HB 1645 State Sickness and Disability Program; benefits.
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Summary as introduced:
State Sickness and Disability Program. Eliminates the one-year waiting period for eligibility for disability benefits for vested local government employees commencing employment in a state position covered under the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), State Police Officers' Retirement System, Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System, or the hybrid retirement program. Under current law, employees who enter state service on or after July 1, 2009, are required to wait one year before they can receive benefits under the state sickness and disability program for nonwork related disabilities. The bill eliminates this waiting period for local government employees who have at least five years of creditable service under VRS (including the hybrid retirement program) or the Law Enforcement Officers' Retirement System (LEORS) upon commencing employment in a state position with no break in service. In addition, for purposes of determining the disability benefit payable, the bill provides that any such employee upon entering state service will be deemed to have a beginning balance of months of state service equal to the number of months of VRS or LEORS creditable service credited to him as of his beginning employment date.

The provisions of the bill do not affect disability benefits payable or eligibility for such benefits relating to illnesses or injuries occurring prior to July 1, 2017.

Full text:
01/04/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101144D  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/04/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101144D
01/04/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/12/17  House: Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement
01/26/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/08/17  House: Left in Appropriations