Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after legislation (S-2318) that he sponsors with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem) to limit sick leave payouts for all retiring public employees to $15,000 was advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Senate President Stephen Sweeney would limit payouts to all retiring public employees to $15,000 for accrued sick leave, the limit that has long applied to state employees. (Ben K Adams/Flickr)
“Six-figure payouts to retiring public employees for hundreds of days of accrued sick leave are budget killers for municipalities and a ridiculous burden on property taxpayers.
“Sick days are provided to ensure that employees have a cushion should they become ill, not to help them save for retirement.
“Considering that few taxpayers in the private sector receive any sick leave payouts at all, extending the $15,000 cap that has long applied to state employees to all public employees is reasonable, fair and still generous.”