State of New Jersey
Executive Order #18

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, the New Jersey State Government is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its employees and to improving methods of administration to promote efficiency and economy in its operations; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey provides sick leave injury benefits to employees for injury or illness directly caused by and arising from State employment; and

WHEREAS, the total annual cost of providing State employee sick leave injury benefits is approximately $30 million which includes costs for lost work days, overtime usage, temporary workers, medical expenses and program administration; and

WHEREAS, the Governor's Management Review Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Personnel, has undertaken a comprehensive operational review of the State employee sick leave injury program; and

WHEREAS, this review has disclosed a need for greater supervisory and managerial accountability, a Statewide information system to monitor sick leave injury usage, loss control efforts and employee health, safety and accident prevention programs; and

WHEREAS, this review has also shown that improvements in the sick leave injury program can result in Statewide significant reductions in sick leave injury usage and costs; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Personnel has instituted a pilot program to review the current Statewide sick leave injury program to develop methods for reducing costs and expediting benefits where appropriate.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby Order and Direct:

1. The Commissioner of Personnel shall establish a new pilot program which shall incorporate all of the areas under review in the current sick leave injury pilot program and shall also include:

a. a review of the State employee workers' compensation and temporary disability insurance programs and appropriate consolidation in these areas; and

b. a structural and operational analysis to determine the administrative functions of the State sick leave injury program and the appropriate agency to which responsibility for the program should be assigned.

2. The Commissioner of Personnel shall establish a Task Force, which he or a designee shall chair, to be comprised of the State Treasurer or a designee, the Commissioners of Transportation, Labor, Human Services and Corrections, or their designees, and other individuals deemed appropriate by the Commissioner of Personnel. The Task Force shall review and evaluate the current sick leave injury program and make recommendations regarding its future to the Commissioner of Personnel.

3. After reviewing Task Force recommendations, the Commissioner of Personnel shall prepare and implement:

a. a Statewide policy for a comprehensive disability management program focusing on insuring the general health and safety of the State's work force;

b. a data base for employee sick leave injury and disability leave usage;

c. standard reporting, operating and auditing procedures for employee sick leave injury and disability leaves and workers' compensation;

d. control processes to reduce overtime and productivity losses;

e. health, safety, training and accident prevention programs; and

f. coordination of standard medical review procedures for handling claims and sharing of medical facilities among agencies.

4. The Commissioner of Personnel shall implement this Executive Order and each department, office, division or agency of the State is authorized and directed, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Commissioner of Personnel and to make available to him such information, personnel and assistance as necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order.

5. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this 17th day of October in the
Year of Our Lord, one thousand
nine hundred and ninety, and of the
Independence of the United States,
the two hundred and fifteenth.

/s/ James J. Florio


/s/ Andrew Weber
Chief Counsel to the Governor