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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

March 13, 2021

Special Military Benefits and Post-Discharge Benefits available to employees of New York State as the employer through December 31, 2021

The Governor's Office of Employee Relations has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Civil Service Employees Association, Council 82, District Council 37, NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Police Benevolent Association of New York State, Graduate Students Employee Union, Public Employees Federation, and United University Professions, extending current special military benefits for service in connection with the war on terror, and certain benefits in connection with return from military duty for duty related to the war on terror that exceeds 180 days' duration through December 31, 2021. 

The same benefits provided in these MOUs are extended to State personnel designated Managerial or Confidential employees for the purposes of Article 14 of the Civil Service Law [the Taylor Law].

Provisions of the MOUs are not grievable.

The existing special military benefits extended under these MOUs are administered in accordance with previously issued memoranda.

New York State Departments and Agencies should consult the following memoranda to ensure proper administration of these benefits:

GIB 2001-04

Special Military Benefits for State Employees Activated in Connection with the Events of September 11, 2001

AM 2001-06

Special Military Leave for Employees Activated in Connection with the Events
of September 11, 2001

AM 2002-01

Frequently Asked Questions about Special Military Leave in Connection with
the Events of September 11th

AM 2002-03

Training Leave at Reduced Pay for Military Duty Not Related to the Events of
September 11th and Extension of Special Military Leave in Connection
With the Events of September 11th

AM 2004-01

Clarification of Special Military Leave Benefits

AM 2007-01

Memoranda of Understanding on Extension of Special Military Benefits and New Post-Discharge Benefits

Questions concerning these benefits should be directed to the Attendance and Leave Unit of the New York State Department of Civil Service [(518) 457-2295].


Public Personnel Law E-books

The Discipline Book - A concise guide to disciplinary actions involving public employees in New York State set out in a 700 page e-book. For more information click on

A Reasonable Disciplinary Penalty Under the Circumstances - A 442-page e-book focusing on determining an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service in instances where the employee has been found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. Now available in two formats - as a large, paperback print edition and as an e-book. Click on for more information.

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - A 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on

Disability Leave for fire, police and other public sector personnel - A 1098 page e-book focusing on disability benefits available to public officers and employees employed by New York State and its political subdivisions. For more information click on