Assembly Approves Bills To Help Laid-Off Police & Firefighters Get New Jobs

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TRENTON – Two bills to help laid-off police and firefighters have received Assembly approval.

One bill (A-207) would allow county sheriffs to hire – without having to go through any Civil Service list of eligible employees- law enforcement officers that have been laid off by other law enforcement agencies for economic reasons.

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The other bill (A-2031) would permit municipal fire departments to hire a laid off firefighter without utilizing a Civil Service list provided, in part, that the termination occurred within 60 months before appointment with the new fire department.

Under current law, a firefighter who was laid off for reasons of the economy may be appointed to a new position with another municipality within 36 months of the termination without utilizing any Civil Service lists.

This bill extends that time period to 60 months to be consistent with the current reemployment policy for laid off police officers.

Both bills were recently approved 76-0 and go to the Senate for further consideration.


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