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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno


4A:2-6.1 Resignation in good standing
(a) Any permanent employee in the career service may resign in good standing by giving the appointing authority at least 14 days' written or verbal notice, unless the appointing authority consents to a shorter notice.

(b) The resignation shall be considered accepted by the appointing authority upon receipt of the notice of resignation.

(c) A request to rescind the resignation prior to its effective date may be consented to by the appointing authority.

(d) Where it is alleged that a resignation was the result of duress or coercion, an appeal may be made to the Board under N.J.A.C. 4A:2-1.1.

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(a) If an employee resigns without complying with the required notice in N.J.A.C. 4A:2-6.1, he or she shall be held as having resigned not in good standing.

(b) Any employee who is absent from duty for five or more consecutive business days without the approval of his or her superior shall be considered to have abandoned his or her position and shall be recorded as a resignation not in good standing. Approval of the absence shall not be unreasonably denied.

(c) An employee who has not returned to duty for five or more consecutive business days following an approved leave of absence shall be considered to have abandoned his or her position and shall be recorded as a resignation not in good standing. A request for extension of leave shall not be unreasonably denied.

(d) Where an employee is resigned not in good standing under (a), (b), or (c), the employee shall be provided with notice and an opportunity for a departmental hearing under N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2.5, and Final Notice and a right to appeal to the Board under N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2.8. An employee shall be in unpaid status pending the departmental decision. Should an employee seek to return to employment pending the departmental decision, a review under N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2.5(b) shall be conducted prior to continuation of the unpaid status.

(e) Where the resignation is reversed, the employee shall be entitled to remedies under N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2.10.

(f) The appointing authority or the Board may modify the resignation not in good standing to an appropriate penalty or to a resignation in good standing.

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(a) A general resignation is a third category of employee resignation from employment, distinct from a resignation in good standing and a resignation not in good standing.

(b) An employee may be deemed to have received a general resignation from employment for purposes of reaching a settlement in a disciplinary action appealed by an employee to the appointing authority or to the Civil Service Commission in accordance with N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2.  The settlement shall clearly state in writing that the parties have agreed to a general resignation as a resolution to the disciplinary appeal.

(c) An appointing authority may not unilaterally impose a general resignation on an employee.

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