Bill S5615A-2011

Authorizes the deferral of vacation days for certain members of the retirement system

Authorizes the deferral of up to five vacation days per year for state correction officers and security hospital treatment assistants and the receipt of a lump sum payment equal to the value of the time deferred upon retirement.

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  • Feb 28, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 5615A
  • Feb 28, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Jun 7, 2011: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5615A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to the deferral of vacation days for certain members of the retirement system

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide an incentive for correction officers of the New York State Department of Corrections to remain on active duty.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would authorize the deferral of vacation days for members of the corrections department. This bill would allow for the deferral of up to 5 vacations days a year, payable when that person separates service.

JUSTIFICATION: Retaining veteran correction officers within the ranks of the State Department of Corrections is a paramount concern to the State and the constituencies of the state of New York. The Department of Corrections continues to face an unprecedented wave of retirements. A large number of correction officers are quickly approaching 20 years of active service malting them eligible for retirement. Thus, the department is confronted with a significant loss of its most experienced officers. As a result of recent budget cuts the size of the Department of Corrections force has been drastically reduced.

One way to allow veteran correction officers to continue working is to grant them the option of deferring vacation and,taking a cash payment when they separate service. The leave and vacation payments would be paid at the rate applicable upon retirement or separation. The bill will provide an incentive to officers to remain on the job and provide additional months of public protection at no additional cost.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.5633-A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5615--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 7, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions -- recommitted to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to the deferral of vacation days for certain members of the retirement system THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 89 of the retirement and social security law is amended by adding a new subdivision l to read as follows: L. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW, CODE, RESOLUTION OR CHARTER TO THE CONTRARY, UNIFORMED PERSONS, UNIFORMED PERSONNEL, OR SECURITY HOSPITAL TREATMENT ASSISTANTS AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION I OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE AFFORDED THE OPTION OF POSTPONING THE USE OF UP TO FIVE VACATION DAYS PER YEAR AND TAKING A MONETARY PAYMENT IN LIEU THEREOF ON THE DATE OF RETIREMENT AT THE PAY RATE APPLICABLE TO SUCH MEMBER ON THE DATE OF SUCH MEMBER'S RETIREMENT. SUCH MONETARY PAYMENT SHALL NOT BE UTILIZED IN THE DETERMINATION OF FINAL AVERAGE SALARY FOR ANY SUCH MEMBER WHO SO ELECTS TO POSTPONE VACA- TION DAYS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION. ANY SUCH MEMBER WISHING TO POST- PONE THE USE OF VACATION DAYS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL ELECT SUCH POSTPONEMENT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS BY CERTIFYING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL OF HIS OR HER RESPECTIVE EMPLOYER OF HIS OR HER INTENTION TO DO SO IN SUCH MANNER AND FORM AS THE RESPECTIVE DIRECTOR SHALL SO REQUIRE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:

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