Sen. Claxton bill to protect rights of public employees becomes law

Posted: July 15, 2021 | Senator Claxton

AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn to guarantee that certain public employees remain eligible for merit increases in the case of a contract expiring before a new one is agreed upon has become law. LD 824, “An Act To Extend the Protections Provided to State Employees upon the Expiration of Labor Contracts to Other Public Sector Employees,” became law without the governor’s signature.

Sen. Ned Claxton

“This new law will help make sure that hardworking employees still receive the benefits and pay increases they’re entitled to and have earned, even if contract negotiations run long. It’s a sensible measure that will protect workers and their families across the state,” said Sen. Claxton.

LD 824 requires that when a municipal, judicial or public higher education employee’s contract expires and before a new contract is agreed to, they must remain eligible for merit increases that were included under the previous contract.

In 2019, the Legislature passed LD 1546, “An Act To Protect State Employees When Their Contracts Have Expired,” which guaranteed these rights for state employees. LD 824 builds off that law by extending those same protections to other public employees.

The law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.