STATE OF CONNECTICUT
THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775
MEMORANDUM NO. 2001-65
November 29, 2001
TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES
|| Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business
Managers, and Payroll and Personnel Officers
||Military Leave - Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Noble Eagle
- Effective immediately, Senate Bill 2050, enacted during the legislative
special session November 20, 2001, provides for additional benefits and
compensation for State employees called to active military service in the
armed forces of any state or the United States for Operation Enduring
Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, a related emergency operation, or a military
operation whose mission was substantially changed as a result of the attacks
of September 11, 2001, for the duration of active service.
II. BENEFITS PROVIDED
The State will make provision for the payment of the difference between basic
military compensation and the employee's base pay plus longevity for all full time
State employees called to active military service for the purposes of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, a related emergency operation, or a
military operation whose mission was substantially changed as a result of the attacks of
September 11, 2001, for the duration of active service.
In addition, this act provides for the continuation of health insurance
coverage for the employee and the dependents of such employee and group life insurance on
the employee, if such an election was made.
This act has no effect on Section 27-33 of the Connecticut General Statutes
and provisions of various collective bargaining agreements that provide for up to thirty
(30) days of paid leave per calendar year when State employees are ordered to active duty. In
fact continuation of insurance benefits and the payment of the differential
salary will take place after the end of the thirty (30) day period.
In addition to the information requested in Comptroller's Memorandum
2001-57, agencies should collect the following information from all
employees who are in the military reserve, including the National Guard,
whether or not they have been called to active duty:
- A notarized payroll information release form that gives the Comptroller
the authority to request payroll information from the military. The
attached form can be photocopied as needed. Fax the signed and completed
form to the Policy Services Division at (860) 702-3441 or mail to: Office
of the State Comptroller, 55 Elm Street, Room 219, Hartford, CT 06106
Attn: Elise Helmecki.
For employees called to active military duty the following information should
- Gross military pay.
- Copy of military activation orders.
- Election of power of attorney if so elected (a certified copy is
- Advice on mailing address for future pay checks.
- Whether the employee wants to continue group life insurance coverage or
dependent health insurance. The group life insurance coverage and
dependent health insurance may be continued only if the employee was
covered on the date of activation and the employee share of the premium is
continued. (Note that the employee is also required to continue paying
his/her share during any leave under Section 27-33 of the Connecticut
General Statutes). If group life insurance coverage is cancelled for
non-payment of premium during the leave and the employee wishes to
participate in the life insurance plan at a later date, evidence of
insurability will be required.
- Whether other elected payroll deductions should be continued; i.e.,
deferred compensation, credit union, The Connecticut State Employees'
Campaign for Charitable Giving, etc.
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION
Employees with questions as to whether they are eligible to receive the
benefits should contact their Agency Human Resources Office.
Agencies with active military personnel must contact the State
Comptroller's Office immediately. Please contact Elizabeth Daly at (860)
702-3436 or Elise Helmecki at (860) 702-3430. Additional procedures will be
distributed to those agencies with active military personnel. Questions
concerning this memorandum should be directed to the Policy Services
Division at (860) 702-3440.
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