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  • NJ S879
  • Prohibits termination of law enforcement officer or firefighter based upon determination that officer or firefighter is physically unable to perform duty under certain circumstances.*
Introduced
(1/12/2016)
In Committee
(12/5/2016)
Crossed Over
(12/19/2016)
Passed
(12/19/2016)
Signed
(2/6/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from being discharged from employment based upon a determination that the officer is physically incapacitated for the performance of his or her duty under certain circumstances. Specifically, under the provisions of this bill a State, county, or municipal law enforcement officer, who has been injured in the performance of his duties, cannot be discharged from employment as a result of a determination, based upon a medical examination by a physician that was designated by the officer's employer, that the officer is physically incapacitated, due to the injuries, for the performance of his usual duty and of any other available duty in the department which his employer is willing to assign him. In addition, pending retirement, the employer of the law enforcement officer is required to maintain health insurance for the law enforcement officer at the same level that coverage was provided prior to the injury. These provisions would apply only when a law enforcement officer has filed an application for retirement with the Police and Firemen's Retirement System, the State Police Retirement System, or the Public Employees' Retirement System, and the officer has sick leave or workmen's compensation time available or the law enforcement agency has the ability to assign the officer to light duty pending retirement. Lastly, the provisions of this bill would apply to both civil service and non-civil service jurisdictions.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.3.  (on 2/6/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/6/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.3.
12/19/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (35-0)
12/19/2016 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
12/19/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (77-0-0)
12/19/2016 A Substituted for A4237 (1R)
12/5/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/5/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 12/5/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
5/26/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
5/26/2016 S Passed by the Senate (37-0)
3/14/2016 S Senate Amendment (28-0) (Greenstein)
3/7/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
3/3/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 3/3/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4237 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 77 0 3
Detail 12/5/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 8 0 1
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Amend 28 0 12
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/3/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 1