Governor Murphy today issued Executive Order 115 which permits the State and local governments to rehire retired employees to fill certain needs related directly to the outbreak of the Cornavirus. It is critical that every retired officer understand exactly what this rule says and how potential reemployment could be handled. We expect the Attorney General to issue guidelines soon but we want to share this review today to ensure you are aware of what the Order says and does not say:
This Order does not require a former employer to rehire any officer and it does not mandate that it be put into effect unless staffing is impacted due to the virus.
The reemployment as a law enforcement officer would be under the same conditions as a retirement job as a Class II Special Officer.
The Order expands the number of Class II Special Officers a non-shore community may hire to meet any potential staffing needs due to the impact of the virus
The employment would be only for the duration of the COVID Emergency Order and it is not a full time commitment for any position.
There is no additional PFRS coverage and no access to disability or death benefits should something happen if reemployed under this Order.
Nothing in this Order would permit an officer who retired on a disability, who is over the age of 65, who has been retired for more than 3 years or who otherwise would not be qualified under existing law for employment as a Class II Special Officer from seeking employment.
The State PBA will continue to monitor the impact of Executive Order 115 and any guidance issued by the Attorney General which may touch upon this analysis. Any member who suspects any abuse of this Order or any condition that impacts on the health and safety of a law enforcement officer should notify their Delegate to ensure the State PBA is aware.