Appellate Division Holds That Schedule Change Does Not Bar Award of Overtime

The Zazzali Firm recently scored a victory in the Appellate Division which upheld an arbitration opinion awarding a substantial amount of overtime compensation as a result of a schedule change. The court’s unanimous decision in Middletown Township v. Middletown Township Police SOA does not announce any new principles. However, it does reaffirm that municipalities may be required to compensate members for any overtime worked as a result of a new schedule implemented without agreement of the union. Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq. and Kaitlyn E. Dunphy, Esq. represented the SOA in this case. The basic facts were as follows. The local PBA and the Township agreed to implement a modified Pitman sched

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