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  • NJ A729
  • Requires the adoption of nepotism policies by school districts and charter schools.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/5/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill directs boards of education of school districts and county vocational school districts to adopt and implement a nepotism policy. The adoption of such a policy will be a condition for the receipt of State aid. The nepotism policy adopted by a board of education must include, but need not be limited to, the following: (1) a provision prohibiting any relative of a school board member or chief school administrator, school business administrator, school board attorney, or director of personnel from being employed in any office or position in the district. However, such a person employed by the district on the effective date of the policy or the date a relative becomes a school board member, chief school administrator, school business administrator, school board attorney, or director of personnel will not be prohibited from continuing to be employed or to be promoted, or, in the case of a reduction in force, employed in any position to which the person has a legal entitlement. Also, a district may employ such a relative if the district obtains the approval of the executive county superintendent of schools. The executive county superintendent may only grant the approval upon a demonstration by the district that it conducted a thorough search for candidates and that the proposed candidate is the only qualified and available person for the position; (2) a provision prohibiting a chief school administrator from recommending to the school board any relative of a school board member, chief school administrator, school business administrator, school board attorney, or director of personnel unless the exceptions described above are applicable; (3) a provision prohibiting a district administrator including a director of personnel, or a school board attorney from exercising direct or indirect authority, supervision, or control over a relative. If it is not feasible to eliminate a direct or indirect supervisory relationship, appropriate screens or alternative supervision and reporting mechanisms must be put in place; (4) a provision prohibiting a district administrator including a director of personnel, or a school board attorney, or a board member, who has a relative who is a member of the bargaining unit from discussing or voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreement with that unit or from participating in any way in negotiations, although the administrator including the director of personnel, or the school board attorney may provide technical information necessary to the collective bargaining process when no one else in the district can provide such information; and (5) a provision prohibiting a district administrator including a director of personnel, or a school board attorney, or a board member, who has a relative who is a member of the same Statewide union in another district from participating in any way in negotiations prior to the school board attaining a tentative memorandum of agreement with the bargaining unit that includes a salary guide and total compensation package, although the district administrator including the director of personnel, or a school board attorney may provide technical information necessary to the collective bargaining process when no one else in the district can provide such information. A school district may exclude per diem substitutes and student employees from its nepotism policy. The bill also directs the board of trustees of a charter school to adopt and implement a nepotism policy. The policy adopted by a board of trustees must incorporate the above provisions and will be applicable to members of the board and to charter school administrators. Under regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Education, the board of education of a school district or county vocational school district was required to adopt a nepotism policy by October 1, 2008.
2nd Reading in the Assembly
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 6/5/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/5/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/5/2017 Assembly State and Local Government Hearing (19:00 6/5/2017 )
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/5/2017 Assembly State and Local Government Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0