Hazardous Duty Benefits Denied For Many State Workers

Two weeks ago we told you about an on-going ten year fight for employees with the Division of Forestry to get hazardous duty retirement.

WYMT filed an open records request with the environmental and public protection cabinet after some of those employees told us they were the only group with law enforcement and fire fighting duties that have been routinely denied the extra pay.
It turns out...they're not alone.

The employees we spoke to say they still don't feel comfortable letting their identities be known...but they want to get the word out that they feel alone in their fight for hazardous duty pay...but records from the EPPC show, that's not quite the case.

Out of nearly three thousand employees under the cabinet, records show only 51 actually get hazardous duty retirement...even jobs like haz-mat employees and mine inspectors don't get hazardous duty pay.
When you look closer at the records you find they are among the minority of employees with law enforcement and/or fire fighting duties that don't get the extra benefits.

The reason they've stayed in the fight for hazardous duty retirement for so long is pretty clear when you look at the kentucky retirement systems handbook...you can retire seven years earlier and earn more in insurance benefits.

The fire fighters still hope the Supreme Court will review the Court of Appeals decision to deny the extra benefits.


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