[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included as an attachment to this chapter.]
[Adopted 6-9-2020 by L.L. No. 20-2020]
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that Suffolk County employs many individuals who are both civil servants and military reservists and has the largest population of veterans in New York State. This Legislature also finds and determines that New York State Military Law § 242(5) now authorizes local governments to extend a new benefit to military reservists who are employees or officers and become activated for combat service. This Legislature further finds and determines that New York State Military Law § 242(5)(c) allows local governments to authorize the provision of five additional days of paid sick leave each calendar year to public employees who are activated from the military reserves and need such time to address health concerns arising from their combat service. This Legislature hereby finds and determines that these recent amendments to New York State Military Law § 242(5)(c) became effective on March 10, 2020. This Legislature determines that opting in to New York State Military Law § 242(5)(c) would be beneficial to reservists who are employees or public officials of Suffolk County government and provides another means for the County to support those employees who volunteer to protect this nation.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to authorize the implementation of New York State Military Law § 242(5)(c) for employees and officers of Suffolk County.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
- Every person, by whatsoever title, description or designation known, who receives any pay, salary or compensation of any kind from the County of Suffolk, but shall not include a person holding a position in the exempt class of the civil service whose appointment is terminated or whose position is filled by other than a substitute appointee.
Every public officer or employee who has served in a combat theater or combat zone of operations as documented by a copy of his or her DD214, certificate of release or discharge from active duty, or other applicable Department of Defense documentation, shall be entitled to additional paid leave for health-related services related to duty in a combat theater or combat zone of operations, not to exceed five working days in any one calendar year.
Nothing in this article shall be construed to diminish the rights, privileges, or remedies of any employee under any collective bargaining agreement.
This article shall apply to all combat theater veterans and combat zone of operations veterans employed by Suffolk County during the time of their military deployment on or after the effective date of this article.
This article shall take effect on January 1, 2021.