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New N.J. Law to Help School Bus Contractors Get Paid During COVID-19

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on April 20, 2020
A New Jersey law aims to help school bus contractors negotiate with school districts to pay their employees and cover related expenses during school closures spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo
A New Jersey law aims to help school bus contractors negotiate with school districts to pay their employees and cover related expenses during school closures spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo

TRENTON, N.J. — A new state law aims to help school bus contractors negotiate with school districts to pay their employees and cover related expenses during school closures spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A3904 allows the use of remote instruction by schools to meet minimum 180-day school year requirement under certain circumstances. Of particular interest to school bus contractors is an amendment to the bill, added by the Senate on April 13. It states that if a health-related school closure takes place for more than three days, school districts and other educational entities must still pay for contracted services it would have received had schools been open.

"An educational services commission, county special services school district, and jointure commission shall continue to make payments of benefits, compensation, and emoluments pursuant to the terms of a contract with a contracted service provider or a shared services agreement in effect on the date of the closure as if the services for such benefits, compensation, and emoluments had been provided, and as if the school facilities had remained open," the amendment to A3904 states.

The law goes into effect immediately.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law last week, according to Ocean City Patch.

Related Topics: contractors, COVID-19, legal issues, New Jersey

Nicole Schlosser Executive Editor
Comments ( 4 )
  • Frederico

     | about 2 months ago

    As a school bus driver,I believe that we as drivers and matrons should get paid due to the fact that we didn't choose not to come to work, the state closed schools for this pandemic. I agree, it shouldn't fall into the hero fund,but if the school districts pay us for holiday's, winter,spring and Xmas breaks,they should pay us for this! If its within their budget to pay us for that time off,why not this. Their are companies that do pay their employees during this time,but alot of companies fail to do so even if they're private companies. The unions that represent the drivers aren't doing enough to resolve this issue. Meanwhile, most drivers and matrons that work for these private contractors depend on their paychecks aren't getting it. Yes,i must say that some drivers do this as a part time gig cause they have other jobs,but why are they working these other jobs,its because alot of us have different circumstances that obligates us to do so to supplement the other source of employment they have cause its just not enough with the one salary.

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