Author: Ramon E. Rivera

Transition Reports Offer Roadmap for New Murphy Administration

Given the stark differences in policy, the leadership change from Gov. Chris Christies election of Gov. Phil Murphy is certain to result in changes for local governments and state agencies. Since taking office, Gov. Murphy has issued ten executive orders, which tackle issues such as wind energy, equal pay, and

OPMA Suit Seeks Attorney’s Fees Under New Jersey Civil Rights Act

NJ Appeals Court Rules College Violated OPMA in Terminating Teacher

The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently held that Kean University violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) when it terminated a faculty member. In Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell, Bd. Of Trustees of Kean University, the appeals court found that the college violated

NJ Supreme Court Issues Affordable Housing “Gap” Ruling

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. 

Third Circuit: Teacher’s Anti-Student Blog Posts Not Protected by First Amendment

Third Circuit: Teacher’s Anti-Student Blog Posts Not Protected by First Amendment

By a vote of 2-1, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in Munroe v. Central Bucks School District that a Pennsylvania teacher’s anti-student blog posts were not protected under the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. According to the appeals court, the teacher’s speech did not rise to the

California Judge Strikes Down Teacher Tenure Laws As Unconstitutional

California Judge Strikes Down Teacher Tenure Laws As Unconstitutional

  A California superior court judge made headlines earlier this month when he struck down several of the state’s teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional.  Vegara v. California found that the state’s tenure laws deprived students of their right to education as guaranteed by the State constitution and violated their civil

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New Jersey Rescue Squad Immunity Bill Advancing

Legislation that would overrule a recent court ruling regarding the liability of New Jersey municipalities when it comes to their emergency response operations is advancing through both the state Senate and Assembly. As we have previously discussed on this New Jersey Government & Law Blog, the New Jersey Supreme Court

Will New Jersey Municipalities Soon Be Required to Provide User-Friendly Budgets?

The New Jersey Division of Local Services recently released new rules to implement a 2007 law (N.J.S.A. 40A:5-48) that requires municipalities to provide user-friendly budgets to the public. The aim of the law was to provide local elected officials and members of the public with easy-to-understand budget information to help

New Jersey Court Upholds Salary Caps for Superintendents

In New Jersey Association of School Administrators v. Cerf, three New Jersey superintendents challenged the authority of the Department of Education to adopt and implement amended regulations capping superintendents’ salaries. However, the Appellate Division recently rejected these efforts, finding that the salary cap was a valid way to satisfy the