Gov. Chris Christie's campaign to halt the practice of accruing unused sick days for a big payout later rang a bell with Plaintalker.
For some time now, the state has required municipalities to declare in their annual budget documents how much money is owed to employees for unused sick and vacation days. As reporter before I retired in 2003, I was quite intrigued by this concept. The editors agreed to let me do a story on it, but as was the practice in those days, they wanted me to call every town in the entire readership territory and get comments. I got pretty far into gathering information from the 50 or so municipalities before the project was dropped in favor of something else.
But it still seemed like an issue that needed some light shed on it and in 2008 I finally did a blog post on it. Click here to read it.
If reforms are passed, the current liability would remain, but the practice would not be continued for workers from that point on.
Not all municipalities permit employees to carry over unused sick and vacation days, but the amount currently owed in Plainfield is staggering. A change is due.