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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.7. Issue Files -- Civil Service, 1984-1991

+ Series I.C.7. -- Scope and Content Note
+ Series I.C.7. -- Contents List

Extent: .5 linear ft.

Box: 30

Contents: Correspondence, reports, legislation.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Civil Service Issue Files contain information on age discrimination, pensions, payment of pensions, and the rights of spouses of pensioned employees. Also included is information on railroad employees and their pensions. One employee concern relates to source taxes on retirement and pension plans. Source taxes are levied by the state in which aretiree earned his income, even after the retiree has moved to another state, often to a state with no income tax. Opponents of source taxes argued that retirees no longer receive services or benefits of the states taxing the pensions, and this scenario would constitute a case of taxation without representation.

Another civil service issue dealing with the aged (also found in Series I.C.13. Health and Human Services) relates to the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990, H.R. 3200, which prohibited discrimination against older workers regarding employee benefits. The Act was passed in response to the Supreme Court decision in Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio vs. Betts (1989). This case concerned a social worker, Mrs. June Betts, who had to leave her job because she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She was denied disability pay because her employers said she was over sixty and therefore not entitled to these benefits. Her family sued to get Mrs. Betts disability benefits but the court ruled that, under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Mrs. Betts was not the victim of discrimination and therefore not entitled to disability benefits. H.R. 3200 reversed the Betts decision and restored the policy that older employees be provided with the same benefits unless the employer could prove that equal benefits would cost more for older workers.

Other issues in these files concern post-retirement marriages and the rights of the new spouses to pension benefits, retirement benefits for National Guard and military personnel, limits on pension contributions, and other taxation issues.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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