471.975 May pay salary differential of reserve on active duty.
(a) A statutory or home rule charter city, county, town, school district, or other political subdivision may pay to each eligible member of the National Guard or other reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States an amount equal to the difference between the member's basic active duty military salary and the salary the member would be paid as an active political subdivision employee, including any adjustments the member would have received if not on leave of absence. This payment may be made only to a person whose basic active duty military salary is less than the salary the person would be paid as an active political subdivision employee. Back pay authorized by this section may be paid in a lump sum. Payment under this section must not extend beyond four years from the date the employee reported for active service, plus any additional time the employee may be legally required to serve.
(b) An eligible member of the reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States is a reservist or National Guard member who was an employee of a political subdivision at the time the member reported for active service on or after May 29, 2003, or who is on active service on May 29, 2003.
(c) Notwithstanding other obligations under law, a political subdivision has total discretion regarding employee benefit continuation for a member who reports for active service and the terms and conditions of any benefit.
(d) For purposes of this section, "active service" has the meaning given in section 190.05, subdivision 5, but excludes service performed exclusively for purposes of:
(1) basic combat training, advanced individual training, annual training, and periodic inactive duty training;
(2) special training periodically made available to reserve members; and
(3) service performed in accordance with section 190.08, subdivision 3.
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