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Dear Berkeley 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,

SMITH

Karen Stallings, Berkeley Township

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Dear Smith,

    Your OPRA request was received on April 14, 2020. Your request sought
the following:

   

    1. Please include all policies taken for your personnel during this
National Covid-19 pandemic.

    2. Offices that remained open for business, how the employees handled
this workload?

    3. Have any work from home policies been enacted? Rotating shifts?
Split shifts? Reduced hours? Etc.

    4. Please include all employee related policies.

    5. Has the Municipality supplied any safety equipment for employees?

    6. What are the Municipalities policies on reporting possible exposure
to the virus?

    7. If a co-workers has been diagnosed, who is informed and was any
offices quarantined?

    8. What is your policy on employees right to know if they have been
exposed to this virus?

   

    In response to items 1 and 4, attached please find Families First
Coronavirus Response Act Policy and Fact sheet, adopted by the Township in
response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    

    In response to items 6 and 8, please be advised there are no documents
responsive to these requests.

   

    Regarding items 2, 3, 5, and 7, these requests seek information or ask
questions and do not identify specific government records.  As such, these
items of your request are invalid OPRA requests and are 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 answer
questions, conduct research or create new records in response to an OPRA
request. 

 

 

 

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