• NJASA Legal Department Research Services - April 2022

    On January 18, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill No. 3488 (S3488) into law to implement changes to the laws governing school district regionalization. S3488 amended existing law and added new statutory provisions. Part One of this Administrative Guide discussed the new grant program for the reimbursement of eligible costs associated with conducting feasibility studies for the formation or expansion of a regional school district. It also discussed the recognition of the majority representative in a newly formed regional school district and the application of the salary guide and terms of conditions of employment in the new school district. This Part Two continues the discussion of the new law on School District Regionalization.

    In addition, the School News Briefs reviews three cases including one in which the Commissioner held that Supervisor’s non-renewal recommendation in an evaluation of a certified staff member does not constitute notice of non-renewal under N.J.S.A. 18A:27-10.  In another case the Appellate Division confirmed an arbitration award dismissing a tenured teacher for releasing the name of a student on social media, for the purpose of having other students harass him in retaliation for teacher’s suspension and transfer.

    The April Impact on Negotiations, reviews three new cases including two cases related to the interactive process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In one case PERC ruled that a grievance challenging a board’s refusal to allow a union representative at an ADA accommodations meeting can proceed to arbitration. In another case, PERC ruled that a grievance challenging a board’s charging of sick leave to employees undergoing the ADA interactive accommodations process can proceed to arbitration. 

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