NJASA Legal Department Research Services
August 2015 edition now online

The August 2015 Administrative Guide is available online. School administrators have been charged with the duty of ensuring that teachers deliver effective instruction in the classroom. To further this objective, and to ensure that teachers reflect a “professional” appearance, many school districts have enacted staff dress codes. In order to avoid legal challenges, these dress codes must be reasonable, enforced fairly, and be related to fostering an environment that is conducive to discipline and learning. This Administrative Guide is the second part of the discussion and will review the law and cases concerning the negotiability of dress codes, and accommodations for clothing and grooming based upon an employee’s religious practices.

In addition, the School News Briefs reviews three new cases. In one case the Commissioner held that a letter from parents appealing the district’s decision not to admit their child into the district’s gifted and talented program was a student record.  However, there was no evidence that the Board disclosed that letter or its contents to the public.

The August 2015 Impact on Negotiations reviews three cases including one in which PERC restrained arbitration of a grievance contesting the deduction of the full amount of health care contributions required by P.L. 2011, Ch. 78 for recalled employees who were re-employed after July 1, 2012. 

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