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The New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association offers a Manager of the Day program that provides guidance on funeral service and industry-related questions and concerns.

Below are some matters that were brought to the attention of the Manager of the Day team in recent months.

Maintaining OSHA Training Records

I have a stack of Occupational Health and Safety Administration bloodborne pathogen training manuals on a shelf in my office. What is the requirement for retention of these materials?

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Relinquishing Right to Control

The only child of a woman who has died wishes to relinquish his right to control the funeral and appoint his cousin, with whom the mother was very close. The decedent was widowed, but the cousin’s father, the decedent’s brother, is...
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Ordering Additional Death Certificates for a Work First New Jersey Funeral

We had a decedent who qualified for and received a Work First New Jersey funeral. As part of the arrangements, death certificates were ordered and provided to the family. Our funeral home was reimbursed $2,246, the maximum allowed and the family...
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How Long Must Arrangement Records Be Kept?

How long are we required to retain the funeral files for decedents we have served? What records do we need to keep?
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Right to Control and the 72-Hour Rule

The divorced parents of a decedent share right to control, but they cannot agree on disposition. One wants burial; the other wants cremation. If they cannot agree on disposition within 72 hours, does the Right to Control law allow me to move on...
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Tissue and Bone Removal Rules

We received skeletal remains of a decedent, transferred to us from an out-of-state funeral home. The family would like us to remove some of the teeth and bones for a second DNA test to make sure they are the remains of their family member. Can I...
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