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December 2, 2011

Re:   Conditional Veto of S-2220, Cap on Accumulated Sick Leave

Dear Mayor:

Recently we have received inquiries on the conditional veto of S-2220.  A year ago, on December 9, 2010, Governor Christie conditionally veto S-2220, which would limit unused sick leave and vacation leave carry-forward for school and local employees.  (See Dear Mayor letters of October 26, 2010 and December 20, 2010). 

In the conditional veto, Governor Christie stated that it is a “…common sense proposition: sick leave is to be used when you are sick, not as a supplemental retirement fund paid for by the taxpayers for people who already have taxpayer funded pensions.  While I recognize the sponsors’ efforts to address public employee benefits, this bill does not sufficiently remedy the gaps in current law that require taxpayers to continually fund unreasonable payouts to public employees.”

The Governor’s condition approval of the bill on recommended changes, which would:

  • Prohibit supplemental compensation for sick days that accumulate after the effective date of the act.  Any employee hired after the effective date of the bill will not be permitted to receive compensation for unused sick days;
  • Require that any sick leave and vacation leave accrued prior to the effective date of the act must be used before sick leave or vacation leave accrued after the effective date and establishes disciplinary actions for violating the sick leave provision.  For the 3rd violation of the sick leave provision the employer shall have good cause for termination of the employee; 
  • Prohibit all employees from in using six or more consecutive days of accumulated sick leave without a written medical note; and
  • Require the suspension of payment for accumulated sick or vacation leave for an employee under indictment for a crime that involves or touches their office and forfeiture of any supplemental compensation if the employee is convicted.

A complete copy of the conditional veto is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S2500/2220_V1.PDF

The bill still waits for consideration by the legislature.  If you need additional information on S-2220 please contact Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 x112 or lbuckelew@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

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