Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 115 on April 4, allowing retirees to return to State and local government employment without impacting their retirement pensions and removing restrictions on law enforcement’s ability to temporarily supplement their ranks. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order also enrolls newly hired State employees in the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) immediately upon hire. The SHBP enrollment only applies to new State employees hired in connection with COVID-19 response efforts.
The Governor’s Executive Order makes the following changes to the State’s personnel policies for the duration of the public health emergency:
Retirees: Retirees may return to public employment in any capacity, including full-time, part-time or as SLEOs, provided:
The retiree has retired before the date of the executive order;
The retiree has completed at least a 30-day separation from their employment, dating from the date of retirement or the date of board approval, whichever is later; and
The retiree’s return to employment is necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOs): The 25% SLEO cap is suspended and a municipality may employ the number of SLEOs as are necessary in the judgement of the law enforcement agency to address public health and safety.
New Hires: Any individual hired by a State or local entity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may immediately enroll in SHBP.
A copy of the Executive Order No. 115 can be found here.