Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, an employee in the service of the town of Weston, including a school department employee, who has been granted a military leave of absence because the employee is a member of the army national guard, the air national guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States called to active service in the armed forces of the United States after September 11, 2001, may, at the discretion of the Weston board of selectmen and subject to appropriation, be paid at the employee’s regular base salary as such a public employee and shall not lose any seniority or any accrued vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, compensatory time or earned overtime. If the board elects to make payments under this act, an eligible employee shall be paid the regular base salary as such a public employee for each pay period of such military leave of absence after September 11, 2001, reduced by any amount received from the United States as pay or allowance for military service performed during the same pay period, excluding overtime pay, shift differential pay, hazardous duty pay or any other additional compensation. For the purposes of this section, the term "active service" shall not include active duty for training in the army national guard or air national guard or as a reservist in the armed forces of the United States. Nothing in this act shall limit or reduce a person's entitlement to benefits under section 59 of chapter 33 of the General Laws and nothing in this act shall entitle a person to benefits in excess of the maximum benefit provided under said section 59 of said chapter 33 for any period during which that person is receiving benefits under this section.
SECTION 2. Payments made by the town of any amounts authorized pursuant to section 1 are hereby ratified, validated and confirmed as though this act had been in full force and effect on the date such payments were made.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, March 9, 2012.