[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon by Ord. No. 1-1985; amended in its entirety 12-4-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-08. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be referred to by its short title, which is "The Salary Policy and Benefits Ordinance."
(For members of PBA 386 and CWA 1040, see § 72-5.)
Full-time employees shall be entitled to the following benefits:
Full family coverage under the State Health Benefits Program at the tier provided under the CWA contract and the associated Prescription Plan. The employee has the option to keep the base plan or to choose a higher or lower tier plan, but must pay the additional premium or receive credit, as the case may be. The employee is responsible for a share of monthly premium and all deductibles and copays as described in the then currently applicable CWA contract.
Employees who meet the requirement for opting out of this coverage who elect to opt out of this coverage shall be entitled to the maximum opt-out payment permitted by New Jersey law.
Workers compensation and nonwork disability benefits equal to the benefits provided in the then currently applicable CWA contract, including all associated requirements (i.e., use of sick days or other leave) and employee costs.
One week paid vacation after one year of service; two weeks paid vacation after two years of service; three weeks paid vacation after five years of service; and four weeks paid vacation after 10 years of service. Vacation leave shall accrue effective January 1. An employee shall have the option of carrying over up to 10 vacation days into the following year, but no further. An employee, who is a CWA member, shall also have the option of receiving pay, in lieu of vacation, in accordance with the then applicable CWA contract. Employees who are not members of CWA, shall be entitled to receive pay in lieu of vacation to a maximum of one week.
A maximum of 10 days paid sick leave each year with the right to carry over up to 30 additional days of unused sick leave from prior years of service. Employees must submit a doctor's certification for three consecutive days of sick leave. Unused sick days have no cash value.
Four personal days. Personal days have no cash value and cannot be carried forward.
Bereavement days. Each employee shall be allowed time off, from the date of death until the day of burial (seven days maximum), in the event of the death of that employee's spouse or domestic partner, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law. For an uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or cousin of the first degree: the day of burial only.
Paid holidays as per the then currently applicable CWA contract. Presently, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day (or any holiday created by renaming Columbus Day), Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Presidents Birthday and the day after Thanksgiving. Per the CWA contract, if Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, they will not be a paid holiday.
The hourly employees other than police officers shall be paid 1 1/2 times their hourly wage for any hours worked beyond eight hours in any single workday, or they may take compensatory time at a rate of 1 1/2 times the hours worked, at the rate applicable at the time it is accrued.
The nonexempt salaried employees other than police officers shall be entitled to compensatory time off at the rate of 1 1/2 times for each qualifying time or shall be paid 1 1/2 times at the rate applicable at the time it is accrued, for any hours worked beyond 40 hours during a seven-day week. All accumulated compensatory time must be utilized before March 31 of the year following the year the compensatory time is accrued.
With the exception of the Township Attorney and the Township Engineer, all officers and employees shall be paid an amount of money for travel in their own vehicles in connection with their official Township duties. Such amount shall be set at the rate set by the IRS. No travel reimbursement will be paid for travel within Hunterdon County or to or from an employee's residence to a destination within Hunterdon County.
PBA Local 386. Members of the PBA Local 386 shall be entitled to such benefits that are set forth in the contract between the Township of Lebanon and PBA. Benefits in that contract shall apply to all members of the PBA Local 386.
CWA Local 1040. Members of the CWA Local 1040 shall be entitled to such benefits that are set forth in the contract between the Township of Lebanon and the CWA. Benefits in that contract shall apply to all members of the CWA Local 1040.
All part-time employees shall be entitled to the following benefits:
A paid holiday whenever a regularly scheduled workday coincides with one of the days set forth in § 72-2G.
As used in this subsection, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PART-TIME EMPLOYEE
- A permanent employee that typically works less than 30 hours per week.
- SEASONAL EMPLOYEE
- An employee that is employed for 120 calendar days or less during the calendar year.
- SICK LEAVE
- Paid leave that may be granted to an employee for any of the reasons set forth in N.J.S.A. 34:11D-1:
-  Time needed for diagnosis, care or treatment of, or recovery from an employee's mental or physical illness, injury or other adverse health condition, or for preventive medical care for the employee;
-  Time needed for the employee to aid or care for a family member of the employee during diagnosis, care, or treatment of, or recovery from, the family member's mental or physical illness, injury or other adverse health condition, or during preventive medical care for the family member;
-  Absence necessary due to circumstances resulting from the employee, or a family member of the employee, being a victim of domestic or sexual violence, if the leave is to allow the employee to obtain for the employee or the family member medical attention needed to recover from physical or psychological injury or disability caused by domestic or sexual violence; services from a designated domestic violence agency or other victim services organization; psychological or other counseling; relocation; or legal services, including obtaining a restraining order or preparing for, or participating in, any civil or criminal legal proceeding related to the domestic or sexual violence;
-  Time during which the employee is not able to work because of a closure of the employee's workplace, or the school or place of care of a child of the employee, by order of a public official due to an epidemic or other public health emergency, or because of the issuance by a public health authority of a determination that the presence in the community of the employee, or a member of the employee's family in need of care by the employee, would jeopardize the health of others; or
-  Time needed by the employee in connection with a child of the employee to attend a school-related conference, meeting, function or other event requested or required by a school administrator, teacher, or other professional staff member responsible for the child's education, or to attend a meeting regarding care provided to the child in connection with the child's health conditions or disability.
All other definitions set forth in N.J.S.A. 34:11D-1 are incorporated herein by reference.
Part-time employees shall receive one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Part-time employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement are eligible for sick leave as set forth herein and to the extent required by N.J.S.A. 34:11D-1, et seq. Seasonal employees (i.e., those hired for less than 120 consecutive calendar days in one calendar year) are not eligible for sick leave.
Existing part-time employees shall begin accruing sick leave time on October 28, 2018, and shall be able to use earned sick time as soon as it is accrued in at least half-day increments. New part-time employees shall be eligible to use earned sick leave beginning on the 120th calendar day after the employee commences employment.
Part-time employees shall be permitted to carry forward sick leave hours from one benefit year to the next. However, each part-time employee shall not be permitted to accrue, use in one benefit year, or carry forward from one benefit year to the next, more than 40 hours of earned sick leave.
Part-time employees shall not be entitled to compensation for unused sick time upon retirement. An employee, whether part-time or full-time, who has been terminated or discharged shall not be entitled to payment for unused sick leave. Should an employee voluntarily sever their employment with the Township, or should they be terminated, they shall not receive monetary compensation for any unused sick time that they have accrued.
The compensation, benefits and reimbursement provisions hereof shall be effective on and after January 1, 1995.