Author: Angelo Auteri

DLGS Local Finance Notice Regarding New Certification Requirement for Municipal Budgets

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.

Bill Transfers Transfer Management of PFRS to Board of Trustees 

Bill Transfers Transfer Management of PFRS to Board of Trustees 

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees. Under Senate Bill 3040, the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System would be tasked with overseeing the operation of the retirement

Gov. Christie Sign E-Waste Bill

Gov. Christie Sign E-Waste Bill

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation amending the Electronic Waste Management Act into law. The E-waste bill shifts the burden of recycling electronic devices from local governments to device manufacturers. The Electronic Waste Management Act previously mandated that each manufacturer provide for the collection, transportation, and recycling of its “return

NJ Law Creates New Class of Officers to Provide School Security

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

NJ Supreme Court to Consider Disclosure of Police Dash Cam Videos

AG’s New Directive Requires On-Going Police Training

A new directive from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General requires the state’s police officers to complete annual in-service training. The goal of the police training is to promote positive interactions between officers and the communities that they serve.  This summer, Gov. Chris Christie signed Assembly Bill No.

Proposed Bill Removes Police-Related Death Investigations from Local Oversight

Proposed Bill Removes Police-Related Death Investigations from Local Oversight

New Jersey lawmakers recently proposed legislation that would require the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to handle the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving a person’s death by law enforcement officers acting in their official capacity, or while in custody. The bill would also require all trials to be

NJ Appeals Court Disability Retirees Exempted from Health Insurance Premium Contributions

NJ Appeals Court Disability Retirees Exempted from Health Insurance Premium Contributions

In Brick Township PBA Local 230 v. Township of Brick, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court held that that N.J.S.A. 40A:10-21.1, L. 2011, c. 78, § 42 (“Chapter 78”) does not require ordinary or accidental disability retirees to make premium payments for health insurance benefits. In reaching

NJ Supreme Court Upholds COLA Suspension for Public Employees

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently upheld the cost of living adjustments (COLA) freeze implemented by the Christie Administration under a 2011 pension reform law. In reaching its decision in Richard W. Berg v. Hon. Christopher J. Christie, the state’s highest court rejected arguments that the COLA adjustments were just