TRENTON – Senator Linda R. Greenstein, a lead sponsor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 147 in the 2014-2015 legislative session invalidating the Civil Service Commission’s then-new rule to establish a job banding program, issued the following statement following today’s decision by the Superior Court Appellate Division that validates the Legislature’s authority and reverses the Civil Service Commission’s decision to implement the Rule:
“Civil service was created to safeguard hiring and promotion practices for state workers, making sure that they are fair, competitive, and based on merit.
“Today’s decision is not only a victory for the hard-working men and women of New Jersey, but also sets an important precedent for the Legislature to defend its constitutional authority and act when necessary to ensure that laws and rules are consistent with legislative intent.
“Public employees deserve the vital protections that have been in place and proven successful for many years. I applaud the Court for its decision to invalidate the job banding rule, protecting the competitive process of hiring and promotions, and to uphold the Legislature’s authority.”