Governor approves Forestal plan to help Hoosiers who want to serve

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INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation authored by State Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) that would provide added benefits to state workers who serve in the military has been signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

House Enrolled Act 1324 would enable a state employee who is a member of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces to receive added compensation if they are called to active duty.

“This means they would be entitled to a leave of absence without a loss of time while on active duty, as well as compensation in an amount that is equal to the difference between the member’s active duty pay and the salary that person would have acquired if they were not called to duty,” Forestal said.

“In addition, any person who desires to return to work following military service will be reinstated without a loss of seniority or the position they held within that state agency,” he continued. “It also ensures their retirement benefits and eligibility for family medical leave are protected.”

The legislation codifies the details of an Executive Order signed in 2005 by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels, as well as State Personnel Department Military Leave Policy.

“The idea for this bill came from a constituent, who thought that a clarification would remove any potential barriers for Hoosiers who are state employees and considering serving their country,” Forestal said. “It is a simple bill that provides these men and women with a measure of respect that they deserve for the sacrifices they are making on our behalf, and I am pleased that the governor has signed it into law.”

The law takes effect July 1.

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