2/7/17 The bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan of the 22nd Dist. that would allow state employees to use leave during their first six months of employment received no opposition in a hearing Tuesday morning (Feb. 7) in the House State Government, Elections and IT Committee.
It’ll continue the push to make the state an “employer of choice” – another way to address the recruitment and retention crisis in state government, she said.
The idea to allow some flexibility to address “real life” issues came up during bargaining last year. The proposal: Change the law that prohibits use of leave during the first six months of employment.
“This bills is basically an idea that came up during our collective bargaining negotiations,” explained the Federation’s Dennis Eagle. The union’s director of legislative and political action was testifying for Dolan’s bill, HB 1521.
“Both management and labor agreed that it would be helpful to have a little bit more flexibility now and then. But we quickly realized it would require a change in the statute to do so. So we’re bringing this idea to you.
“Allowing employees to access leave within the first six months of hire just gives managers and the ability to address those occasional circumstances where real life intervenes.”
Eagle supported an amendment from the governor’s office that makes it clear that employees who leave employment within that first six months couldn’t cash out the leave.