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  • NJ A2851
  • Limits use and supplemental compensation for certain leave; limits employment for certain public employees.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(2/16/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill imposes limits on the payment of supplemental compensation for unused accumulated sick leave and the accumulation of vacation leave to any current or future State, local government, or board of education employee. Under this bill, unused sick leave payments will not be permitted upon retirement in an amount in excess of $7,500 for any sick leave time accumulated after the bill's effective date. Supplemental compensation for any time earned prior to that date is payable as under current law. Also, the bill imposes limits on the carry-forward of vacation leave that is not used in a given year by any current or future employee of the State, a local government, or board of education. In addition, the payment for unused accumulated sick leave and vacation leave will be suspended if the officer or employee is indicted for certain crimes that involve or touch the office or employment. The payments will be forfeited if the officer or employee is convicted. The bill also requires the Attorney General to develop guidelines or establish procedures to provide the appropriate governmental agency or public employer with notice of any indictment or conviction of a current or former officer or employee. This bill prohibits the use of six or more consecutive days of accumulated sick leave in the twelve months prior to retirement, without medical necessity verified in writing by a physician, by a current or future public officer or employee. The employer may require the officer or employee to submit to an examination by a physician selected by the employer to verify the medical necessity. There are penalties for violations of this provision. For the first violation, the employer will treat the time taken as unpaid leave and impose a minimum disciplinary penalty of a fine in an amount equal to one and one-half times the daily rate of compensation for each day of violation. For the second violation, in addition to treating the penalties as unpaid leave, the employer will impose a minimum disciplinary penalty of a fine in an amount equal to three times the daily rate of compensation for each day of violation. For the third violation, in addition to treating the time taken as unpaid leave, the employer will have good cause to terminate the employee. The minimum penalties set forth for the first and second violations may be increased at the discretion of the employer, based upon the prior record of the employee. The time converted to unpaid leave will also be deducted from the number of unused accumulated sick leave days credited on the effective date of retirement. Certain provisions of the bill would apply after the expiration of a collective negotiations agreement or individual contract of employment with a relevant provision in effect on the bill's effective date. Finally, this bill provides that a local government agency cannot employ any person in a full-time or part-time position while that person is on paid leave from a full-time or part-time position with a local government agency of another county or municipality. The bill will take effect the third month after enactment.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 2/16/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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