Current through Register Vol. 52, No. 14, July 20, 2020
Section 4A:2-2.7 - Actions involving criminal matters(a) When an appointing authority suspends an employee based on a pending criminal complaint or indictment, the employee must be served with a Preliminary Notice of Disciplinary Action. The notice should include a statement that 2C:51-2 may apply to the employee, and that the employee may choose to consult with an attorney concerning the provisions of that statute. 1. The employee may request a departmental hearing within five days of receipt of the Notice. If no request is made within this time, or such additional time as agreed to by the appointing authority or as provided in a negotiated agreement, the appointing authority may then issue a Final Notice of Disciplinary Action under (a)3 below. A hearing shall be limited to the issue of whether the public interest would best be served by suspending the employee until disposition of the criminal complaint or indictment. The standard for determining that issue shall be whether the employee is unfit for duty or is a hazard to any person if permitted to remain on the job, or that an immediate suspension is necessary to maintain safety, health, order, or effective direction of public services.2. The appointing authority may impose an indefinite suspension to extend beyond six months where an employee is subject to criminal charges as set forth in 4A:2-2.5(a)2, but not beyond the disposition of the criminal complaint or indictment. i. Where an employee who has been indefinitely suspended enters Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or has received a conditional discharge, the criminal complaint or indictment shall not be deemed disposed of until completion of PTI or until dismissal of the charges due to the employee's satisfaction of the conditions in a conditional discharge, as the case may be.ii. An appointing authority may continue an indefinite suspension until completion of PTI or until satisfaction of the conditions imposed in a conditional discharge. If an appointing authority chooses not to continue an indefinite suspension during the PTI period or during the period of conditional discharge, it may restore the employee to employment or initiate disciplinary action against the employee.3. Where the appointing authority determines that an indefinite suspension should be imposed, a Final Notice of Disciplinary Action shall be issued stating that the employee has been indefinitely suspended pending disposition of the criminal complaint or indictment.(b) When a court has entered an order of forfeiture pursuant to 2C:51-2, the appointing authority shall notify the employee in writing of the forfeiture and record the forfeiture in the employee's personnel records. The appointing authority shall also forward a copy of this notification to appropriate Civil Service Commission staff. 1. If the criminal action does not result in an order of forfeiture issued by the court pursuant to 2C:51-2, the appointing authority shall issue a second Preliminary Notice of Disciplinary Action specifying any remaining charges against the employee upon final disposition of the criminal complaint or indictment. The appointing authority shall then proceed under 4A:2-2.5 and 2.6.(c) Where an employee has pled guilty or been convicted of a crime or offense that is cause for forfeiture of employment under 2C:51-2 but the court has not entered an order of forfeiture, the appointing authority may seek forfeiture by applying to the court for an order of forfeiture. The appointing authority shall not hold a departmental hearing regarding the issue of the applicability of 2C:51-2. If the court declines to enter an order of forfeiture in response to the appointing authority's application, the appointing authority may hold a departmental hearing regarding other disciplinary charges, if any, as provided in (b)1 above.
N.J. Admin. Code § 4A:2-2.7Amended by 47 N.J.R. 2966(a), effective December 7, 2015