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New Law Enforcement Critical Incident Coverage
UPEA is pleased to announce an expansion of its services to provide legal coverage for UPEA members who are Peace Officers when a Critical Incident occurs in the line of duty.
The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services (USOR) would become part of the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) under a proposal before the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee.
The proposal is one of several considered after a September 2015 legislative audit identified mismanagement of the USOR budget and recommended moving USOR from Utah State Board of Education oversight.
UPEA is lobbying in favor of a bill that would create a phased retirement program for state employees.
Senate Bill 19, Phased Retirement, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, would permit a participating state agency to allow retirees to return to work part time. Because a retiree would only work part time (20 hours a week), he or she would only receive 50 percent of his or her retirement benefit.
Cedar City Republican John Westwood has decided not to pursue a bill after hearing concerns raised by UPEA.
House Bill 173, Payroll Deduction for Union Dues, would have allowed a public employer, such as the state, city, or county, to prevent a labor organization from collecting dues from its members by payroll deduction.
Several pieces of post-retirement legislation will be introduced during the 2016 legislative session. UPEA will be tracking each piece and provide updates.
Post-Retirement Employment Proposals for 2016 Legislative Session:
HB 86 - Postretirement Employment Restrictions - Sponsored by Rep. Rich Cunningham:
•The 60-day only separation for all employees participating in URS
•Rehired retired employees keep receiving pension benefit, but don’t earn additional years of service
Happy 2016! The new year has the potential for great things. We look forward to the 2016 legislative session with hopes the Legislature will approve Gov. Gary Herbert’s FY 2017 proposed budget. We are hopeful for the 2 percent salary increase for state employees ($14.1 million), funding for the projected 7.7 percent, or $18.4 million, health insurance increase and continued funding for the 401(k) match ($26 per pay period). The governor’s budget proposal also includes a $6.1 million increase for below-market positions referred to as "hot spots".