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By Joseph Smith

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many with numerous challenges and unprecedented burdens, forcing people to adapt in ways like never before. While some have been able to effectively work remotely, there are many who have had to continue their role without a change in pace.

Senator Nick Collins of South Boston has filed S.1669, an act relative to providing a COVID-19 retirement credit to essential public sector workers. The Secretary of Administration and Finance shall identify all employees who have volunteered to work or who have been required to work at their respective worksites or any other worksite outside of their personal residence during the COVID-19 state of emergency declared by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on March 10, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

If an employee is a public sector worker for the State of Massachusetts, any city or town, or public agency and they were required to regularly work in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, this bill would allow them to get a three year retirement credit.

S.1669 has received support from agencies such as the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, MBTA, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists and others. This week, the Council adopted a resolution in support of this bill.

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