P.L. 2017, c. 272 required that the Civil Service Commission develop a uniform domestic violence policy, which all public employers regardless if they fall under Civil Service, must adopt and distribute to their employees. On Tuesday, the Civil Service Commission announced the new Domestic Violence Policy. The policy is for all public employers and covers all employees including seasonal, interns, volunteers and temporary employees at any workplace. The law does permit a public employer to modify the uniform domestic violence policy to fit their unique circumstances but modifications may not conflict with the requirements of the law. For more on the new policy please see our October 17 blog post.
The League has contacted the Civil Service Commission for clarity on the new policy. While we support efforts to help domestic violence victims we question whether the policy went through the normal procedure for writing state regulations, which include publication in the New Jersey Register and consideration of public comments before adoption. We also question how much consideration was given to how municipalities–especially small ones that probably don’t have a dedicated HR professional on staff–would be able to afford to implement the policy.
It is anticipated that the Division of Local Government Services will be issuing a Local Finance Notice shortly. We will continue to keep you apprised of our findings, however, we strongly suggest you review the policy and Domestic Violence resources with your administrator and municipal attorney.
Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, ext. 120.