Assembly passes bill to make non-teaching school staff eligible for binding arbitration

Assembly passes bill to make non-teaching school staff eligible for binding arbitration

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Binding arbitration will be available to settle disciplinary disputes involving non-teaching school district employees under legislation advanced today by the Assembly.

The bill (A3664), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, places the burden of proof on the employer in arbitration cases.

“Arbitration is a proven tool for resolving grievances between teachers and their school district employers,” said Dancer. “Opening the process to non-teaching staff is fair and consistent. School employees don’t have to be teachers to contribute to the educational effectiveness of our schools.”

Non-teaching staff will be able to bring any dispute over disciplinary action to arbitration, including termination or non-renewal, reprimands, and the withholding incremental increases.