Keeping the Home Fires Burning for Employees Ordered to Active Military Duty

DATE: October 29, 2002
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: Keeping the Home Fires Burning for Employees Ordered to Active Military Duty

SUMMARY:
Overview
Since 1996, the Board of Supervisors has pledged to support all County employees serving in the reserve military who are called to active military service by ensuring that they receive the same level of salary and benefits while on active duty service to the U.S. Armed Forces as they would in service to the County of San Diego.

On January 30, 1996 (27), the Board approved an amendment to the Compensation Ordinance to ensure that County employees who were ordered to active military duty as a result of the Bosnian peace effort were granted paid absence from work. On February 1, 2000 (8), the Board approved a similar measure for employees ordered to active military duty in Kosovo, and did so again on September 25, 2001 (21) for employees ordered to active military duty to combat terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001. On July 16, 2002 (4) the Board approved an extension of the Ordinance through October 31, 2003.

As our nation faces potential military conflict in Iraq, and as members of the armed forces nationwide are being called into active duty in the continuing fight against terrorism both at home and abroad, it is vital that the County reaffirm the commitment to support all County employees who are called into active duty, no matter where or under which campaign their military service may occur.

Approval of today's recommendation will expand coverage of the Compensation Ordinance through an amendment allowing all County employees, who are members of the reserve military, to have paid leave for active military duty for Anti-Terrorist Campaigns and National Defense Mobilizations as provided in section 4.2.20.

 

Recommendations
VICE CHAIRMAN GREG COX:

  1. 1. Approve introduction (first reading) of ordinance; read title and waive further reading of ordinance (MAJORITY VOTE):
    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 4.2.20 OF THE COMPENSATION ORDINANCE REGARDING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY LEAVE FOR ANTI-TERRORIST CAMPAIGNS AND NATIONAL DEFENSE MOBILIZATIONS.
  2. Submit ordinance for further Board consideration and adoption (second reading) on November 12, 2002.

Fiscal Impact
There is no fiscal impact associated with this proposal.

BACKGROUND:
Since 1996, the Board of Supervisors has pledged to support all County employees serving in the reserve military who are called to active military service by ensuring that they receive the same level of salary and benefits while on active duty service to the U.S. Armed Forces as they would in service to the County of San Diego.

On January 30, 1996 (27), the Board approved an amendment to the Compensation Ordinance to ensure that County employees who were ordered to active military duty as a result of the Bosnian peace effort were granted paid absence from work. On February 1, 2000 (8), the Board approved a similar measure for employees ordered to active military duty in Kosovo, and did so again on September 25, 2001 (21) for employees ordered to active military duty to combat terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001. On July 16, 2002 (4) the Board approved an extension of the Ordinance through October 31, 2003.

This Ordinance was designed to give employees paid leave, making up the difference between the employee’s gross military pay and their County salary while the employee serves on active duty, and make certain that the employee’s family and retirement benefits are not interrupted. To date, 39 County employees have benefited from this leave. While serving on active duty in the defense of our nation, County employees have the assurance that their homes, families, and County careers are secure, thanks to the support of the County of San Diego.

As our nation faces potential military conflict in Iraq, and as members of the armed forces nationwide are being called into active duty in the continuing fight against terrorism both at home and abroad, it is vital that the County reaffirm the commitment to support all County employees who are called into active duty, no matter where or under which campaign their military service may occur.

Approval of today's recommendation will expand coverage of the Compensation Ordinance through an amendment allowing all County employees, who are members of the reserve military, to have paid leave for active military duty for Anti-Terrorist Campaigns and National Defense Mobilizations as provided in section 4.2.20.

I urge your support for this measure.

Respectfully,

 
GREG COX
Vice Chairman