D.C. Law 21-39. Injured Worker Fair Pay Amendment Act of 2015.

D.C. Law 21-39. Injured Worker Fair Pay Amendment Act of 2015.

AN ACT

To amend the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to require that participants in the Public Workers' Compensation Program receive an increase in compensation whenever District workers receive an across-the-board increase in compensation.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Injured Worker Fair Pay Amendment Act of 2015".

Sec. 2. The District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Official Code § 1-601.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) The table of contents is amended by striking the phrase "Sec. 2341. Cost-of-living Adjustment of Compensation" and inserting the phrase "Sec. 2341. Adjustments in compensation for disability or death" in its place.

Amend § 1-623.41

(b) Section 2341 (D.C. Official Code § 1-623.41) is amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 2341. Adjustments in compensation for disability or death.

"(a) The Mayor shall award an across-the-board increase in compensation for disability or death whenever an across-the-board increase is awarded pursuant to sections 1105 and 1106. The percentage amount and effective date of those increases shall be the same as for any increase granted under these sections.

"(b) For the purposes of this section, the term "across-the-board increase" means a general pay and salary increase of general applicability that applies to a claimant's service or specific pay schedule.

"(c) This section shall not apply to any collective bargaining agreements that are to the contrary.".

Sec. 3. Applicability.

(a) This act shall apply upon the date of inclusion of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan.

(b) The Chief Financial Officer shall certify the date of the inclusion of the fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan, and provide notice to the Budget Director of the Council of the certification.

(c)(1) The Budget Director shall cause the notice of the certification to be published in the District of Columbia Register.

(2) The date of publication of the notice of the certification shall not affect the applicability of this act.

Sec. 4. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(3)).

Sec. 5. Effective date.

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § l-206.02(c)(l)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.