DATE: May 13, 2003
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: Preserving Vacation Benefits for Employees on Military Leave
The Board of Supervisors has pledged its support to all County employees serving in the military reserve through its various actions over the last several years. On October 29, 2002, the Board approved my recommendation to expand coverage for employees to have paid leave for active duty military for Anti-Terrorist Campaigns and the National Defense Mobilizations as provided in the Compensation Ordinance. Approval of today’s recommendations will ensure that County employees serving in the reserve military who are called to active military duty do not lose vacation credits and are able to convert some of their vacation credits to cash for those who reach their maximum vacation balance during active military duty under the Anti-Terrorist Campaign Leave. This action will ensure that County employees ordered to active military duty as a result of anti-terrorist efforts do not lose any vacation credits accumulated over their maximum allowable balance.
CHAIRMAN GREG COX:
Approve the introduction (first reading) of ordinance; read title and waive further reading of ordinance (MAJORITY VOTE):
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPENSATION ORDINANCE
Submit ordinance for further Board consideration and adoption (second reading) on May 21, 2003.
Funding for this recommendation is within department’s budgets.
Our nation has called upon some of our employees in the military reserve to active duty to support military efforts in Iraq. The Board of Supervisors has consistently taken action to ensure that benefits for these employees and their dependents will not be adversely impacted. It is vital that the County reaffirm the commitment to support all County employees who are called to active duty, no matter where or under which campaign their military service may occur. On February 1, 2000 and again on September 25, 2001, the Board approved amendments to the compensation ordinance to ensure that County employees and their families who were ordered to active military duty would not suffer financially. In addition, the County ensured that benefits for such employees and their dependents were not interrupted.
Today’s action would approve an amendment to the compensation ordinance to ensure that County employees serving in the reserve military who have been called to active duty under the Anti-Terrorist Campaign Leave do not lose vacation credits. Those employees who have reached or will be exceeding their maximum vacation balance may have vacation credits converted to cash payment. In addition, to accommodate the continual support of this effort, the duration of the Anti-Terrorist Campaign Leave will be extended through December 31, 2004.
It is very important that salary and benefits are not compromised for those County employees who are called to active military duty to fight terrorism and defend our homeland.
I urge your support!