Ramón Luis Rivera, president of the transition committee of governor-elect Pedro Pierluisi, recommended yesterday to public employees not to take advantage of a retirement program until there is a final determination of the Fiscal Control Board.
During the first day of transition hearings, the mayor of Bayamón also made it clear that he has questions about Law 80 on incentivized retirement. In a press conference he questioned, among other things, what will happen in an agency where it is necessary to occupy a position, but it has been frozen by means of the aforementioned statute. He also asked what would happen to public employees who avail themselves of that retirement window, but then have to return if the law does not pass the sieve of the fiscal board or of a judicial case.
“If at the end of the road the board decides not to approve that law, the employee could be left in limbo. The law says that you are going to pay that employee 50% (of his retirement), plus a medical plan until he is 62 years old, but if you need that position, what are you going to do? “If the law is annulled and the square has already been eliminated, what are you going to do? If the government picks him up again, but he has accumulated eight months of vacation, then he has to wait eight months to go back to work, “he added.
So he made a recommendation to government employees: don’t quit.
“My suggestion to the employees, perhaps entering the field a bit that I should not enter, is that they fill out all the papers and do not activate them until the negotiation with the board is over, lest they run out of the rope and without the goat ”He warned.
In August, the Law of the Incentive Retirement Program and Justice for Our Public Servants (Law 80) was approved to “establish a program through which eligible government employees can voluntarily leave their employment on an incentive basis before the age of retirement”.
The executive director of the Office of Management and Budget (OGP), Iris Santos, assured that they have provided the board with all the information it has requested. It cannot yet specify how many public employees could benefit from the incentivized retirement program.
“At this moment we are evaluating. There are a number of people who would be eligible. We are in the process of identifying whether or not they want to be welcomed. Once they determine if they want to be welcomed or not, we would have an idea of the impact that the implementation of this law would have, ”said the official.
They support activation of the National Guard
Pierluisi favored the activation of the National Guard to handle the Covid-19 pandemic on the Island.
In a press conference with Governor Wanda Vázquez, he reiterated that his plans in the face of the coronavirus crisis include preparing schools for an eventual reopening. He also spoke of his plans to – once the pandemic is over – extend school hours beyond 3:00 pm
“I welcome activating the National Guard. From what I understand, that has no impact on finances because the federal government bears the cost of activation, ”said Pierluisi.
As of yesterday and by executive order, the National Guard began to work with the Police to check that businesses are complying with the provisions of the new executive order to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“On the part of the government, it is important that this order is complied with and the National Guard can give support to the Puerto Rico Police and the municipal police so that any non-compliance has consequences and those who do not comply, respond. If you have to close a business, it is closed, “said the governor-elect.