Boston Firefighters
Vacation Buyback Legislation
Updated On: Sep 10, 2020

Brothers & Sisters,

We are delighted to inform you that the Massachusetts House of Representatives, yesterday Friday, July 31, 2020, passed to engross HB4133/4925 An Act to preserve the practice of including annual payments instead of vacation as regular compensation for current retirees and active retirement system members where such benefit existed as of May 2018. 

This legislation was filed in response to the decision handed down by DALA, CRAB, and ultimately upheld by the Suffolk Superior Court in O’Leary v Lexington Retirement Board and Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC).

This decision has far-reaching devastating financial consequences for our active members who had received payment instead of vacation leave before May 1, 2018, and our retirees or their surviving spouses.

HB4925 will now go over to the Senate. This legislation has been and will continue to be one of our highest legislative priorities until the Governor ultimately signs it.

We will continue to keep you updated on this significant legislation. 


Michael O’Reilly
Marc Sanders
Legislative Agents
Local 718

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