PBA Message

Judge rules in favor of PBA to allow convention attendance

April 13, 2022

Labor Relations Report New Jersey statutes N.J.S.A. 40A:14-177 and 11A:6-10 (Civil Service) govern the number of union representatives who are permitted to attend state conventions and receive paid leave. The…

Handcuffing law enforcement with headline-generating reforms leads to increased crime

April 13, 2022

During the past few years, we have repeatedly discussed the ever-increasing pressure on law enforcement. Whether it be politicians looking for an easy headline or media outlets hunting for clicks,…

Convenient heroes?

March 18, 2022

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) recently released 2021 end-of-year preliminary law enforcement officers fatalities report, 458 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty…

Presidents Message: Self-interests? Seriously, judge?

March 18, 2022

In his denial for a stay of the governor’s vaccine mandate executive order, Appellate Judge Clarkson S. Fisher Jr. wrote: “In the final analysis, there are times when individual self-interests…

A snapshot of salary increase issues

January 21, 2022

Labor Relations Report P.L. 2010, c.105 amended the interest arbitration law that limited salary increases awarded through arbitration to 2 percent above the previous year. Until the “hard cap” expired…

Federal Appeals Court ‘clarifies’ qualified immunity standard

January 21, 2022

NJ State PBA Legal Corner By Robert A. Fagella, Esq., Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. In the November issue of NJ Cops Magazine, we reported on two U.S. Supreme Court cases…

President’s Message: This is not news – The press is misinformed

January 21, 2022

This should not come as a shock to any of us in law enforcement: New Jersey newspaper editorial boards continue to promote a false narrative that this state has somehow…

Federal law provides new opportunity for WTC responders

December 21, 2021

NJ State PBA Legal Corner By Robert A. Fagella, Esq., Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. Although 9/11 occurred more than 20 years ago, the memory of that awful day remains fresh…

The importance of Medicare Part A and B in retirement

December 21, 2021

Health Benefits Report One of the few things that is (almost) uniform in our profession is that we are (almost) all enrolled in Medicare. That stands if you are paying…

New year, next challenges

December 21, 2021

When I think about this past year, it is strange to recall just how much the global pandemic continues to impact our work and family lives. Our members, and law…