17:30C-26. Priority of claims for compensation
a. Compensation actually owing to employees other than officers of an insurer, for services rendered within 3 months prior to the commencement of a proceeding against the insurer under this act, but not exceeding $1,000.00 for each such employee, shall be paid prior to the payment of any other debt or claim, and in the discretion of the commissioner, may be paid as soon as practicable after the proceeding has been commenced; except, that at all times the commissioner shall reserve such funds as will, in his opinion, be sufficient for the expenses of administration.
b. Such priority shall be in lieu of any other similar priority which may be authorized by law as to the wages or compensation of such employees.
c. The priorities of distribution in a liquidation proceeding shall be in the following order:
(1) Expenses of administration;
(2) Compensation of employees as provided in subsection (a) of this section;
(3) Claims for taxes and debts due to Federal or any state or local government which are secured by liens perfected prior to the commencement of delinquency proceedings;
(4) Claims by policyholders, beneficiaries and insurers arising from and within the coverage of and not in excess of the applicable limits of insurance policies and insurance contracts issued by the company and liability claims against insurers which claims are within the coverage of and not in excess of the applicable limits of insurance policies and insurance contracts issued by the company and claims presented by the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association and claims presented by any similar organization in another state.
(5) All other claims.
L.1975, c. 113, s. 26, eff. June 3, 1975. Amended by L.1979, c. 470, s. 1, eff. Feb. 27, 1980.
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