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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Recent Legislation

Links to the New Jersey Legislature and other legislative information. If you are looking for new laws prior to 2018, please put in an OPRA request by contacting the NJDPB.

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P.L. 2020, c. 54 (Chapter 54)

This law amends eligibility for accidental disability and accidental death benefits for the PFRS, SPRS, and law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders in the PERS when related to the contraction of COVID-19 during the Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, as extended. Members are eligible for these benefits if they: 1.) contract COVID-19 and test positive for SARS-CoV-2; and 2.) are totally and permanently disabled or die as a result of COVID-19; and 3.) whose duties require interaction with the public or supervision of personnel interacting with the public during the Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, as extended, within 14 days of showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as confirmed in writing by a licensed health care provider and a positive SARS-CoV-2 test.

New onset disease and chronic psychological diseases resulting from prior to exposure to, and recovery from, COVID-19 are excluded from eligibility. Individuals who retired and returned to employment under Executive Order 115 of 2020, or any other similar Executive Order permitting return to employment to help with the public health emergency without reenrolling in a retirement system, are also not eligible for these benefits.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: Retroactive to March 9, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 47 (Chapter 47)

This law extends the provisions of P.L. 2020, c. 3, and P.L. 2020, c. 7, for a period of 90 days following the public health emergency and state of emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020.

P.L. 2020, c. 3, permits health care practitioners to provide telemedicine and telehealth services.

P.L. 2020, c. 7, requires that health benefits carriers in New Jersey, including the SHBP and the SEHBP, shall provide coverage and payment for expenses incurred for 1.) testing of coronavirus 2019 in accordance with P.L. 2017, c.117, and 2.) health care services delivered to a covered person through telemedicine or telehealth in accordance with P.L. 2017, c.117. The coverage shall be provided to the same extent as any other health care services under the health benefits plan, except that there shall be no cost-sharing imposed on this coverage.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 46 (Chapter 46)

This law delays mandatory retirement in the SPRS when it would occur during a period of state of emergency; and extends eligibility for appointment as member of the State Police and enrollment in the SPRS for 160th Class of the New Jersey State Police.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 44 (Chapter 44)

Requires the SEHBP and eligible employers that do not participate in the SEHBP to provide certain plans for public education employees and certain public education retirees.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 30 (Chapter 30)

Requires health insurance plans, including those of the SHBP and the SEHBP, to cover refills for certain prescription drugs during a state of emergency.

Date Approved: May 15, 2020

Effective Date: May 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 407 (Chapter 407)

Renames Department of Environmental Protection conservation officers to conservation police officers.

Date Approved: January 21, 2020

Effective Date: April 1, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 361 (Chapter 361)

This law amends the SHBP’s required coverage for contraceptives and other related services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 15, 2020.

Date Approved: January 16, 2020

Effective Date: April 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 360 (Chapter 360)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for certain preventive services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 15, 2020.

Date Approved: January 16, 2020

Effective Date: April 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 343 (Chapter 343)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for breastfeeding support under any contracts purchased or renewed after July 11, 2020.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: July 11, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 306 (Chapter 306)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for fertility preservation services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 12, 2020.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: April 12, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 305 (Chapter 305)

This law increases the benefit paid to a surviving child or children of SPRS or PFRS members who die as an active death to 50% of final compensation for one child or split equally among 2 or more children.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: January 13, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 287 (Chapter 287)

This law amends the statutory provisions of the Judicial Retirement System (JRS) and permits a member of the JRS to retire and defer receipt of benefits if the member is being appointed County Prosecutor by the Governor. The member must be at least age 65 and must have served at least 25 consecutive years as a judge. The JRS retirement will be effective after the end of service as a County Prosecutor; however, if the member turns 70 while serving as County Prosecutor, the person will be deemed retired.

Date Approved: January 9, 2020

Effective Date: January 9, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 251 (Chapter 251)

Permits service credit transferred from another State-administered retirement system to apply toward creditable service requirement for retirement in State Police Retirement System.

Date Approved: August 23, 2019

Effective Date: October 22, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 219 (Chapter 219)

Renames State and county corrections officers as correctional police officers.

Date Approved: August 9, 2019

Effective Date: December 1, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 184 (Chapter 184)

Allows a TPAF retiree to be employed, without TPAF reenrollment, by a school district as a certificated superintendent or administrator for more than two years when approved by the Commissioner of Education as being in best interests of the school district.

Date Approved: July 19, 2019

Effective Date: July 19, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 157 (Chapter 157)

The Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Operations Act, permits an active or retired member of the PFRS, SPRS, or PERS Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to file for an Accidental Disability Retirement if the member is, or is to become, totally and permanently disabled due to participation in the rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations at the World Trade Center between September 11, 2001, and October 11, 2001, regardless of whether the member was enrolled in the PFRS, SPRS, or PERS at the time of participation or under orders or instruction by an employer to participate.

Date Approved: July 8, 2019

Effective Date: July 8, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 143 (Chapter 143)

Creates sub-accounts for SHBP and SEHBP health care services and prescription drug claims; requires procurement by the State of a third-party administrator.

Date Approved: June 30, 2019

Effective Date: June 30, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 87 (Chapter 87)

Prohibits health benefits coverage for certain non-medically indicated early elective deliveries under Medicaid program, SHBP, and SEHBP.

Date Approved: May 8, 2019

Effective Date: September 1, 2019

P.L. 2018, c. 96 (Chapter 96)

Provides that a PERS or PFRS member who continues to be a volunteer firefighter or emergency services worker after retirement with the employer from whom member retires has bona fide severance for compliance with State and federal law.

Date Approved: August 17, 2018

Effective Date: August 17, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 88 (Chapter 88)

Requires SHBP and SEHBP to establish and contract for Medicare Primary Assignment and Audit Program ensuring that all persons in SHBP and SEHBP eligible for Medicare have Medicare as primary provider.

Date Approved: August 10, 2018

Effective Date: August 10, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 63 (Chapter 63)

This law provides that the State will pay the full cost of SHBP coverage in retirement for SPRS members who retire at mandatory retirement age of 55 with more than 20 but less than 25 years of service.

Date Approved: July 3, 2018

Effective Date: July 3, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 55 (Chapter 55)

This law transfers management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) from the Division of Pensions & Benefits in the Department of the Treasury to the Board of Trustees of the PFRS and vests with the Board all the functions, powers, and duties relating to the investment and reinvestment funds under the control of the Board.

Date Approved: July 3, 2018

Effective Date: July 4, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 32 (Chapter 32)

The “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act” reforms various aspects of the health care delivery system in New Jersey to increase transparency in pricing for health care services, enhance consumer protections, create an arbitration system to resolve certain health care billing disputes, contain rising costs associated with out-of-network health care services, and measure success with regard to these goals.

Date Approved: June 1, 2018

Effective Date: August 30, 2018

P.L. 2017, c. 344 (Chapter 344)

This law changes PERS membership eligibility for certain elected public officials and provides for PERS enrollment.

Date Approved: January 16, 2018

Effective Date: January 16, 2018

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