ARTICLE IRetired and Disabled Employees (§ 57-1 — § 57-5)
§ 57-1Applicable statutory provisions.
§ 57-2Continued health benefits.
§ 57-3Benefits provided by city.
§ 57-4Alternative benefits.
§ 57-5Elimination of opt-out incentives.
The provisions of this article and any contracts between the City and the representatives of its employees shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with N.J.S.A. 40A:10-23 and other applicable state law.
The continued health benefits authorized by this article are as follows:
The dependents of the retired or disabled City employee shall receive the same benefits as extended to the retired or disabled employee during the lifetime of the retired or disabled City employee. The benefits provided to said dependents shall cease upon the death of the employee.
Medicare reimbursements will only be made if the eligible retiree presents the City with a copy of the employee's or spouse's Medicare card, as appropriate, within one year of the effective date of the Medicare card.
Continued health benefits shall be provided by the City to:
All employees who have retired on a disability pension.
All nonuniformed employees who have retired after 25 years or more of service credit in a State of New Jersey or locally administered retirement system and a period of service to the City of Camden of not less than 25 years.
All uniformed employees with 25 or more years in the PFRS and 20 years of service with the City of Camden.
Notwithstanding any other provision in Chapter 57, employees (uniformed and nonuniformed) are not entitled to continued health benefits if the employee is separated for cause by the City of Camden for an incident that took place prior to the approval date of his/her retirement or disability pension.
The City may, to the extent consistent with state law, in its contracts with its employees' labor representatives, agree to benefits that differ from those extended herein. Said contracts shall require ratification by the City Council of the City of Camden.
Effective May 24, 2010, the City of Camden will no longer make opt-out incentive payments to any employees, including current employees, retired employees and employees on a disability pension (uniformed or nonuniformed), who waive any health care benefits coverage pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:10-17.1, notwithstanding any other provision in the Camden Code and/or collective bargaining agreement to the contrary.