News Details - Legislature Extends Authorization on Military Pay
The Legislature extended the County’s authorization regarding pay for County employees called up for military duty. (The vote was 12-3, with Legislators Carol Chock, Will Burbank, and Peter Stein voting no.)
The action authorizes the County, during the 2011 calendar year, to pay the difference between base County salary and military pay for up to 90 work days per calendar year when the employee is called to active military duty. No payment will be made if military pay is equal to or greater than County base salary. The Legislature first authorized such supplemental benefits in 2002, covering those employees called to service following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and passed similar measures in 2004, 2007, and 2009.
Legislator Chock said she could not support the authorization as a matter of conscience, that she cannot support the principle of spending local dollars as a result of federal defense policy over which the County has no control.