July 26, 2011
Re: Law Requiring Employees to Live In-State Takes Effect Sept. 1
In May, Gov. Chris Christie signed P.L. 2011, c. 70, S-1730/A-2478, into law. The law requires certain public employees to reside in the state, or move to New Jersey within a year of taking a public position. The measure covers all state, county and municipal employees as well as anyone working for school districts or other political subdivisions such as authorities, agencies and commissions. There are some exceptions for employees working in higher education, and any person may request an exemption from the provisions of this subsection on the basis of critical need or hardship from a five-member committee. This committee has yet to be appointed and at this time there are no specifics on the implementation of the committee.
Current employees living out of state would not have to meet the residency requirement, and would be able to move to a new public position, for example, in another municipality, without being required to move to New Jersey, as long as there is no break in service greater than seven days.
For new employees, the law takes effect September 1. Employees whose first effective day of employment falls on or after September 1 must live in New Jersey or move to the state within a year.
We urge you to discuss the impact of this law with your personnel professionals, labor lawyer and business administrator. We will continue to keep you apprised as information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact League Staff Attorney Matthew Weng at 609-695-3481 ext 137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.