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Board is in full swing for fall

By Ray Heck | September 27, 2022

PFRS Report  As we end the summer, the board continues to move in full swing to address the many issues that revolve around our system. We covered a number of…

What is the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan?

By Pete Andreyev | September 27, 2022

Pension Benefits Report For all of our Tier 2 and Tier 3 members, you are eligible to enroll in the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCRP). The DCRP was established under…

Special master concludes that drug recognition experts are reliable to testify

By Robert A. Fagella | September 27, 2022

NJ State PBA Legal Corner  By Robert A. Fagella, Esq., Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. As a result of the recent passage of the recreational cannabis law known as the New…

The taxpayers of Bergenfield deserve better

By Michael Freeman | August 31, 2022

Labor Relations Report  In September 2020, NJSPBA President Pat Colligan was asked to intervene in Bergenfield’s contract negotiations to get it “back on track and resolve this long dispute.” Surprisingly,…

What you need to know about the proposed SHBP increases

By Kevin Lyons | August 31, 2022

Health Benefits Report  Well, we knew that there would be a post-COVID bump in the rates this year, but no one saw 24 percent coming. The Division released the mid-year…

Court rules on consent to search objects belonging to a third party

By Ed Esposito | August 31, 2022

Professional Development  A recent New Jersey Appellate Court decision clarified that an adult defendant’s aunt and mother did not have authority to consent to a search of closed containers belonging…

A Day at the Breach

By Mitchell Krugel | July 29, 2022

NJSPBA holds training session for members to learn how to use forcible entry techniques By Mitchell Krugel The way officers formed two lines in the parking lot behind the NJ…

Reviewing violations of Employer-Employee Relations Act in Newark

By Michael Freeman | July 29, 2022

Labor Relations Report  The Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) held that the City of Newark violated subsections 5.4a(5) and (1) of the New Jersey Employer–Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et…

The bona fide separation of service for PFRS members

By Pete Andreyev | July 29, 2022

Pensions Benefit Report  In the past few months, I have written articles about the separation of service requirement for PFRS members. Lately, there seems to be some confusion as to…

How do we bring back COLA?

By Bruce Polkowitz | June 28, 2022

Local 600 Report  This report specifically discusses COLA in light of finding out about S2582, a bill sponsored by Senator Joe Cryan to address COLA for those whose benefits are…