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Calculating pay differential (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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Terms and acronyms used by the military and the public sector can differ in interpretation. For instance, a law relating to pay calculations for those having to temporarily leave a school position for active duty has caused some problems.

By deleting the term “basic” and substituting “base,” a new law will help clarify what is meant by “daily rate of pay,” for calculating pay differential.

When someone working in the private sector is called up to active duty, the public employment entity (such as a school) fills the financial gap, if the person’s military pay is less than what they receive from their civil public employment. The new law will make the definition consistent.

Sponsored by Rep. Rob Eastlund (R-Isanti) and Sen. Tarryl Clark (DFL-St. Cloud), the law is effective May 17, 2009, and applies to National Guard members and United States armed forces reservists serving in the active military on or after that day.


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