2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:18A-3.2 - Group legal insurance.

18A:18A-3.2 Group legal insurance.

1. Any school district, hereinafter referred to as an employer, may enter into contracts of group legal insurance with an insurer authorized, pursuant to P.L.1981, c. 160 (C. 17:46C-1 et seq.), to engage in the business of legal insurance in this State or may contract with a duly recognized prepaid legal services plan with respect to the benefits which they are authorized to provide. The contract or contracts shall provide coverage for the employees of the employer and may include their dependents. "Dependents" shall include an employee's spouse and the employee's unmarried children, including stepchildren and legally adopted children, and, at the option of the employer and the carrier, children placed by the Department of Children and Families with a resource family, under the age of 19 who live with the employee in a regular parent-child relationship, and may also include, at the option of the employer and the carrier, other unmarried children of the employee under the age of 23 who are dependent upon the employee for support and maintenance. A spouse or child enlisting or inducted into military service shall not be considered a dependent during the military service.

"Employees" shall not include persons employed on a short-term, seasonal, intermittent or emergency basis, persons compensated on a fee basis, or persons whose compensation from the public employer is limited to reimbursement of necessary expenses actually incurred in the discharge of their duties.

The contract shall include provisions to prevent duplication of benefits and shall condition the eligibility of an employee for coverage upon satisfying a waiting period stated in the contract.

The coverage of an employee, and of his dependents, if any, shall cease upon the discontinuance of his employment or upon cessation of active full-time employment in the classes eligible for coverage, subject to the provision as may be made in a contract by his employer for limited continuance of coverage during disability, part-time employment, leave of absence other than leave for military service or layoff, or for continuance of coverage after retirement.

A contract for group legal insurance entered into pursuant to this act shall not include any legal services attendant to a claim brought by a teaching staff member against a board of education or legal services for the defense of a teaching staff member facing disciplinary action pursuant to subarticle B of article 2 of chapter 6 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes (N.J.S.18A:6-9 et seq.).

L.1986, c.73, s.1; amended 2004, c.130, s.42; 2006, c.47, s.93.

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