On May 16, 2009, the Public Employment Relations Commission (“PERC”) issued a decision in response to certain unfair practice charges and requests for interim relief filed against the State of New Jersey regarding the imposition of unpaid, “furlough” days. 

By way of background, on April 14, 2009, the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO (“CWA”)

Yesterday, April 16, 2009, the Appellate Division conducted oral argument on the Emergency Temporary Layoff Rule. Specifically, the Appellate Division heard argument on the four appeals from the Civil Service Commission’s emergency rule authorizing temporary layoffs, also known as mandatory furloughs. The argument was conducted in the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown, New Jersey

Yesterday, April 15, 2009, Governor Corzine issued a press release announcing plans by the State department and agencies to implement one-day furloughs of state employees in May and June as a cost-saving measure.

Plans for implementing two furlough days in the current 2009 Fiscal Year were developed by the departments and submitted to the Governor’s