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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.

Can a Funeral Home Employee Act as a Witness or Notary on a Funeral Agent Form?

We have a consumer who is making prearrangements and would like to appoint a funeral agent, using the form supplied by the New Jersey Cemetery Board. Is an employee allowed to witness and/or notarize that document? Can an employee be appointed...
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Cemetery Reimbursement for WFNJ Funerals

A cemetery handling the burial of a decedent who qualified for a Work First New Jersey funeral is insisting that our funeral home pay for the burial and then the cemetery will pay us back once the reimbursement is received. Is this the way...
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When Are Disinterment Permits Needed?

A family is seeking to move a body from one grave to another within the same cemetery. Do they need a disinterment permit?

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Personal Needs Accounts and Medicaid Funerals

A decedent in our care was on Medicaid and appears to be eligible for a Work First New Jersey funeral. However, he was in a nursing home and had a small amount of money in a personal needs account. Can our funeral home receive those funds? Does...
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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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