. 34:15-36 because he had a permanent full-time job elsewhere, had no expectation of regular or steady employment with respondent, and performed only odd jobs on isolated and irregular occasions as a need arose. The petitioner's claim was dismissed."
You can download the PDF of the full transcript of Judge Citrino's ruling by clicking here or by clicking on the thumbnail image to the left.