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SMART Policing Act – Bill 96-20
The FOP has been in discussions with the County Deferred Compensation provider and has asked them to host a webinar to answer questions relating to deferred compensation and retirement. We have arranged for the webinar to be on 3 different dates and times to accommodate different schedules. Please register in advance.
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- Whether your resources will provide enough income
- How to help your 457(b) account catch up with your dreams
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The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 has developed a Community Reference Guide. There are many national areas of interest that have garnered attention due to recent events. We have gathered information to communicate the facts to members of the community in a professional easy to read reference guide. These will be posted weekly for the next several weeks and disseminated on social media.
Part 1 is the Introduction and Overview of the Baltimore County Police Department. This issue will communicate the demographics of the agency, calls for service, arrests, uses of force, assaults on officers and citizen complaints.
Part 2 speaks to the Education and Training requirements needed to be hired as a Baltimore County Police Officer. The training required in the academy and the yearly continuing education and training requirements to maintain certification by the Maryland Police Training Standards Commission.
Part 3 is a document that talks about the Maryland Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBR). It explains the purpose for the creation of the bill and guides you through the different sections of the LEOBR. It will show the bills limitations and give facts to dispel the misinformation that has been spoken about in different media, social media and political formats.
On Thursday July 2, 2020 I met with Chief Hyatt to discuss the concerns of the members that were raised at the June 29, 2020 General Membership meeting. To view a the topics that were discussed please click on the link below.
The amended tentative settlement agreement between the Baltimore County Administration and Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP) was presented to the membership for ratification. The ratification process was done electronically via department email and a secured voting system through Election Buddy for 5 days in an effort to provide the opportunity for as many members as possible to vote. The ballots were tallied after voting closed at 0800 hours on June 15, 2020.
The voting totals were as follow: FOR Ratification – 712 AGAINST – 67
This Memorandum of Understanding is for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Thank you to all of those who participated.
Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 stands ready to engage in meaningful, collective conversations on the future of policing in Baltimore County.
Read the full statement below.
In light of current national events I felt it was necessary to communicate the facts regarding the work our members do everyday under extraordinary circumstances.
Please take a few moments to read the statement below and see how our members’ conduct over the last decade does not reflect the narrative currently being cast on law enforcement.
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This suit was brought forward 20 years ago by 2 correctional officers and the EEOC.
Please direct any question to Rust consulting.
The link below is to the Baltimore County Retirement Office web page.
There is a section referring to the class action lawsuit “Notice of Class Action Lawsuit“. This PDF file describes the eligibility for the suit and lists those deemed by the EEOC, Baltimore County and the Federal Court to be eligible for damages.
You may contact Rust Consulting at 1-800-760-6408 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday, should you have any questions.
There was a motion from the Election Process committee to spend up to $3700.00 for the process to set up the voting for the next election process. This came from committee unanimously and the motion was 2nd by Brother Franks.
Total: Yes Votes_18__ No Votes _0__ Abstentions __0_
This was the only motion that came before the board. The entire board participated in the meeting. The above motion passed unanimous.
On May 14, 2020 the Negotiation Committee made a recommendation to the Executive Board of Directors to approve the modifications to the July 1, 2020 Tentative Agreement out for the membership for ratification. The motion passed unanimously.
Details on the ratification process will be forthcoming.
Retirees to be reimbursed in discrimination pension case
By Wilborn P. Nobles III
Baltimore County has agreed to pay nearly $5.4 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging employees were forced to overpay into the county’s pension system for years, ending years of litigation on the matter.
More than 2,000 retirees will be reimbursed after the U.S. District Court in Maryland approved a joint consent order resolving the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission’s lawsuit against the county, according to an EEOC news release. The county previously estimated it could owe up to $19 million in the case. The federal lawsuit alleged Baltimore County “engaged in unlawful employment practices” because older workers were required to pay higher contributions than younger workers, according to the consent order. The case affects employees who were hired before 2007, when the county ended its decades-long practice of setting pension contribution rates for new hires based on an employee’s age. Baltimore County spokesperson Sean Naron said in a statement “the joint consent order has been filed, and the Court has entered an Order dismissing the matter. The County has no further comment.”
The lawsuit has traveled back and forth within the federal court system since 2007, when two county correctional officers filed a complaint with the EEOC. The civil rights enforcement agency called the case, which alleged the county’s pension system violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, “one of the longest-running lawsuits on the EEOC’s docket.”
“We are pleased that thousands of retirees who overpaid for their pensions, some for many years, are finally being reimbursed,” EEOC supervisory trial attorney Maria Salacuse said in a statement. “We appreciate the willingness of the county and the trustees of the retirement system to bring this case to resolution.”
In 2012, the U.S. District Court granted partial summary judgment for the EEOC, ruling that the county’s pension plan was discriminatory and not justified by financial considerations, thus violating federal age discrimination laws. In 2014, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county had to compensate county workers who overpaid. In 2016, the county and the EEOC resolved the federal agency’s claims, and the District Court determined no monetary relief was appropriate. However, in 2018, the 4th Circuit reversed the District Court order because “a retroactive monetary award of back pay under the [Age Discrimination in Employment Act] is mandatory upon a finding of liability.”
The county’s attorneys in December 2018 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. In June, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case for the second time. The county previously petitioned the Supreme Court in 2014, after the county appealed the federal ruling that found the pension system was discriminatory.
“This case was important for the EEOC to bring. Only the EEOC can sue state and local governments under the [Age Discrimination in Employment Act], and thus this violation would have gone without remedy absent the EEOC’s lawsuit,” EEOC assistant general counsel Christopher Lage said in a statement. “The case also confirmed the important principle that back pay is a mandatory legal remedy under the ADEA.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.
Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 was not a plaintiff in this case. This case was brought forward by the EEOC. We have not been privy to any information as to who is eligible for payment as part of the settlement.
The FOP Lodge #4 Board of Directors Meeting was held on April 20, 2020.
This meeting was through Zoom and 18 members of the board did participate. Brother Tom Scally did attempt to join in the meeting two times but was unable to join in.
Legal Counsel Mike Davey also joined the meeting.
There were two motions made at the meeting. The motions are listed below.
Motion: Brother Franks made a motion that Lodge #4 send up to 5 members of the peer group to the Concerns of Police Survivors’ National Conference held in Oklahoma City November 6-8, 2020. The cost would be $5500.00 for the 5 members. This motion was seconded by Sister Kraemer. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion: Under Donation review Brother Franks informed the board that 2 of the donations that were passed in March are not being made now due to COVID-19 cancellations of the events. They were the Md. Law Officer’s Hockey tournament and the Saving Our Young Baltimore law enforcement football camp.
Brother Franks did advise that the $1,000 donation to the Baltimore County COVID-19 Response Fund, which is working with the MD Food Bank and local venders to deliver food to families throughout Baltimore County passed last month. After this donation was made there was further discussion as to Lodge #4 making additional donations during this crisis.
VP Massey made a motion to make another $1,000.00 donation. The motion was seconded by Sister Patterson. The motion passed unanimously.
Brother Caskey asked if the lodge received any public recognition for the donation. Brother Don Patterson advised that President Rose has been sending information out in emails and also through our social media and this donation was included in one of the March posts. President Rose advised that this will be included in our future social media post.
If there are any objections to the above motions please contact the lodge to discuss the issue.
Correction to the newsletter under bereavements, Jean Ather was the mother of Bro. Tracy Ather.
On April 15 and 16, 2020 the tentative settlement agreement between the Baltimore County Administration and Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP) was presented to the membership for ratification. The ratification process was done electronically via department email and a secured voting system through Election Buddy for 2 days in an effort to provide the opportunity for as many members as possible to vote. The ballots were tallied after voting closed at midnight, April 16, 2020.
The voting totals were as follow: FOR Ratification – 870 AGAINST – 89
This Memorandum of Understanding is for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Thank you to all of those who participated.
The above link is the settlement agreement between FOP Lodge #4 and the Baltimore County Administration. Please read it carefully and contact a member of the negotiations committee or Executive Board for any questions you may have.
Voting will take place from Wednesday, April 15th at 8:00am through Thursday April 16th at 12:59pm. For the first time we will be doing the ratification electronically. You will receive an email in your department email address From the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police. Only eligible members will be able to vote. Retirees and the Executive Corps have been removed from the email list. Your email will contain a link from a proven third-party election company, Election Buddy. You will click on the link and you will be able to see the agreement and a selection to cast your vote.