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December 20, 2010

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

Dear Mayor:

Governor Christie has conditionally veto S-2220, which would limit unused sick leave and vacation leave carry-forward for school and local employees. (See Dear Mayor letter dated October 26, 2010). 

In the conditionally 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 conditional veto includes:

  • Prohibits supplemental compensation for sick days that accumulate after the effective date of the act
  • Requires 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. 
  • All employees will be prohibited in using six or more consecutive days of accumulated sick leave without a written medical note
  • Requires 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 forfeits any supplemental compensation if the employee is convicted.

A complete copy of the conditional veto is available at

The bill is now returned to the State Senate for its consideration.  If you need additional information on S-2220 please contact Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 x112 or

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.

Executive Director




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