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Greenwald, Conaway, Stanley Sponsored Bill Signed Into Law Mandating Seizure First-Aid Information for Employers

Legislation designed to foster safer and more inclusive work environments, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald, was recently signed into law. The bill, A2583, requires the dissemination of seizure first aid procedures to New Jersey employers.

Recognizing the importance of providing adequate support to individuals with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, this groundbreaking law aims to empower employers with the knowledge and tools necessary to respond effectively in the event one of their workers experiences a seizure.

Specifically, the legislation requires the Department of Health to create an information pamphlet or poster for employers to display prominently in the workplace. The bill mandates the distribution of seizure first-aid information to employers, ensuring that workplaces become more prepared and responsive to the needs of employees with epilepsy.

“In the critical moments following a seizure, every second counts. Having seizure first-aid information readily available in workplaces is not just about compliance, it’s a call to action for preparedness,” said Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald (Burlington, Camden). “To people like my daughter Lauren, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young girl, this simple step makes a profound, life changing difference.”

“When employees and employers alike are well-informed, we create safer, more resilient workplaces,” said co-sponsor of the bill, Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr. (Burlington). “Providing people with seizure first-aid information better equips them to respond promptly and effectively, potentially minimizing the impact of a seizure.”

“By ensuring employees and employers are provided with the knowledge to respond appropriately to an individual experiencing a seizure, we are taking a proactive stance in ensuring the well-being of all individuals,” said Assemblyman Sterley S. Stanley (Middlesex), who also co-sponsored the bill. “Having this information accessible empowers everyone to be a lifeline to those living with epilepsy.”

Supporters of the bill emphasize the positive impact it will have on the lives of individuals with epilepsy, as well as the broader community. By emphasizing education during National Epilepsy Awareness Month, New Jersey is highlighting the importance of seizure first aid information and taking a significant step toward creating workplaces that prioritize the well-being of all employees.

Governor Phil Murphy signed bill the legislation into law on November 20, 2023.

Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald and Paul St. Pierre- an advocate with Paul’s Purple Warriors- speaking to the bills importance.