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The State of the Country’s Public Pension Systems

Posted in Retiree Benefits
Linked below is a very interesting and powerful article published in Bloomberg Personal Finance that discusses the perils of various public employee pension systems across the United States.  Every Public Employee in the State of New Jersey should take a few minutes to review this article to educate themselves regarding "the state" of Public Employee Pension Systems across America.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Senate Republicans Push Christie Pension Reform and Civil Service Reform

Posted in Retiree Benefits
As reported on New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean’s website, Senator Kean appears to be pushing the Christie agenda of Civil Service reform and Public Employee Pension reform.   In a press release dated July 26, 2013, Kean stated: “I’m glad that Senate Democrats have finally decided to show up to work in Trenton this summer,”… Continue Reading

PR&A Wins Notable Public Pension Appeal

Posted in Retiree Benefits
On July 30, 2010, the Appellate Division decided James Henderson v. Board of Trustees, Public Employees’ Retirement System, Docket No.: A-6176-08T2. In the case, James Henderson appealed the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (“Board”) denial of his application for accidental disability benefits. Frank M. Crivelli, Esq. and Donald C. Barbati, Esq. of… Continue Reading

New Jersey Pension Reform Introduced

Posted in Retiree Benefits
As reported in the Trentonian on February 9, 2010, legislation requiring public workers to assume a portion of their health benefits costs and providing relief to the State pension system has been introduced. The package of bills introduced follows vows by Democratic leaders in the State Senate to revisit pension reform recommendations made four years… Continue Reading

New IRS Regulations Extended Again

Posted in Retiree Benefits
  After much concern regarding the new Treasury Regulations promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and their potential impact on members of government pensions plans, the IRS and the Department of Treasury extended the date by which a government plan must comply with final regulations on distributions from a pension plan upon attainment of… Continue Reading

U.S. State Pensions Face Overhaul in Bad Economy

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  Recently, Karen Pierog and Jim Christie published an article addressing state pension overhauls during these tough economic times. Specifically, the article examines how Illinois, California, and other states have instituted reforms to combat increasing and debilitating unfunded pension liabilities.  According to the article, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators found a nearly $443 billion… Continue Reading

Retired Cops Oppose Change in Terms of Benefits

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  An association of retired cops has warned Hamilton Township to not tamper with their retirement package. The association alleges it would be illegal to change the terms of their benefits “in the middle of the stream.” The Mercer County Local 12 of the Retired Police and Firemen’s Association sent the warning to the Hamilton… Continue Reading

The Intricacies of Collecting Retirement Benefits While Continuing To Work In Law Enforcement

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Most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard argument and deceided the case of Hemsey v. Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, A-15 September 2008 Term, on Certification from the Appellate Division, 393 NJ Super 254 (App. Div. 2007). Hemsey was hired as a police officer by the City of Trenton in 1973.  In 1998, he… Continue Reading

New PFRS Eligibility Requirements

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In a letter dated December 15, 2008, Wendy Jamison, Secretary for the Police and Firemen’s  Retirement System (PFRS),  explained that PFRS has recently adopted amendments to the New Jersey Administrative Code that addresses training requirements for Police Officers and Firefighters and the potential affect of the same to pension eligibility for some members of PFRS. In her… Continue Reading

The Difference Between Accidental and Ordinary Disability Benefits Under PERS, TPAF, SPRS, and JRS

Posted in Retiree Benefits
  Following up on our previous entry, this article will help our readers understand the criteria that must be met in order for a public employee to qualify for an ordinary or accidental disability pension within one of the following State pension systems, the Public Employees Retirement System, the Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund, the… Continue Reading

Overview of PERS, TPAF, SPRS & JRS

Posted in Retiree Benefits
  Recently, it has come to our attention that many individuals aside from Public Safety Officers utilize this website as a reference guide for the various pension systems available to individuals employed by municipalities, counties, and the New Jersey state government. As such, this entry will focus upon a few of these pension systems and help… Continue Reading

STATE’S AUTHORITY TO REVOKE A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER’S PERMIT TO CARRY A HANDGUN IS NOT PREEMPTED BY FEDERAL LAW

Posted in Retiree Benefits
In the case of In re Carry Permit of Andros, A-4077-06T4, the Appellate Division held that the State of New Jersey’s authority to revoke a retired police officer’s permit to carry a handgun is not preempted by federal law. James Andros was an Atlantic City police officer from 1968 to 2003. Prior to his retirement in… Continue Reading

Amendment to Retiree Health Care Benefit Package Upheld

Posted in Retiree Benefits
  In Communication Workers of America v. State of New Jersey, the appellants challenged an amendment made by the State Health Benefits Commission to the retiree prescription drug card pilot plan. In support, appellants argued that the rule is invalid and unenforceable because it reduces post-retirement health care benefits.  The Appellate Division affirmed the amendment… Continue Reading

Extension of Effective Date for New IRS Regulations

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 After much concern regarding the new Treasury Regulations promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and their potential impact on members of government pension plans, the IRS and the Treasury intend to extend the date by which a governmental plan must comply with final regulations on distributions from a pension plan upon attainment of normal… Continue Reading

New IRS Regulations and Impact on PFRS Retirement System

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              Recently, there has been much concern over new Department of Treasury regulations promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and their effect upon State legislated pension systems for public employees. This entry summarizes the new regulations and their potential impact on the members of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (“PFRS”). After conducting research and… Continue Reading

The Public Employee Pension and Benefits Reform Act of 2008 and Its Affect on New Jersey Public Employees

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Most recently New Jersey GovernorJon S. Corzine signed the Public Employee Pension and Benefits Reform Act of 2008. While this bill does not affect the members of the Police and Firemen’s retirement System (PFRS), it does affect members of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and the Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF). Certain Public Safety Officers… Continue Reading

Retirees Not Entitled to Collective Bargaining Unit Representation Under The New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et.seq

Posted in Contract Interpretation, Retiree Benefits
In the case of Grasso v. Fraternal Order of Police, Glassboro Lodge No. 108, 33-2-1617, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, held that under the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et.seq, the Defendants owed no duty to the Plaintiff to represent him in a dispute with the Borough of Glassboro due to his… Continue Reading
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