Parsippany-Troy Hills Township has reached an agreement with its former construction official, Edward J. Corcoran, to pay $54,063 to settle a workers’ compensation dispute that surrounded sick days that were docked from his sick pay accrual bank.
“Authorities have reached a settlement agreement and release with Edward J. Corcoran, retired construction official,” Councilman Paul Carifi Jr. said at the November 12 township council meeting.
“He received workman’s compensation, and at times he was unable to return to work. From February 27 to May 31, sick-day payments were docked from his sick day accrual bank. He disputes the docking from his sick day bank. While not admitting any liability or fault, the township and Corcoran have engaged in a settlement.”
Corcoran had been employed as the township’s construction official since July 21, 1994, according to the November 13 settlement agreement.. He was injured in a work-related incident and unable to return to work on January 23, and began receiving workers’ compensation temporary disability payments, the settlement said.
On January 29, Corcoran was evaluated at Concentra Urgent Care, and on February 1, Concentra determined he reached maximum medical improvement — meaning treatment would no longer improve his medical condition, and benefits would be terminated.
On February 26, Corcoran’s workers’ compensation was discontinued, and the township retroactively docked sick day payments from his employee sick day accrual bank for 68 days through May 31.
Corcoran officially retired on June 1.
“Mr. Corcoran disputes the discontinuance of his workers’ compensation payment and the docking of sixty-eight sick days from his employee sick day accrual bank,” the settlement agreement reads. “The township and Mr. Corcoran have engaged in settlement discussions that would result in a settlement resolving the crediting of his employee sick day accrual bank and any amounts due and owing to Mr. Corcoran.”
As part of the agreement Corcoran would receive $54,063.49 to satisfy his outstanding workers’ compensation, sick time, compensatory time, personal leave and vacation time. According to the settlement he will receive the payment within 30 days.