High SC court to consider SLED retiree case

COLUMBIA (AP) -- South Carolina's high court is set to consider whether the State Law Enforcement Division can require retired employees who return to work to take salary reductions to cover the agency's portion of their retirement benefit.

The high court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments from Phillip Grimsley and Roger Jowers.

The two former agents sued SLED in 2008, saying that the agency broke state law when it deducted employer-based pension contributions from their paychecks.

The men want SLED to reimburse working retirees for the deductions, with interest.

State prosecutors say a lower court was right to dismiss the case, arguing that the employees should have pursued their claim with South Carolina Retirement Systems instead of the courts.

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