Pay/Benefits articles

New Budget Shortchanges Vets

Via Military Times: President Donald Trump’s “taxpayer focused” budget for fiscal 2018 includes smaller cost-of-living adjustments for veterans benefits payouts and eliminating those adjustments for some federal civilian retirees altogether.   The controversial suggestions are likely to be met with opposition from outside advocates and some lawmakers, but White House officials insist the moves are

Texas Moves to Save Police Pensions

Via A bill to save the Dallas police and fire pension fund passed by a unanimous vote in the Texas Senate Tuesday afternoon. The bill is expected to move the pension fund into solvency for 46 years, according to a release from Sen. Royce West’s office.   According to a report posted on,

FLSA Pay Ruling: Use Cash, Not Benefits

From our friends at the law firm Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC, in California: “On June 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal provided clarity with respect to the overtime compensation of employees who receive supplemental cash payments in lieu of employer-paid health benefits. As many employers have transitioned to flexible

You Mad, Bro?

Via the Pocono Record: Monroe County’s (PA) police and sheriff’s patrol officers are near the top of a new state list of comparative salaries, earning 25 percent more than its state counterparts.   The information is part of a massive database released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Development and Analysis Monday.

Policing In Paradise

Via KHON2: KHON2 has been telling you how Honolulu police are looking for new recruits.   Now the Kauai Police Department is also hiring and it’s even looking to the mainland for potential candidates.   Kauai has the smallest police force in the state, but they say don’t be fooled by their size.   “If

Mayor to Cops: F.U.!

Via The Dallas Morning News: In Dallas, Mayor Mike Rawlings (above) said Sunday that he won’t support legislation meant to save the failing Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.   Rawlings plans to testify about his opposition to the long-in-the-works bill on Monday in Austin during a House Pensions committee hearing. The mayor told committee

Misleading But Accurate

Via the New Hampshire Union Leader: The city’s police chief released a two-page letter to media outlets Tuesday labeling a pair of articles published in the New Hampshire Sunday News and New Hampshire Union Leader earlier this week as “grossly misleading,” while also referring to the 2016 salary information presented in those stories as “accurate.”

Improving Economy Hurts LE Recruitment

Improving Economy Is a Challenge to Law Enforcement Recruitment by ALADS Board of Directors A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “Robust Job Growth, High Wages Show Solid Labor Market” should be a wake-up call for local governments looking to hire officers. A Desert Sun article titled “Where Have All the Cops Gone?” highlights the issues

Sin Tax Funding

Via WPDS Local 6 News: Mayfield, KY — The first of four liquor stores coming to Mayfield has opened, and the Mayfield Police Department is reaping the benefits.   A percent of the taxes paid by customers and license fees paid by the owners goes straight to the police department. Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent