The Cost Of Preserving Officer Retirement Benefits

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 1:01 PM EST) -- At a time when public employers across Pennsylvania are seeking to reduce or at least contain the skyrocketing costs of post-retirement health care benefits, the Commonwealth Court has virtually handcuffed municipalities from achieving any genuine relief for decades.

The Commonwealth Court ruled in Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Flood City Lodge No. 86 v. City of Johnstown, No. 1873 C.D. 2010 (Feb. 22, 2012), that the elimination of post-retirement health benefits for active police officers and firefighters by an Act 111 interest arbitration panel constitutes an...
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