Fla. High Court Upholds State Worker Pension Contributions

Law360, Miami (January 17, 2013, 7:11 PM EST) -- A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law forcing public employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay to pension plans, ruling that the state's preservation of rights statute does not prohibit its legislature from altering benefit plans for employees who have not yet retired.

In a 4-3 decision, the high court relied on a 1981 decision in Florida Sheriffs' Association v. Department of Administration, in which the court noted that the preservation of rights provision was not intended to prohibit future legislatures from...
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