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Dear Manchester Township,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested: Please include all policies taken for your personnel during this National Covid-19 pandemic. Offices that remained open for business, how the employees handled this workload? Have any work from home policies been enacted? Rotating shifts? Split shifts? Reduced hours? Etc. Please include all employee related policies. Has the Municipality supplied any safety equipment for employees? What are the Municipalities policies on reporting possible exposure to the virus? If a co-workers has been diagnosed, who is informed and was any offices quarantined? What is your policy on employees right to know if they have been exposed to this virus?

Yours faithfully,

BRITTNEY

Beth Gencarelli, Manchester Township

Good Morning Brittney,

 

The Township of Manchester received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request on Tuesday April 14, 2020.  The official Records Custodian, Sabina
T. Martin, received your OPRA request on the same date.  As such, the
seven (7) business day deadline to respond to your request is April 23,
2020.  This response to your request is being provided on the 3^rd
business day as the custodian’s receipt of said request.

 

Your OPRA request sought access to the following:

 

Records requested: Please include all policies taken for your personnel
during this National Covid-19 pandemic. Offices that remained open for
business, how the employees handled this workload? Have any work from home
policies been enacted? Rotating shifts? Split shifts? Reduced hours? Etc.
Please include all employee related policies. Has the Municipality
supplied any safety equipment for employees? What are the Municipalities
policies on reporting possible exposure to the virus? If a co-workers has
been diagnosed, who is informed and was any offices quarantined? What is
your policy on employees right to know if they have been exposed to this
virus?

 

 

OPRA – N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, is a request for copies of a specific government
record.

 

This request seeks information or asks questions and does not identify a
specific government record.  As such, your request is an invalid OPRA
request and is denied.  When a request is “complex” because it fails to
specifically identify the documents sought, then that request is not
“encompassed” by OPRA. See New Jersey Builders Association v. New Jersey
Council on Affordable Housing, 390 N.J.Super. 166, 180 (App. Div. 2007). 
A proper request under OPRA must identify with reasonable clarity those
documents that are desired, and a party cannot satisfy this requirement by
simply requesting all of an agency's documents.  See Bent v. Stafford
Police Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30, 37 (App. Div.  2005). Custodians are
not required to conduct research or create new records in response to an
OPRA request. 

 

If your request for access to a government record has been denied or
unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a
right to challenge the decision by the Township of Manchester to deny
access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the
Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government
Records Council (GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. 
You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at
P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at [1][email address], or
at their web site at [2]www.state.nj.us/grc. The GRC can also answer other
questions about the law.  All questions regarding complaints filed in
Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

 

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Beth-Ellen Gencarelli

Manchester Township

Municipal Clerk's Office

732-657-8121  X3200

732-657-2071  (fax)

 

 

 

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