New Jersey’s comptroller said his office will increase its scrutiny of sick time usage by public employees to make sure those days are not being used for personal business. Comptroller Matthew Boxer on Thursday praised the state Civil Service Commission for a Jan. 13 ruling clarifying the policy. The ruling came after the comptroller’s office found the sick leave policy of the Woodbridge Fire District appeared to violate Civil Service rules. A provision in the firefighters’ contract stated that sick days could be used for personal business.
The Civil Service Commission found the clause illegal and ordered the fire district to stop the practice.
Boxer called the decision an important precedent and said his office will make sure other municipalities are complying with it. AP