August 13, 2013
Re: A-3730, Extending Certain Deadlines in the Interest Arbitration Process
Assemblymen Mainor, O’Scanlon and Singleton have introduced A-3730, which extends certain time limitations in police and fire contract arbitration proceedings. Specifically, A-3730 would provide arbitrators with 90 days to render a decision in an Interest Arbitration case, extend the time period for an aggrieved party to file appeal from 7 days to 14 days, and extend the time period for PERC to render an appeal decision from 30 days to 90 days.
The 2010 Interest Arbitration Reforms marked a dramatic change to the arbitration process. The reforms, which took effect on January 1, 2011, cap arbitration awards on base salaries to no more than 2%, provide for random selections of arbitrators, expedite the determination of awards, require the arbitrator to provide a written report detailing the weight accorded to each of the statutory requirements and expedite the appeal process.
The League supports the changes proposed in A-3730. As municipalities have gone through the streamlined process, we realized that some of the time frames should be extended. The time frames in A-3730 are reasonable and provide enough additional time to give municipalities ample time to comply but do not undermine the 2010 reforms.
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Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.