Government and Regulatory Affairs Update

March 25, 2009

On March 25, 2009, the Civil Service Commission announced that it has granted State and local governments the ability to achieve budgetary savings in Fiscal Year 2009 through temporary furloughs of permanent and part-time employees. In order to implement a furlough program, the County or local entity must file an application before the Civil Service Commission. The temporary measure takes effect immediately and will be in place for 60 days. The Civil Service Commission has also proposed an identical rule that, once formal comment has been received, will extend the furlough program through the end of State Fiscal Year 2010.

We urge County and municipal entities seeking to take advantage of the furlough program during Fiscal Year 2009 to move quickly in order to meet the emergency rule 60 day window. Both the emergency and proposed furlough rules set forth the manner in which the furloughs may be implemented and require 15 days notice to the furloughed employees.

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Faders attorneys have knowledge and expertise required to assist public entities in preparing a plan that will comply with the newly approved furlough program, prepare the application to the Civil Service Commission, and prepare comments in support of adoption of the rule through State Fiscal Year 2010. For more information on this program, please contact Keith D. Barrack, Esq. at 201-843-5858 or email him at kbarrack@florioperrucci.com. Additional assistance may be received by contacting Edward F. Brennan at 856-853-5530 or EBrennan@fpsflawfirm.com

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