FMA SUPPORTS FIRST RESPONDER FAIR RETIRE LEGISLATION - February 20, 2019
On Thursday, February 14, members of Congress in both the Senate and the House introduced commonsense legislation to make sure the country’s first responders receive full retirement benefits if they are injured on the job. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the First Responder Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act (S. 531). Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, introduced the First Responder Fair RETIRE Act (H.R. 1256) in the House of Representatives.
The Federal Managers Association endorsed the bills, which would help federal firefighters, law enforcement officers, Customs and Border Protection officials, and other federal employees with potentially dangerous jobs receive their full retirement benefits if they get hurt while on duty. Currently, federal public safety officers lose their early retirement benefits if they are injured on the job and return to federal service in another position.
"It is unacceptable that the benefits they pay into the early retirement system are eliminated if they are injured on the job and unable to fulfill the mandatory years of service," said Renee Johnson, National President of the Federal Managers Association. "Your legislation corrects this and ensures these selfless federal employees receive the benefits they have rightfully earned by answering the call of duty."