Source: NJ.com -
Towns and cities like Hackensack have had to borrow millions for payments for unused sick time, the Record reported.
Some retiring police supervisors in Hackensack cashed in on more than $300,000 as part of benefit packages written into public-employee contracts years ago.
A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande, Nancy Munoz and Donna Simon would end sick-time payouts.
Though 89 percent of towns who responded to a survey taken in 2012 by the New Jersey League of Municipalities said they limited the amount of sick time paid out at retirement, such limits typically don’t apply to to longtime employees who got the benefits when they were hired. Gov. Chris Christie’s 2 percent cap on municipal property tax levy increases still allows towns to bond to pay for sick leave buyouts.
Ken Zisa, the disgraced former Hackensack police chief, was one of 30 city employees who cashed out on thousands in unused sick and vacation time as part of a $4.7 million bond ordinance approved in 2010. Zisa was arrested on insurance fraud charges days after receiving his $94,000 claim.
In May, news that 25 retiring police employees would cost Jersey City around $5 million in payments for unused sick, vacation and comp days prompted four state Republicans argue in favor of statewide reform for sick-leave payouts. A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande, Nancy Munoz and Donna Simon would end sick-time payouts.