TRENTON— In an attempt to jump start action on stalled legislation to prohibit cash payments to public employees for unused sick leave, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) said he will submit new legislation designed to eliminate legal objections that have prevented Democrats from taking up the issue.
Kyrillos, who is the original Senate sponsor of Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to eliminate the payments to public employees who retire or leave their jobs, will remove the so-called “draw down” provision in his new legislation. “Draw down” would require public employees to use sick and vacation time that was accrued from previous years and thus, carried cash value, before earning any additional leave time.
The Democratic majority in the Senate has expressed concerns that “draw down” is illegal and, consequently, have refused to act on Kyrillos’s original bill.
“This weekend, we read yet another account from our state’s largest newspaper of public employees in line to receive six figure checks for unused sick leave when they retire,” Kyrillos said. “Enough. We need to close this indefensible loophole now. The Senate President has said he supports a ‘use it or lose it’ sick leave bill, but believes any attempt to mitigate the time that has already been accrued by an employee to be illegal. That may or may not be the case, but I’m willing to leave that battle for another day. Let’s stop this egregious abuse of the taxpayers from here on out and pass a bill we can all agree on.”
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