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March 25, 2009

Re:      Furloughs Permitted by Civil Service Commission Emergency Rules

Dear Mayor:

In response to a request from the League, local governments, the State Treasurer and Governor Corzine, the State’s Civil Service Commission to adopted emergency rules permitting temporary furloughs in this and in next State Fiscal Years.
In its statement to the Press and Public, the Commission said, “New Jersey Civil Service Commission today adopted an emergency rule that gives the State and local governments the ability to achieve budgetary savings through personnel measures short of permanent layoffs of public employees.

“The emergency rule permits State and local appointing authorities to implement temporary layoffs, also known as mandatory furloughs, for economy, efficiency or related reasons and allows a temporary layoff to be for one or more days during a defined time period.

The Commission’s action came in response to requests from local Civil Service jurisdictions and the State Treasurer for greater flexibility to achieve budget savings through personnel management.”

To see the entire Press Release, visit The rules will be effective as soon as a copy is filed with the Secretary of State.

See the Governor’s Press Release at

We thank the Governor for his support on this effort. For more information contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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