Federal Judge Rules NJ Township Discriminated Against Mosque Plan

by Michael A. Jimenez on January 17, 2017

Federal Judge Rules NJ Township Discriminated Against Mosque Plan

A federal judge recently ruled that the Bernards Township Planning Board wrongfully denied the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s (ISBR) plan to build a mosque. The court specifically found that the Planning Board discriminatorily applied the township’s parking ordinance by requiring the proposed mosque to have more parking spots than a comparably sized church or […]

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Third Circuit Rules University Immune from Suit as “Arm of the State”

Resolving a split in the federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that state universities are entitled to Sovereign Immunity protections in discrimination law suits.  The decision in Maliandi v. Montclair State University found that Montclair State University (MSU) is entitled to immunity under the Eleventh Amendment […]

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Year in Review: OPRA Recap for 2016

by Laura M. Miller on January 10, 2017

Year in Review: OPRA Recap for 2016

As we begin the New Year, we are looking back at the public law issues that impacted New Jersey municipalities in 2016. Several key legal developments involve the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). In case you missed any of our posts, below is a brief recap. Security Footage from Municipal Surveillance Cameras: In Gilleran […]

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Legislation Authorizing Electronic Public Notices Advances

by Jason T. Mushnick on January 3, 2017

Publishing public notices in local newspapers is both costly and time consuming for New Jersey municipalities.  In response, lawmakers are currently considering the “Electronic Publication of Legal Notices Act.” Under the proposed legislation (S-2855 and A-4429), government agencies would be authorized to publish legal notices on official government notice websites instead of in newspapers in […]

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Federal Judge Halts DOL Overtime Rules

by Ramon E. Rivera on December 30, 2016

Federal Judge Halts DOL Overtime Rules

A federal judge is Texas recently granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules. The overtime rule decision applies nationwide. For now, New Jersey municipalities should continue to use the old salary thresholds for determining when employees must be paid overtime wages.  DOL’s New Overtime Rule As […]

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NJ Supreme Court to Consider Disclosure of Police Dash Cam Videos

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently agreed to add another key case involving the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to its docket. Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office revolves around the disclosure of police video recordings, which has become a high-profile issue in the wake of several controversial police-involved shootings. Facts of the Case […]

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Public Employment Wrap Up for 2016

by Christina M. Abreu on December 23, 2016

Public Employment Wrap Up for 2016

As we approach the New Year, we will be reviewing the major public law issues that impacted public entities in New Jersey. In the area of public employment law, 2016 saw a number of legal developments, including new laws and precedential court decisions. DOL Overtime Law: A federal judge is Texas recently granted a preliminary […]

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DLGS Highlights Newly Enacted NJ Procurement Laws

by Sheri Siegelbaum on December 20, 2016

DLGS Highlights Newly Enacted NJ Procurement Laws

The New Jersey Department of Community Affair’s Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently published a Local Finance Notice regarding several new laws that impact local government and/or school procurement. Covered topics include bidder ownership disclosure, competitive contracting, contracts for asphalt work, claimant certification for utility bills, federal military equipment surplus (1033 program), and cooperative […]

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NJ Law Creates New Class of Officers to Provide School Security

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation into law that establishes a new category of special law enforcement officers. The Class Three special law enforcement (SLEO III) officers will be authorized to provide security in New Jersey’s public and nonpublic schools and county colleges. Previously, boards of education were authorized to hire law enforcement officers and safe […]

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NJ Supreme Court Narrows Keyport Decision

by John G. Geppert, Jr. on December 14, 2016

NJ Supreme Court Narrows Keyport Decision

In IMO Robbinsville Twp BOE v. Washington Twp Educ. Assoc., the Supreme Court of New Jersey significantly narrowed its 2015 decision in IMO Borough of Keyport. In so ruling, the court reversed what it saw as an improper expansion of its ruling to authorize a school board to unilaterally impose unpaid furlough days. Keyport Decision […]

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