Gov. Murphy Signs Equal Pay Executive Order

by Carolyn R. Chaudry on February 18, 2018

Governor Phil Murphy’s first Executive Order aims to bolster equal pay and gender equity at state agencies. Under Executive Order 1 (EO1), state agencies and offices are expressly banned from asking a job applicant for their past wage history or investigating the prior salaries of their applicants, unless required by law. In signing the order, […]

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NJ Appeals Court Clarifies OPRA Personnel Exemption

by Craig A. Long on February 14, 2018

In Libertarians For Transparent Government v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Appellate Division held that the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) does not require a covered entity to provide a detailed disclosure of the reasons for an employee’s resignation.  OPRA Personnel Record Exemption OPRA contains an exemption for personnel records. However, the exemption is also […]

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Schools Districts Reminded to Conduct Vendor Due Diligence

by Carolyn R. Chaudry on February 9, 2018

In the wake of reports that the Edison Board of Education was defrauded out of $75,000, school districts and other municipal agencies are reminded to conduct due diligence in researching all vendors. Once the contract is signed, it is also imperative to periodically review that the vendor is performing the services in accordance with the […]

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NJ Appeals Court Rules NJSPCA Subject to OPRA

by John G. Geppert, Jr. on February 6, 2018

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) must comply with the state’s Open Public Records Act, according to the Appellate Division. The decision in Wronko v. New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals highlights that quasi-public organizations often have obligations under OPRA. Facts of the Case After […]

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With New Jersey poised to legalize recreational cannabis, local municipalities have some tough decisions to make. Many are already crafting regulations to either allow or prohibit cannabis dispensaries and other businesses. Proposed NJ Cannabis Bill Allows Local Ordinances Sen. Nicholas Scutari recently reintroduced legislation that would legalize recreational use of small amounts of marijuana for adults […]

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New Jersey municipalities and counties have new compliance obligations in the New Year. The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently issued Local Finance Notice 2017-27, which addresses a new law requiring local government units to certify compliance with certain federal hiring requirements when submitting approved annual budgets. Pursuant to P.L. 2017, c. 183, which was […]

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Top New Jersey Education Law Developments of 2017

by John G. Geppert, Jr. on January 12, 2018

As we approach the New Year, we are looking back at the public law issues that impacted New Jersey school districts in 2017. The past year brought a number of legal developments involving education law both at the state and federal level. Below is a brief summary: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: The […]

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Top OPRA Legal Developments of 2017

by Laura M. Miller on January 11, 2018

As we reflect on the New Year, we are looking back at the public law issues that impacted New Jersey municipalities in 2017. The past year brought a number of legal developments involving the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Below is a brief summary: Dash Cam Footage: In North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. […]

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Understanding the Limits of “Overly Broad” OPRA Denials

by Laura M. Miller on January 4, 2018

A recent Appellate Division decision provides a useful discussion of how to determine when a request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is “overly broad.” As highlighted in Wronko v. Township of Jackson, et al., not all blanket requests may be denied under OPRA. Facts of the Case Plaintiff Steven Wronko filed an OPRA […]

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017). The legislation reauthorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program. Basics of EPA’s Brownfield Program There are currently more than 450,000 brownfield sites in the United States. The term “brownfield site” refers to real property, […]

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