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Forced unpaid leave may be unlawful discipline

By Robert A. Fagella | April 13, 2022

NJ State PBA Legal Corner By Robert A. Fagella, Esq., Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. As implementation of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies increases, requests for medical and religious exemptions and reasonable…

New Jersey Supreme Court clarifies rules of protective sweeps

By Ed Esposito | March 18, 2022

Professional Development  The New Jersey Supreme Court recently had the opportunity to review two cases concerning the protective sweep of a home that occurred when an arrest was made outside…

Moving from “no” to an informed conversation

By Michael Freeman | March 18, 2022

Labor Relations Report “No” is a perfectly acceptable answer in a negotiation. It is also a great start to a conversation when negotiating. How to get from “no” to an…

The more things change, the more they stay the same

By Kevin Lyons | March 18, 2022

Health Benefits Report Having been involved in the PBA for the entirety of my adult life, one of the most dangerous times of a legislative cycle is the lame-duck period.…

Quieting the inner voice of trauma for first responders

By Iris Perlstein | January 21, 2022

Mental Health By Iris Perlstein First responders are often witness to heartbreak and gut-wrenching situations that infiltrate all of their senses. Unfortunately, because many tend to internalize and carry this…

Milestones achieved for the PFRS

By Ray Heck | January 21, 2022

PFRS Report As we entered our January board meeting, one couldn’t help but think of the 36 prior meetings. This month’s meeting started the same way as it did some…

NJ attorney general issues directive on the execution of warrants

By Ed Esposito | January 21, 2022

Professional Development The New Jersey attorney general issued Law Enforcement Directive 2021-12 regarding “no-knock” warrants on Dec. 7, 2021. This new directive went into effect on Dec. 21, 2021, and…

NJ court rules that knock-and-announce rule violations will require evidence to be suppressed

By Ed Esposito | December 21, 2021

Professional Development The recent Appellate Division ruling in State v. Caronna states that when police flagrantly violate a knock-and-announce requirement in a search warrant, the enhanced protections provided under our…

Progress in a challenging year

By Ray Heck | December 21, 2021

PFRS Report As we get to the close of another year, it’s always best to reflect on the good and the bad that we experienced throughout the year. This allows…

Retirement plan increases for 2022

By Pete Andreyev | December 21, 2021

Pension Benefits As we prepare for the end of the year and the start of the next, I would like to take this time and inform all of you who…