|title 78 nj||1.34||0.6||2974||53|
Chapter 78, the 2011 health benefits reform law for New Jersey‚Äôs public sector, brought some welcome relief to boards of education. For years, boards had struggled to contain the escalating cost of providing employee health coverage.What does Chapter 78 mean for public school employees?
The law requiring public school employees to pay part of their health insurance premiums sunsets soon. What does this mean for collective bargaining? Chapter 78, the 2011 health benefits reform law for New Jersey‚Äôs public sector, brought some welcome relief to boards of education.Can a Union Board say no to Chapter 78?
Remember, to reduce employee contributions below those required under Chapter 78 requires the approval of the board. The board can say no. In considering the inevitable proposal from the union to reduce employee health insurance contributions, the board should think long and hard.When do employee contributions become negotiable under Chapter 78?
A reduction in employee health care contributions is not negotiable until the next contract executed after Chapter 78 is fully implemented; and Once, employee contributions become negotiable, boards need to carefully consider the long term implications of moving away from the cost structure dictated by Chapter 78.