USA Minnesota

USA Statutes : minnesota
Title : RETIREMENT
Chapter : Teachers retirement, certain cities
354A.01 Repealed, 1979 c 217 s 28
354A.011 Definitions.
Subdivision 1. Terms. For purposes of this chapter, unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them.
Subd. 2. Repealed, 1992 c 598 art 6 s 22
Subd. 3. Accumulated contributions. "Accumulated contributions" means the total of member or employee contributions made by salary deductions and assessments or payments made in lieu of salary deductions, if authorized, which are credited by the teachers retirement fund association to the member's individual account.
Subd. 3a. Actuarial equivalent. "Actuarial equivalent" means the condition of one annuity or benefit having an equal actuarial present value as another annuity or benefit, determined as of a given date with each actuarial present value based on the appropriate mortality table adopted by the appropriate board of trustees based on the experience of that retirement fund association as recommended by the actuary retained under section 356.214, and approved under section 356.215, subdivision 18, and using the applicable preretirement or postretirement interest rate assumption specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8.
Subd. 4. Allowable service. "Allowable service" means any service rendered by a teacher during a period in which the teacher receives salary from which employee contribution salary deductions are made to and credited by the teachers retirement fund association or any service rendered by a person during any period where assessments or payments in lieu of salary deductions were made if authorized by any law or provision of the association's articles of incorporation or bylaws then in effect or pursuant to section 354A.091, 354A.092, 354A.093, or 354A.094.
Subd. 5. Annuity. "Annuity" means the payments made by a teachers retirement fund association in the form of a retirement annuity or an optional annuity.
Subd. 6. Approved actuary. "Approved actuary" means any actuary who is either a fellow of the society of actuaries or who has at least 15 years of service to major public employee retirement funds or any firm which retains such an actuary on its staff.
Subd. 7. Association. "Association" or "teachers retirement fund association" means the applicable teachers retirement fund association established pursuant to this chapter.
Subd. 7a. Average salary. "Average salary," for purposes of computing a normal coordinated program retirement annuity under section 354A.31, subdivision 4 or 4a, means an amount equal to the average salary upon which contributions were made for the highest five successive years of service credit but may not, in any event, include any more than the equivalent of 60 monthly salary payments. Average salary must be based upon all years of service credit if this service credit is less than five years.
Subd. 8. Basic member. "Basic member" means any member of the teachers retirement fund association who is not covered by any agreement or modification made between the state and the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
Subd. 9. Benefit. "Benefit" means the allowance paid or payable by the teachers retirement fund association to a surviving spouse, designated beneficiary, surviving child or estate or in periodic payments to a member or former member who is permanently and totally disabled.
Subd. 10. Board. "Board" means the board of trustees of a teachers retirement fund association.
Subd. 11. Coordinated member. "Coordinated member" means any member of the teachers retirement fund association who is covered by any agreement or modification made between the state and the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare making the provisions of the federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act applicable to certain teachers except in the case of a member of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association, in which it means additionally that the member either first became a member prior to July 1, 1981, and elected to be covered by the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association or first became a member on or subsequent to July 1, 1981.
Subd. 12. Coordinated service. "Coordinated service" means the allowable service credited by the respective teachers retirement fund association for which the member was covered by the coordinated program of the association.
Subd. 12a. Dependent child. "Dependent child" means any biological or adopted child of a deceased member who has not reached the age of 20 and is dependent on the member for more than one-half of the child's support at the time of the member's death. It also means a child of the member conceived during the member's lifetime and born after the member's death.
Subd. 13. Designated beneficiary. "Designated beneficiary" means the person designated by a member or retiree of a teachers retirement fund association to receive the benefits to which a beneficiary is entitled under this chapter. A beneficiary designation is valid only if it is made on an appropriate form provided by the executive director and the properly completed form is received by the fund postmarked on or before the date of death of the retiree or member. If a retiree or member does not designate such a person or if the person designated predeceases the retiree or member, beneficiary in such cases means the estate of the deceased retiree or member.
Subd. 14. Disability. "Disability" or "permanent and total disability" means the inability of a member to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to be of long continued and indefinite duration which shall in no event be less than one year.
Subd. 14a. District; school district. "District" or "school district" means the employing school district or the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Subd. 15. Member. "Member" for purposes of entitlement to annuities or benefits pursuant to sections 354A.31 to 354A.41 and any other applicable provisions of this chapter means every teacher who is engaged in teaching service and who under section 354A.05 contributes to the respective teachers retirement fund association and who has not retired. "Member" for purposes of determining who may participate in the organization and governance of the teachers retirement fund association, including the eligibility to elect members of and to serve as a member of the board of trustees, means every teacher who joins and contributes to the respective teachers retirement fund association and any other person designated as a member by the articles of incorporation or the bylaws of the respective teachers retirement fund association.
Subd. 15a. Normal retirement age. "Normal retirement age" means age 65 for a person who first became a member of the coordinated program of the Minneapolis or St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association or a member of a pension fund listed in section 356.30, subdivision 3, before July 1, 1989. For a person who first became a member of the coordinated program of the Minneapolis or St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association after June 30, 1989, normal retirement age means the higher of age 65 or retirement age, as defined in United States Code, title 42, section 416(l), as amended, but not to exceed age 66. For a person who is a member of the basic program of the Minneapolis or St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the old law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association, normal retirement age means the age at which a teacher becomes eligible for a normal retirement annuity computed upon meeting the age and service requirements specified in the applicable provisions of the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the respective teachers retirement fund association.
Subd. 16. Normal retirement annuity. "Normal retirement annuity" means for a coordinated member the retirement annuity computed pursuant to section 354A.31, subdivision 4, and paid or payable to a member upon meeting the age and service requirements specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 5, and for a basic member the retirement annuity computed pursuant to and paid or payable to a member upon meeting the age and service requirements specified in the applicable provisions of the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the respective teachers retirement fund association.
Subd. 17. Optional survivors annuity. "Optional survivors annuity" means the payments made by the teachers retirement fund association to a survivor of a former member pursuant to an actuarial equivalent optional annuity form established by the applicable board of trustees under section 354A.32 and selected by the member at or before retirement.
Subd. 18. Other than normal school operating funds. "Other than normal school operating funds" means funds other than those generated as proceeds of property tax levies, state school maintenance cost aids distributed in accordance with statute, state aid to distressed school districts, proceeds from federal forest reserve lands, state transportation aids, receipts from tuition paid by persons or other school districts, any rental charges received, and any other moneys appropriated by the legislature.
Subd. 19. Program. "Program" means a separate component plan of a teachers retirement fund association providing a specific set of retirement annuities and disability and survivor benefits for a defined portion of the covered membership of the association.
Subd. 20. Reduced retirement annuity. "Reduced retirement annuity" means for a coordinated member the retirement annuity computed pursuant to section 354A.31, subdivision 4, reduced pursuant to section 354A.31, subdivision 6 or 7, and paid or payable to a member upon meeting the minimum age and service requirements specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 1, but prior to meeting the age and service requirements specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 5, and for a basic member the retirement annuity computed pursuant to and paid or payable to a member upon meeting the minimum age and service requirements specified in but prior to meeting the age and service requirements for a normal retirement annuity specified in the applicable provisions of the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the respective teachers retirement fund association.
Subd. 21. Retirement. "Retirement" means the time after the date of cessation of active teaching service by a teacher who is thereafter entitled to an accrued retirement annuity commencing as designated by the board of trustees and payable pursuant to an application for an annuity filed with the board. The applicable provisions of law, articles of incorporation and bylaws in effect on the date of cessation of active teaching service thereafter determine the rights of the person.
Subd. 22. Retirement annuity. "Retirement annuity" means the payments made by a teachers retirement fund association to a retired teacher.
Subd. 23. Sabbatical leave. "Sabbatical leave" means an authorized leave of absence period during which the member is compensated at a rate of not less than one-third of the salary which the member received during the plan year immediately preceding the granting of the leave.
Subd. 24. Salary; covered salary. (a) Subject to the limitations of section 356.611, "salary" or "covered salary" means the entire compensation, upon which member contributions are required and made, that is paid to a teacher before deductions for deferred compensation, supplemental retirement plans, or other voluntary salary reduction programs.
(b) "Salary" does not mean:
(1) lump sum annual leave payments;
(2) lump sum wellness and sick leave payments;
(3) employer-paid amounts used by an employee toward the cost of insurance coverage, employer-paid fringe benefits, flexible spending accounts, cafeteria plans, health care expense accounts, day care expenses, or any payments in lieu of any employer-paid group insurance coverage, including the difference between single and family rates that may be paid to a member with single coverage, and certain amounts determined by the executive secretary or director to be ineligible;
(4) any form of payment that is made in lieu of any other employer-paid fringe benefit or expense;
(5) any form of severance payments;
(6) workers' compensation payments;
(7) disability insurance payments, including self-insured disability payments;
(8) payments to school principals and all other administrators for services that are in addition to the normal work year contract if these additional services are performed on an extended duty day, Saturday, Sunday, holiday, annual leave day, sick leave day, or any other nonduty day;
(9) payments under section 356.24, subdivision 1, clause (4)(ii); and
(10) payments made under section 122A.40, subdivision 12, except for payments for sick leave that are accumulated under the provisions of a uniform school district policy that applies equally to all similarly situated persons in the district.
(c) Amounts provided to an employee by the employer through a grievance proceeding or a legal settlement are salary only if the settlement is reviewed by the executive director and the amounts are determined by the executive director to be consistent with paragraph (a) and prior determinations.
Subd. 25. Service. "Service" means all allowable service credited by the teachers retirement fund association, irrespective of whether the member at the time was covered by the basic program or by the coordinated program.
Subd. 26. Spouse. "Spouse" means the person who was legally married to the member immediately prior to the member's death.
Subd. 27. Teacher. (a) "Teacher" means any person who renders service for a public school district, other than a charter school, located in the corporate limits of one of the cities of the first class which was so classified on January 1, 1979, as any of the following:
(1) a full-time employee in a position for which a valid license from the state Department of Education is required;
(2) an employee of the teachers retirement fund association located in the city of the first class unless the employee has exercised the option pursuant to Laws 1955, chapter 10, section 1, to retain membership in the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund established pursuant to chapter 422A;
(3) a part-time employee in a position for which a valid license from the state Department of Education is required; or
(4) a part-time employee in a position for which a valid license from the state Department of Education is required who also renders other nonteaching services for the school district, unless the board of trustees of the teachers retirement fund association determines that the combined employment is on the whole so substantially dissimilar to teaching service that the service may not be covered by the association.
(b) The term does not mean any person who renders service in the school district as any of the following:
(1) an independent contractor or the employee of an independent contractor;
(2) an employee who is a full-time teacher covered by the Teachers Retirement Association or by another teachers retirement fund association established pursuant to this chapter or chapter 354;
(3) an employee exempt from licensure pursuant to section 122A.30;
(4) an employee who is a teacher in a technical college located in a city of the first class unless the person elects coverage by the applicable first class city teacher retirement fund association under section 354B.21, subdivision 2;
(5) a teacher employed by a charter school, irrespective of the location of the school; or
(6) an employee who is a part-time teacher in a technical college in a city of the first class and who has elected coverage by the applicable first class city teacher retirement fund association under section 354B.21, subdivision 2, but (i) the teaching service is incidental to the regular nonteaching occupation of the person; (ii) the applicable technical college stipulates annually in advance that the part-time teaching service will not exceed 300 hours in a fiscal year; and (iii) the part-time teaching actually does not exceed 300 hours in the fiscal year to which the certification applies.
Subd. 28. Teaching service. "Teaching service" means any service as a teacher performed by any person included within the definition of teacher. 354A.02 Repealed, 1979 c 217 s 28
354A.021 Teachers retirement fund associations in cities of the first class.
Subdivision 1. Establishment. There is established a teachers retirement fund association in each of the cities of the first class which were so classified on January 1, 1979. The associations shall be known respectively as the "Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association," the "Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association" and the "St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association." Each association shall be a continuation of the teachers retirement fund association with the same corporate name established pursuant to the authorization contained in Laws 1909, chapter 343, section 1.
Subd. 2. Organization. Each teachers retirement fund association shall be organized and governed pursuant to this chapter and chapter 317A, except that each association shall be deemed to be a nonprofit corporation without coming within the definition in section 317A.011, subdivision 6. Any corporate action of any teachers retirement fund association taken prior to April 9, 1976, shall be deemed to be valid if it conformed with Minnesota Statutes 1976, chapter 317 or 354A, or Revised Laws 1905, chapter 58, as amended through April 9, 1976.
Subd. 3. Fund. Within each teachers retirement fund association there shall be created a special retirement fund, which shall include all of the assets of the teachers retirement fund association other than assets of a tax sheltered annuity program and fund authorized pursuant to subdivision 5 which were acquired for the specific purpose of being credited to that fund. The special retirement fund shall be credited with all employee and employer contributions, all interest and all other income authorized by law. Within the special retirement fund there may be established separate special retirement fund accounts for the purpose of providing convenience in the funding of and accounting for retirement annuities and any authorized ancillary benefits.
Subd. 4. Fund disbursement restricted. The assets of the special retirement fund shall be disbursed only for the purposes provided for in this chapter, the articles of incorporation or bylaws in effect as of March 31, 1975, and the articles of incorporation or bylaws adopted subsequent to March 31, 1975 in accordance with the provisions of section 354A.12. All appropriate expenses of and any authorized benefits provided by the teachers retirement fund association shall be paid from the special retirement fund. Amounts necessary to make payments from the special retirement fund of a teachers retirement fund association are hereby appropriated.
Subd. 5. Tax sheltered annuity program and fund. A teachers retirement fund association may establish a tax sheltered annuity program and fund meeting the requirements of section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, which must include all assets which were acquired for the specific purpose of being credited to the program and fund and to which must be credited all employee contributions and employer contributions, if negotiated under a collective bargaining agreement, designated for this purpose and all interest income attributable to the assets of the program and fund.
Subd. 6. Trustees' fiduciary obligation. The trustees or directors of each teachers retirement fund association shall administer each fund in accordance with the applicable portions of this chapter, of the articles of incorporation, of the bylaws, and of chapters 356 and 356A. The purpose of this subdivision is to establish each teachers retirement fund association as a trust under the laws of the state of Minnesota for all purposes related to section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, including all amendments.
Subd. 7. Actuarial consultant. The board of trustees or directors of each teachers retirement fund association may contract for the services of an approved actuary and fix the reasonable compensation for those services. Any approved actuary retained by the board shall function as the actuarial advisor to the board and may perform actuarial valuations and experience studies to supplement those performed by the actuary retained under section 356.214. Any supplemental actuarial valuations or experience studies must be filed with the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.
Subd. 8. Audit by state auditor. The books and accounts of each teachers retirement fund association must be examined and audited periodically as considered necessary by the state auditor. A full and detailed report of the examination and audit must be made and a copy provided to the teachers retirement fund association board of trustees. The cost of any examination and audit must be paid by the teachers retirement fund association in accordance with section 6.56. For purposes of section 6.56, each teachers retirement fund association is considered a local governmental entity equivalent to a county, city, town, or school district.
Subd. 9. Updated articles of incorporation and bylaws; filing. (a) On or before July 1, 2006, and within six months of the date of the approval of any amendment to the articles of incorporation or bylaws, the chief administrative officer of each first class city teacher retirement fund association shall prepare and publish an updated compilation of the articles of incorporation and the bylaws of the association.
(b) The chief administrative officer of the first class city teacher retirement fund association must certify the accuracy and the completeness of the compilation.
(c) The compilation of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of a first class city teacher retirement fund association must contain an index.
(d) The compilation must be made available to association members and other interested parties. The association may charge a fee for a copy that reflects the price of printing or otherwise producing the copy. Two copies of the compilation must be filed, without charge, by each retirement fund association with the Legislation Commission on Pensions and Retirement, the Legislative Reference Library, the state auditor, the commissioner of education, the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and the superintendent of the applicable school district.
(e) A first class city teacher retirement fund association may contract with the revisor of statutes for the preparation of the compilation.
(f) If a first class city teacher retirement fund association makes an updated copy of its articles of incorporation and bylaws available on its Web site, the retirement fund association is not obligated to file a hard copy of the documents under paragraph (d) for the applicable filing period. 354A.023 Never Effective
354A.026 Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 10 art 3 s 29
354A.03 Repealed, 1979 c 217 s 28
354A.04 Repealed, 1979 c 217 s 28
354A.05 Membership in a teachers retirement association in a city of the first class.
Teachers contributing to the respective teachers retirement fund association, as provided in this chapter and the articles of incorporation and the bylaws of the association, are entitled to the benefit of coverage by or entitlement to annuities or benefits from the association. All teachers in a city of the first class in which there exists a teachers retirement fund association are members of that teachers retirement fund association and participate in the benefits provided by the special retirement fund. 354A.051 MTRFA coverage for union business agents.
Subdivision 1. Authorization. A member of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association on a leave of absence from a teaching position with Special School District No. 1, and who is employed by an employee organization representing Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association active members, may elect under subdivision 2 to be a member of the coordinated program of the association for service with that employee organization, subject to the limitations specified in subdivisions 3, 4, and 5.
Subd. 2. Election. Except as indicated in subdivision 3, a person described in subdivision 1 must be covered by the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association coordinated program for employment with the employer organization if the person files a written election to be covered with the executive director of the teachers retirement fund association within 90 days of first being employed by the employee organization, or within 90 days of the start of the first leave of absence due to service as an employee organization business agent, whichever is later.
Subd. 3. Waiver of leave coverage. Coverage under this section does not apply to any leave period or portion of a leave period for which a person has received service credit or is eligible to receive service credit for the leave period under any leave of absence provision in chapter 354A, any other applicable law, or bylaws or articles of incorporation of the association. The person may waive eligibility to receive service credit under a leave of absence provision and be covered by this section for the applicable period by filing a waiver with the executive director within 90 days of the start of the leave.
Subd. 4. Covered salary limitation. (a) The covered salary for an employee of the employee organization covered by the coordinated program of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association under this section is limited to the lesser of:
(1) the person's actual salary from the employee organization as defined in section 354A.011, subdivision 24; or
(2) 75 percent of the salary of the governor as set under section 15A.082.
(b) The limited covered salary determined under this paragraph must be used in determining member, employer, and employer additional contributions under section 354A.12, and in determining annuities and other benefits under sections 354A.30 to 354A.41 and chapter 356.
Subd. 5. Annuity receipt requirements. A retirement annuity is only payable from the coordinated program of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association to a person described in subdivision 1 if the person has met all applicable requirements, including the termination by the person from employment by the employee organization and by the school district. The reemployed annuitant earnings limitation in section 354A.31, subdivision 3, applies if the person retires and is subsequently reemployed while an annuitant by the employee organization or by any other entity employing persons who are members of the applicable teachers retirement fund association by virtue of that employment.
Subd. 6. Contribution requirements. The member, employer, and employer additional contributions required by section 354A.12 are the obligation of the person who elects coverage by the coordinated program of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, but the employee organization may pay the employer and employer additional contributions. Contributions made by the person must be made by salary deduction. Contributions made by the employee organization must be made as provided in section 354A.12.
Subd. 7. Board ineligibility. A person employed by an employee organization who retains active membership in the teachers retirement fund association under this section is not eligible for election to the board of trustees of the teachers retirement fund association. 354A.06 Repealed, 1975 c 306 s 34
354A.07 Repealed, 1975 c 306 s 34
354A.08 Authorized investments.
A teachers retirement fund association may receive, hold, and dispose of real estate or personal property acquired by it, whether the acquisition was by purchase, or any other lawful means, as provided in this chapter or in the association's articles of incorporation. In addition to other authorized real estate investments, an association may also invest funds in Minnesota situs nonfarm real estate ownership interests or loans secured by mortgages or deeds of trust. 354A.09 Pro rata distribution of funds.
In the event that the assets of the special retirement fund of a teachers retirement fund association are not sufficient to pay annuities and other retirement benefits in full as they come due in any particular year, the amount of special retirement fund assets available for payment shall be prorated among those annuitants and beneficiaries entitled to receive annuities and other retirement benefits. 354A.091 Teachers on extended leave.
Subdivision 1. Retirement contributions. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary of this chapter or the articles of incorporation or bylaws of an association relating to the salary figure to be used for the determination of contributions or the accrual of service credit an elementary, secondary, or technical college teacher in the public schools of a city of the first class who is granted an extended leave of absence pursuant to section 122A.46, or a teacher who is granted an extended leave of absence under section 136F.43, may pay employee contributions to the applicable association and shall be entitled to receive allowable service credit in that association for each year of leave, provided the member and the employing board make the required employer contributions, in any proportion they may agree upon, to that association during the period of leave which shall not exceed five years. The state shall not make an employer contribution on behalf of the teacher. The employee and employer contributions shall be based upon the rates of contribution prescribed by section 354A.12 as applied to a salary figure equal to the teacher's actual covered salary for the plan year immediately preceding the leave. Payment of the employee and employer contributions authorized pursuant to this section shall be made on or before June 30 of the fiscal year for which service credit is to be received. No allowable service with respect to a year of extended leave of absence shall be credited to a teacher until payment of the required employee and employer contributions has been received by the association.
Subd. 1a. Exception for leaves since 1981-1982. Notwithstanding subdivision 1, the following provisions apply to elementary and secondary school and technical institute teachers whose extended leaves begin in the 1981-1982, 1982-1983, or 1983-1984 school year:
(a) A member whose application states the intention to pay employee contributions to the applicable association, requests state payment of the employer contribution, and is approved by the commissioner within the limits of section 125.60, subdivision 7, may pay employee contributions to the applicable association and receive allowable service credit in that association for each year of leave during the period of the leave, which shall not exceed five years;
(b) The state shall pay employer contributions for a member described in clause (a) for no more than the first three years of the leave, provided the member who is on extended leave pays the employee contribution to the applicable association by the payment date specified in subdivision 1;
(c) A member whose application is approved as to the member's eligibility under section 122A.46, subdivisions 1 and 2, but whose application does not request state payment of employer contributions or is disapproved as to state payment of employer contributions, or who is in the fourth or fifth year of leave affected by clause (b) may pay employee contributions and receive allowable service credit as provided in subdivision 1 if the member and the employing school board make the required employer contribution, in any proportion which they may agree upon, by the payment date specified in subdivision 1.
Subd. 1b. Pre-May 16, 1981, leave exception. Notwithstanding subdivision 1, the following provisions apply only to elementary, secondary, and area vocational technical school teachers whose extended leaves began in the 1978-1979, 1979-1980, or 1980-1981 school years:
(a) A member whose period of extended leave began on or before May 15, 1981, may pay employee contributions and receive allowable service credit toward annuities and other benefits under this chapter for each year of the leave during the period of the leave which does not exceed five years;
(b) The state shall pay employer contributions into the applicable fund for a member described in clause (a) for each year of the leave for which the member who is on extended leave pays the employee's contribution into the fund by the payment date specified in subdivision 1.
Subd. 2. Membership retention. A teacher on extended leave under either section 122A.46 or 136F.43 whose employee and employer contributions are made to the applicable teachers retirement fund association pursuant to subdivision 1 shall retain membership in the association for each year during which the contributions are made, under the same terms and conditions as if the teacher had continued to teach in the district.
Subd. 3. Effect of nonpayment. A teacher on extended leave under either section 122A.46 or 136F.43 who does not make employee contributions or whose employer contribution is not made to the applicable teachers retirement fund association in any year shall be deemed to have ceased to be an active member of the association and to have ceased to render teaching services beginning in that year for purposes of this chapter and the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the association, and may not pay employee or employer contributions into the fund in any subsequent year of the leave. Nonpayment of contributions into the fund shall not affect the rights or obligations of the teacher or the employing school district under section 122A.46 or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system under section 136F.43.
Subd. 4. Teachers who do not resume service. If a teacher who has made employee contributions to the applicable teachers retirement fund association for the agreed maximum duration of an extended leave does not resume teaching service in the first school year after that maximum duration has elapsed, the teacher shall be deemed to have ceased to be an active member of the association and to have ceased to render teaching services beginning in that first school year after that maximum duration has elapsed for purposes of this chapter and the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the association.
Subd. 5. Applicability. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a teacher who is discharged pursuant to section 122A.41 while the teacher is on an extended leave of absence pursuant to section 122A.46. The provisions of this section also do not apply to a teacher who is discharged for cause while the teacher is on an extended leave of absence under section 136F.43.
Subd. 6. Exclusive coverage. A teacher who makes employee contributions to and receives allowable service credit in the applicable teacher's retirement fund association pursuant to this section may not make employee contributions or receive allowable service credit for the same period of time in any other Minnesota public employee pension plan, except a volunteer firefighters relief association governed by sections 69.771 to 69.776. This subdivision shall not be construed to prohibit a member who pays employee contributions and receives allowable service credit in the fund pursuant to this section in any year from being employed as a substitute teacher by any school district during that year. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or the bylaws of a retirement association, a teacher may not pay retirement contributions or receive allowable service credit in the fund for teaching service rendered for any part of any year for which the teacher pays retirement contributions or receives allowable service credit pursuant to section 354.094 or this section while on an extended leave of absence under either section 122A.46 or 136F.43. 354A.092 Sabbatical leave.
Any teacher in the coordinated program of either the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association or any teacher in the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association who is granted a sabbatical leave shall be entitled to receive allowable service credit in the applicable association for periods of sabbatical leave. To obtain the service credit, the teacher on sabbatical leave shall make an employee contribution to the applicable association. No teacher shall be entitled to receive more than three years of allowable service credit pursuant to this section for a period or periods of sabbatical leave during any ten consecutive fiscal or calendar years, whichever is the applicable plan year for the teachers retirement fund association. If the teacher granted a sabbatical leave makes the employee contribution for a period of sabbatical leave pursuant to this section, the employing unit shall make an employer contribution on behalf of the teacher to the applicable association for that period of sabbatical leave in the manner described in section 354A.12, subdivision 2a. The employee and employer contributions shall be in an amount equal to the employee and employer contribution rates in effect for other active members of the association covered by the same program applied to a salary figure equal to the teacher's actual covered salary for the plan year immediately preceding the sabbatical leave period. Payment of the employee contribution authorized pursuant to this section shall be made by the teacher on or before June 30 of year next following the year in which the sabbatical leave terminated and shall be made without interest. For sabbatical leaves taken after June 30, 1986, the required employer contributions shall be paid by the employing unit within 30 days after notification by the association of the amount due. If the employee contributions for the sabbatical leave period are less than an amount equal to the applicable contribution rate applied to a salary figure equal to the teacher's actual covered salary for the plan year immediately preceding the sabbatical leave period, service credit shall be prorated. The prorated service credit shall be determined by the ratio between the amount of the actual payment which was made and the full contribution amount payable pursuant to this section. 354A.093 Break in service to provide uniformed service.
Subdivision 1. Eligibility. Any teacher in the coordinated program of either the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association or any teacher in the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association who is absent from employment by reason of service in the uniformed services as defined in United States Code, title 38, section 4303(13) and who returns to the employer providing active teaching service upon discharge from uniformed service within the time frames required under United States Code, title 38, section 4312(e), may receive allowable service credit in the applicable association for all or a portion of the period of uniformed service, provided that the teacher did not separate from uniformed service with a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge or under other than honorable conditions.
Subd. 2. Contributions. If the teacher makes the equivalent employee contribution for a period of service provided to the uniformed services under this section, the employing unit shall make an equivalent employer contribution on behalf of the teacher to the applicable association for the period being purchased in the manner described in section 354A.12, subdivision 2a. The equivalent employee and employer contributions must be in an amount equal to the employee and employer contribution rates in effect for other active members of the association covered by the same program applied to a salary figure equal to the teacher's average annual salary rate that the teacher would have received if the leave or break in service had not occurred, or if the determination of that average salary rate is not reasonably certain, on the basis of the teacher's average salary rate during the 12-month period immediately preceding the period, or, if the preceding period is less than 12 months, the annualized rate derived from the teacher's average salary rate during the period of teacher employment rendered immediately preceding the period of uniformed service, with the result multiplied by the number of full and fractional years constituting the period of service provided to the uniformed service which the teacher is authorized to purchase under this section.
Subd. 3. Prorating. If the payments made by a teacher under this section are less than the full amount determined under subdivision 2, the service credit must be prorated. The prorated service credit must be determined by the ratio between the amount of the actual equivalent employee payment which was made and the full equivalent employee payment required under this section.
Subd. 4. Eligible payment period. (a) To receive service credit under this section, the contributions specified in this section must be transmitted to the applicable first class city teachers retirement fund association during the period which begins with the date the individual returns to teaching service and which has a duration of three times the length of the uniformed service period, but not to exceed five years.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), if the payment period determined under paragraph (a) is less than one year, the contributions required under this section to receive service credit may be made within one year from the discharge date.
Subd. 5. Limits on service credit. The amount of service credit obtainable under this section may not exceed five years, unless a longer purchase period is required under United States Code, title 38, section 4312.
Subd. 6. Interest requirements. The employer shall pay interest on all equivalent employee and employer contribution amounts payable under this section. Interest must be computed at a rate of 8.5 percent compounded annually from the end of each fiscal year of the leave or break in service to the end of the month in which payment is received. 354A.094 Qualified part-time teachers; participation in fund.
Subdivision 1. Teachers, defined. For purposes of this section, the term "teachers" shall have the meaning given in section 122A.15, subdivision 1, except that the term shall not include superintendents.
Subd. 2. Part-time teaching position, defined. For purposes of this section, the term "part-time teaching position" shall mean a teaching position within the district in which the teacher is employed for at least 50 full days or a fractional equivalent of 50 full days calculated using the appropriate minimum number of hours which would result in a full day of service credit by the appropriate association and for which the teacher is compensated in an amount not to exceed 80 percent of the compensation rate established by the board for a full-time teacher with identical education and experience within the district.
Subd. 3. Qualified part-time teacher program participation requirements. (a) A teacher in the public schools of a city of the first class who has three years or more allowable service in the applicable retirement fund association or three years or more of full-time teaching service in Minnesota public elementary schools, Minnesota secondary schools, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system may, by agreement with the board of the employing district, be assigned to teaching service within the district in a part-time teaching position. The agreement must be executed before October 1 of the year for which the teacher requests to make retirement contributions under subdivision 4. A copy of the executed agreement must be filed with the executive director of the retirement fund association. If the copy of the executed agreement is filed with the association after October 1 of the year for which the teacher requests to make retirement contributions under subdivision 4, the employing school district shall pay a fine of $5 for each calendar day that elapsed since the October 1 due date. The association may not accept an executed agreement that is received by the association more than 15 months late. The association may not waive the fine required by this section.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), if the teacher is also a legislator:
(1) the agreement in paragraph (a) must be executed before March 1 of the school year for which the teacher requests to make retirement contributions under subdivision 4; and
(2) the fines specified in paragraph (a) apply if the employing unit does not file the executed agreement with the executive director of the applicable Teachers Retirement Fund Association by March 1.
Subd. 4. Retirement contributions. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this chapter or the articles of incorporation or bylaws of an association relating to the salary figure to be used for the determination of contributions or the accrual of service credit, a teacher assigned to a part-time position under this section shall continue to make employee contributions to and to accrue allowable service credit in the applicable association during the period of part-time employment on the same basis and in the same amounts as would have been paid and accrued if the teacher had been employed on a full-time basis provided that, prior to June 30 each year the member and the employing board make that portion of the required employer contribution to the applicable association in any proportion which they may agree upon, that is based on the difference between the amount of compensation that would have been paid if the teacher had been employed on a full-time basis and the amount of compensation actually received by the teacher for services rendered in the part-time assignment. The employer contributions to the applicable association on behalf of the teacher shall be based on the amount of compensation actually received by the teacher for the services rendered in the part-time assignment in the manner described in section 354A.12, subdivision 2a. The employee and employer contributions shall be based upon the rates of contribution prescribed by section 354A.12. Full membership, accrual of allowable service credit and employee contributions for part-time teaching service by a teacher pursuant to this section and section 354.66 shall not continue for a period longer than ten years.
Subd. 4a. Repealed, 1987 c 398 art 7 s 43
Subd. 5. Limits on outside coverage. A teacher entitled to full membership, accrual of allowable service credit and employee contributions for part time teaching service pursuant to this section shall not be entitled during the same period of time to be a member of, accrue allowable service credit in or make employee contributions to any other Minnesota public pension plan, except a volunteer firefighters relief association governed by sections 69.771 to 69.776.
Subd. 6. Insurance. A board of an employing district entering into an agreement authorized by this section shall take all steps necessary to assure continuance of any insurance programs furnished or authorized a full-time teacher on an identical basis and with identical sharing of costs for a part time teacher pursuant to this section.
Subd. 7. Qualification. Only teachers who are in the bargaining unit as defined in section 179A.03, subdivision 7, during the year preceding the period of part time employment pursuant to this section shall qualify for full membership in, accrual of service credit from, and employee contributions to a teachers retirement fund association for part time teaching service pursuant to subdivision 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 179A.03, subdivision 14, clauses (e) and (f), teachers who are employed on a part time basis for purposes of this section and who would therefore be disqualified from the bargaining unit by one or both of those provisions, shall continue to be in the bargaining unit during the period of part time employment pursuant to this section for purposes of compensation, fringe benefits and the grievance procedure.
Subd. 8. One district limit. No teacher shall qualify for full membership in, accrual of service credit from and employee contributions to the Teachers Retirement Association or a teachers retirement fund association for part time teaching service pursuant to subdivision 4 or section 354.66, subdivision 4, in more than one district at the same time. No teacher shall qualify for full membership in, accrual of service credit from and employee contributions to a teachers retirement fund association during part time employment in a district pursuant to this section in any year if the teacher also takes a full time or part time teaching position in another Minnesota school district.
Subd. 9. Repealed, 1987 c 398 art 7 s 43
Subd. 10. Nonqualified part-time positions. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of a school board to assign a teacher to a part time teaching position which does not qualify for employee contributions to a teachers retirement fund association pursuant to this section.
Subd. 11. Substitute teaching; no coverage overlap. Neither subdivision 5 nor subdivision 8 shall be construed to prohibit a teacher who qualifies for full membership in, accrual of service credit from and employee contributions to a teachers retirement fund association pursuant to this section in any year from being employed as a substitute teacher by any school district during that year. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or the bylaws of a retirement association, a teacher may not pay retirement contributions or receive allowable service credit in the funds for other teaching service rendered for any part of any year for which the teacher qualifies for full membership in, accrual of service credit from and employee contributions to the Teachers Retirement Association or a teachers retirement fund association pursuant to section 354.66 or this section.
Subd. 12. Information supplied by district. Each school district covered by the provisions of this chapter shall furnish to the appropriate teachers retirement fund association whatever information and reports deemed necessary by the board of trustees of the applicable teachers retirement fund association to administer the provisions of this section. 354A.095 Parental and maternity leave.
Basic or coordinated members of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and new coordinated members of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association, who are granted parental or maternity leave of absence by the employing authority, are entitled to obtain service credit not to exceed one year for the period of leave upon payment to the applicable fund by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the leave of absence terminated. The amount of the payment must include the total required employee and employer contributions for the period of leave prescribed in section 354A.12. Payment must be based on the member's average monthly salary rate upon return to teaching service, and is payable without interest. Payment must be accompanied by a certified or otherwise adequate copy of the resolution or action of the employing authority granting or approving the leave. 354A.096 Medical leave.
Any teacher in the coordinated program of either the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association who is on an authorized medical leave of absence and subsequently returns to teaching service is entitled to receive allowable service credit, not to exceed one year, for the period of leave, upon making the prescribed payment to the fund. This payment must include the required employee and employer contributions at the rates specified in section 354A.12, subdivisions 1 and 2, as applied to the member's average full-time monthly salary rate on the date the leave of absence commenced plus annual interest at the rate of 8.5 percent per year from the end of the fiscal year during which the leave terminates to the end of the month during which payment is made. The member must pay the total amount required unless the employing unit, at its option, pays the employer contributions. The total amount required must be paid by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the leave of absence terminated or before the member retires, whichever is earlier. Payment must be accompanied by a copy of the resolution or action of the employing authority granting the leave and the employing authority, upon granting the leave, must certify the leave to the association in a manner specified by the executive director. A member may not receive more than one year of allowable service credit during any fiscal year by making payment under this section. A member may not receive disability benefits under section 354A.36 and receive allowable service credit under this section for the same period of time. 354A.097 Prior or uncredited military service credit purchase.
Subdivision 1. Service credit purchase authorized. A teacher who has at least three years of allowable service credit with the teachers retirement fund association and who performed service in the United States armed forces before becoming a teacher as defined in section 354A.011, subdivision 27, or who failed to obtain service credit for a military leave of absence period under section 354A.093, is entitled to purchase allowable service credit for the initial period of enlistment, induction, or call to active duty without any voluntary extension by making payment under section 356.551 if the teacher has not purchased service credit from another Minnesota defined benefit public employee pension plan for the same period of service.
Subd. 2. Application and documentation. A teacher who desires to purchase service credit under subdivision 1 must apply with the executive director or secretary of the respective teachers retirement fund association to make the purchase. The application must include all necessary documentation of the teacher's qualifications to make the purchase, signed written permission to allow the executive director or secretary to request and receive necessary verification of applicable facts and eligibility requirements, and any other relevant information that the executive director or secretary may require. Payment must be made before the teacher's effective date of retirement.
Subd. 3. Service credit grant. Allowable service credit for the purchase period must be granted by the applicable teachers retirement fund association to the purchasing teacher on receipt of the purchase payment amount. 354A.098 MS 2002 Repealed, 1999 c 222 art 16 s 16; 2002 c 392 art 7 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 2; 2004 c 267 art 17 s 6
354A.099 MS 2002 Repealed, 1999 c 222 art 16 s 16; 2002 c 392 art 7 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 2; 2004 c 267 art 17 s 6
354A.10 Repealed, 1979 c 217 s 28
354A.101 MS 2002 Repealed, 1999 c 222 art 16 s 16; 2002 c 392 art 7 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 2; 2004 c 267 art 17 s 6
354A.102 MS 2002 Repealed, 1999 c 222 art 16 s 16; 2002 c 392 art 7 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 2; 2004 c 267 art 17 s 6
354A.103 MS 2002 Repealed, 1999 c 222 art 16 s 16; 2002 c 392 art 7 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 2; 2004 c 267 art 17 s 6
354A.104 MS 2002 Repealed, 1999 c 222 art 16 s 16; 2002 c 392 art 7 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 2; 2004 c 267 art 17 s 6
354A.105 Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association; purchase of allowable service credit for teaching service outside Minnesota.
(a) Notwithstanding any law, article of incorporation, or bylaw provision of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association to the contrary, an active member who has engaged in other elementary or secondary public school teaching employment either outside the state of Minnesota, but rendered in the United States, or for the federal government before first becoming a member of the association and who has met the qualifications of paragraph (b) may elect to purchase and receive allowable service credit in the applicable program of the association for qualified prior service in other elementary or secondary public school teaching employment that satisfies the requirements of paragraph (c) by making the required payment under paragraph (d).
(b) A member may elect to purchase allowable service credit for other elementary or secondary public school teaching employment under this subdivision if:
(1) the member has at least three years of allowable service credit in the applicable program of the association; and
(2) the member did not and could not receive accrued benefits by leaving the person's accumulated member contributions with any other retirement system under the applicable law in effect at the termination of the other public employment.
(c) Service in other elementary or secondary public school teaching employment rendered in the United States qualifies for purchase under this subdivision if the service to be credited:
(1) does not exceed the lesser of ten years or the member's total years of allowable teaching service in the Minneapolis public schools at the time of the purchase;
(2) is equivalent to full-time allowable service as determined in accordance with the statutes and rules applicable to the association at the time of the purchase;
(3) is purchased in full year increments;
(4) is not for a period of service that has been used by the member to qualify for an annuity from any other public school retirement fund or system, as certified by the chief administrative officer of the applicable retirement system; and
(5) is not available to be used for the purpose of qualifying the member for a disability benefit from the association.
(d) For a person eligible to purchase credit for qualifying service under this subdivision, there must be paid to the association an amount equal to the present value, on the date of payment, of the amount of the additional retirement annuity that would be obtained by virtue of the purchase of the additional service credit, using the applicable preretirement interest rate specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8, and the mortality table adopted for the retirement fund association and assuming continuous future service in the retirement fund association until the age at which the minimum requirements are met for normal retirement with an annuity unreduced for retirement before the normal retirement age, including the provisions of section 356.30, and also assuming a future salary history that includes increases at the applicable rate assumed under section 356.215, subdivision 8.
(e) Payments under this section must be made only by the member. The employer unit may not make any payment to or on behalf of any member for the purpose of purchasing service credit under this section.
(f) This section is repealed effective July 1, 2005. On or before January 1, 2006, Special School District No. 1 and the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall jointly report to the legislature and the governor on the effects of the provisions under this section on the district, fund, and members. The report shall include information on use of the service credit purchase provisions, the usefulness of this section in promoting the recruitment and retention objectives of the district, and the portability of pension benefits for teachers and school administrative personnel. 354A.106 MS 2002 Expired
354A.107 Repealed, 2004 c 267 art 9 s 25
354A.108 Payment by teachers collecting workers' compensation.
(a) A member of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association who is receiving temporary workers' compensation payments related to the member's teaching service and who either is receiving a reduced salary from the employer or is receiving no salary from the employer is entitled to receive allowable service credit for the period of time that the member is receiving the workers' compensation payments upon making the required payment amount.
(b) The required amount payable by the member must be calculated first by determining the differential salary amount, which is the difference between the salary received, if any, during the period of time that the member is collecting workers' compensation payments, and the salary that the member received for an identical length period immediately before collecting the workers' compensation payments. The member shall pay an amount equal to the employee contribution rate under section 354A.12, subdivision 1, multiplied by the differential salary amount.
(c) If the member makes the employee payment under this section, the employing unit shall make an employer payment to the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association equal to the employer contribution rate under section 354A.12, subdivision 2a, multiplied by the differential salary amount.
(d) Payments made under this subdivision are payable without interest if paid by June 30 of the year during which the workers' compensation payments are received by the member. If paid after June 30, payments made under this subdivision must include interest at the rate of 8.5 percent per year. Payment under this section must be completed within one year of the termination of the workers' compensation payments to the member. 354A.109 MS 2002 Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 12 art 6 s 7
354A.1095 MS 2002 Expired
354A.11 Certain money and credits of teachers exempt.
All money deposited by a teacher or member or deposited by any other person or corporation, municipal or private, to the credit of a teacher or member of a teachers retirement fund association organized pursuant to this chapter, and all money, rights, and interests or annuities due or to become due to a teacher, member, or annuitant, or their beneficiaries, from any association shall not be assignable, shall be exempt from garnishment, attachment, and execution or sale on any final process issued from a court and other legal process, except as provided in section 518.58, 518.581, or 518.6111, and shall not be subject to the estate tax provisions of this state. 354A.12 Contributions by employee and employer.
Subdivision 1. Employee contributions. The contribution required to be paid by each member of a teachers retirement fund association shall not be less than the percentage of total salary specified below for the applicable association and program:
Association and Program Percentage of
Total Salary
Duluth Teachers Retirement
Association
old law and new law
coordinated programs 5.5 percent
Minneapolis Teachers Retirement
Association
basic program 8.5 percent
coordinated program 5.5 percent
St. Paul Teachers Retirement
Association
basic program 8 percent
coordinated program 5.5 percent
Contributions shall be made by deduction from salary and must be remitted directly to the respective teachers retirement fund association at least once each month.
Subd. 1a. Obligation for omitted salary deductions. If the full required contributions are not deducted from the salary of a teacher, payment of the shortage in such deductions is the sole obligation of the employing unit during the three-year period following the end of the fiscal year in which the shortage occurred. The shortage is payable by the employing unit upon notification of the shortage by the executive director of the applicable retirement fund association. The employing unit shall also pay any employer contributions related to the shortage. The amount of the shortage in employee contributions and associated employer contributions is payable with interest at the preretirement interest assumption for the retirement fund as specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8, stated as a monthly rate from the date due until the date payment is received in the office of the association, with a minimum interest charge of $10. If the shortage payment and interest is not paid by the employing unit within 60 days of notification, the executive director shall certify the amount of the shortage payment and interest to the commissioner of finance, who shall deduct the amount from any state aid or appropriation amount applicable to the employing unit.
Subd. 2. Retirement contribution levy disallowed. Except as provided in subdivision 3b and in section 423A.02, subdivision 3, with respect to the city of Minneapolis and special school district No. 1 and in section 423A.02, subdivision 3, with respect to independent school district No. 625, notwithstanding any law to the contrary, levies for teachers retirement fund associations in cities of the first class, including levies for any employer Social Security taxes for teachers covered by the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association or the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, are disallowed.
Subd. 2a. Employer regular and additional contribution rates. (a) The employing units shall make the following employer contributions to teachers retirement fund associations:
(1) for any coordinated member of a teachers retirement fund association in a city of the first class, the employing unit shall pay the employer Social Security taxes in accordance with section 355.46, subdivision 3, clause (b);
(2) for any coordinated member of one of the following teachers retirement fund associations in a city of the first class, the employing unit shall make a regular employer contribution to the respective retirement fund association in an amount equal to the designated percentage of the salary of the coordinated member as provided below:
Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association 4.50 percent Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association 4.50 percent St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association 4.50 percent;
(3) for any basic member of one of the following teachers retirement fund associations in a city of the first class, the employing unit shall make a regular employer contribution to the respective retirement fund in an amount equal to the designated percentage of the salary of the basic member as provided below:
Minneapolis Teachers Retirement
Fund Association 8.50 percent
St. Paul Teachers Retirement
Fund Association 8.00 percent
(4) for a basic member of a teachers retirement fund association in a city of the first class, the employing unit shall make an additional employer contribution to the respective fund in an amount equal to the designated percentage of the salary of the basic member, as provided below:
Minneapolis Teachers Retirement
Fund Association
July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994 4.85 percent
July 1, 1994, and thereafter 3.64 percent
St. Paul Teachers Retirement
Fund Association
July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1995 4.63 percent
July 1, 1995, and thereafter 3.64 percent
(5) for a coordinated member of a teachers retirement fund association in a city of the first class, the employing unit shall make an additional employer contribution to the respective fund in an amount equal to the applicable percentage of the coordinated member's salary, as provided below:
Duluth Teachers Retirement
Fund Association 1.29 percent
Minneapolis Teachers Retirement
Fund Association
July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994 0.50 percent
July 1, 1994, and thereafter 3.64 percent
St. Paul Teachers Retirement
Fund Association
July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994 0.50 percent
July 1, 1994 - June 30, 1995 1.50 percent
July 1, 1997, and thereafter 3.84 percent
(b) The regular and additional employer contributions must be remitted directly to the respective teachers retirement fund association at least once each month. Delinquent amounts are payable with interest under the procedure in subdivision 1a.
(c) Payments of regular and additional employer contributions for school district or technical college employees who are paid from normal operating funds must be made from the appropriate fund of the district or technical college.
Subd. 2b. Repealed, 1997 c 233 art 3 s 12
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 12 art 11 s 22
Subd. 3a. Special direct state aid to first class city teachers retirement fund associations. (a) In fiscal year 1998, the state shall pay $4,827,000 to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, $17,954,000 to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and $486,000 to the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association. In each subsequent fiscal year, these payments to the first class city teachers retirement fund associations must be $2,827,000 for St. Paul, $12,954,000 for Minneapolis, and $486,000 for Duluth.
(b) The direct state aids under this subdivision are payable October 1 annually. The commissioner of finance shall pay the direct state aid. The amount required under this subdivision is appropriated annually from the general fund to the commissioner of finance.
Subd. 3b. Special direct state matching aid to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association. (a) Special School District No. 1 may make an additional employer contribution to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association. The city of Minneapolis may make a contribution to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association. This contribution may be made by a levy of the board of estimate and taxation of the city of Minneapolis and the levy, if made, is classified as that of a special taxing district for purposes of sections 275.065 and 276.04, and for all other property tax purposes.
(b) For every $1,000 contributed in equal proportion by Special School District No. 1 and by the city of Minneapolis to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association under paragraph (a), the state shall pay to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association $1,000, but not to exceed $2,500,000 in total in fiscal year 1994. The superintendent of Special School District No. 1, the mayor of the city of Minneapolis, and the executive director of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall jointly certify to the commissioner of finance the total amount that has been contributed by Special School District No. 1 and by the city of Minneapolis to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association. Any certification to the commissioner of education must be made quarterly. If the total certifications for a fiscal year exceed the maximum annual direct state matching aid amount in any quarter, the amount of direct state matching aid payable to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association must be limited to the balance of the maximum annual direct state matching aid amount available. The amount required under this paragraph, subject to the maximum direct state matching aid amount, is appropriated annually to the commissioner of finance.
(c) The commissioner of finance may prescribe the form of the certifications required under paragraph (b).
Subd. 3c. Termination of supplemental contributions and direct matching and state aid. (a) The supplemental contributions payable to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association by special school district No. 1 and the city of Minneapolis under section 423A.02, subdivision 3, or to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association by Independent School District No. 625 under section 423A.02, subdivision 3, or the direct state aids under subdivision 3a to the first class city teachers retirement associations, and the direct matching and state aid under subdivision 3b to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association terminate for the respective fund at the end of the fiscal year in which the accrued liability funding ratio for that fund, as determined in the most recent actuarial report for that fund by the actuary retained by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, equals or exceeds the accrued liability funding ratio for the teachers retirement association, as determined in the most recent actuarial report for the Teachers Retirement Association by the actuary retained by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.
(b) If the state direct matching, state supplemental, or state aid is terminated for a first class city teachers retirement fund association under paragraph (a), it may not again be received by that fund.
(c) If either the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, or the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association remain funded at less than the funding ratio applicable to the teachers retirement association when the provisions of paragraph (b) become effective, then any state aid not distributed to that association must be immediately transferred to the other associations in proportion to the relative sizes of their unfunded actuarial accrued liabilities.
Subd. 3d. Supplemental administrative expense assessment. (a) The active and retired membership of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association and of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association is responsible for defraying supplemental administrative expenses other than investment expenses of the respective teacher retirement fund association.
(b) Investment expenses of the teachers retirement fund association are those expenses incurred by or on behalf of the retirement fund in connection with the investment of the assets of the retirement fund other than investment security transaction costs. Other administrative expenses are all expenses incurred by or on behalf of the retirement fund for all other retirement fund functions other than the investment of retirement fund assets. Investment and other administrative expenses must be accounted for using generally accepted accounting principles and in a manner consistent with the comprehensive annual financial report of the teachers retirement fund association for the immediately previous fiscal year under section 356.20.
(c) Supplemental administrative expenses other than investment expenses of a first class city teacher retirement fund association are those expenses for the fiscal year that:
(1) exceed, for the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association $443,745, or for the Minneapolis Teacher Retirement Fund Association $671,513, plus, in each case, an additional amount derived by applying the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers All Items Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor since July 1, 2001, to the applicable dollar amount; and
(2) exceed the amount computed by applying the most recent percentage of pay administrative expense amount, other than investment expenses, for the teachers retirement association governed by chapter 354 to the covered payroll of the respective teachers retirement fund association for the fiscal year.
(d) The board of trustees of each first class city teachers retirement fund association shall allocate the total dollar amount of supplemental administrative expenses other than investment expenses determined under paragraph (c), clause (2), among the various active and retired membership groups of the teachers retirement fund association and shall assess the various membership groups their respective share of the supplemental administrative expenses other than investment expenses, in amounts determined by the board of trustees. The supplemental administrative expense assessments must be paid by the membership group in a manner determined by the board of trustees of the respective teachers retirement association. Supplemental administrative expenses payable by the active members of the pension plan must be picked up by the employer in accordance with section 356.62.
(e) With respect to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the supplemental administrative expense assessment must be fully disclosed to the various active and retired membership groups of the teachers retirement fund association. The chief administrative officer of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall prepare a supplemental administrative expense assessment disclosure notice, which must include the following:
(1) the total amount of administrative expenses of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the amount of the investment expenses of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and the net remaining amount of administrative expenses of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association;
(2) the amount of administrative expenses for the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association that would be equivalent to the teachers retirement association noninvestment administrative expense level described in paragraph (c);
(3) the total amount of supplemental administrative expenses required for assessment calculated under paragraph (c);
(4) the portion of the total amount of the supplemental administrative expense assessment allocated to each membership group and the rationale for that allocation;
(5) the manner of collecting the supplemental administrative expense assessment from each membership group, the number of assessment payments required during the year, and the amount of each payment or the procedure used to determine each payment; and
(6) any other information that the chief administrative officer determines is necessary to fairly portray the manner in which the supplemental administrative expense assessment was determined and allocated.
(f) The disclosure notice must be provided annually in the annual report of the association.
(g) The supplemental administrative expense assessments must be deposited in the applicable teachers retirement fund upon receipt.
(h) Any omitted active membership group assessments that remain undeducted and unpaid to the teachers retirement fund association for 90 days must be paid by the respective school district. The school district may recover any omitted active membership group assessment amounts that it has previously paid. The teachers retirement fund association shall deduct any omitted retired membership group assessment amounts from the benefits next payable after the discovery of the omitted amounts.
Subd. 4. Limitation on certain articles of incorporation or bylaw amendments. No amendment to the bylaws or articles of incorporation of a teachers retirement fund association in a city of the first class affecting benefits, contributions or actuarial assumptions shall be made without approval by the legislature. Approval shall be deemed granted and the amendment shall become effective only upon enactment of special or general legislation detailing the substance of the amendment and upon submission of the text of the proposed amendment to the articles of incorporation or bylaws by the teachers retirement fund association involved to the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement prior to the effective date of the amendment. Notwithstanding any provision of the articles of incorporation or bylaws to the contrary, amendments may be adopted at an annual meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose, without further local approval.
Subd. 5. Reporting and remittance requirements. (a) Each employing unit shall provide to the appropriate teachers retirement fund association the following member data regarding all new or returning employees before the employee's first payroll date in a format approved by the executive secretary or director. Data changes and the dates of those changes must be reported to the association on an ongoing basis for the payroll cycle in which they occur. Data on the member includes:
(1) legal name, address, date of birth, association member number, employer-assigned employee number, and Social Security number;
(2) association status, including, but not limited to, basic, coordinated, exempt annuitant, exempt technical college teacher, or exempt independent contractor or consultant;
(3) employment status, including, but not limited to, full time, part time, intermittent, substitute, or part-time mobility;
(4) employment position, including, but not limited to, teacher, superintendent, principal, administrator, or other;
(5) employment activity, including, but not limited to, hire, termination, resumption of employment, disability, or death;
(6) leaves of absence; and
(7) other information as may be required by the association.
(b) Each employing unit shall provide the following data to the appropriate association for each payroll cycle in a format approved by the executive secretary or director:
(1) an association member number;
(2) employer-assigned employee number;
(3) Social Security number;
(4) amount of each salary deduction;
(5) amount of salary as defined in section 354A.011, subdivision 24, from which each deduction was made;
(6) reason for payment;
(7) service credit;
(8) the beginning and ending dates of the payroll period covered and the date of actual payment;
(9) fiscal year of salary earnings;
(10) total remittance amount including employee, employer, and employer additional contributions; and
(11) other information as may be required by the association.
(c) On or before August 1 each year, each employing unit must report to the appropriate association giving an itemized summary for the preceding 12 months of the total amount that was withheld from the salaries of teachers for deductions and all other information required by the association.
(d) An employing unit that does not comply with the reporting requirements under this section shall pay a fine of $5 per calendar day until the association receives the required member data.
(e) An employing unit shall remit all amounts that are due to the association and shall furnish for each pay period an itemized statement indicating the total amount that is due and is transmitted with any other information required by the association. All amounts due and other employer obligations that are not remitted within 30 days of notification by the association must be certified by the director or secretary to the commissioner of finance, who shall deduct the amount from any state aid or appropriation amount applicable to the employing unit and shall transmit the deducted amount to the applicable association. 354A.13 Repealed, 1979 c 217 s 28
354A.21 Proportionate annuity.
A teacher who terminates employment at any time during the academic year at the end of which the teacher is required to terminate employment pursuant to this section shall be entitled upon application to a proportionate retirement annuity pursuant to section 356.32. Nothing contained in this section shall preclude a district from employing a retired teacher as a substitute teacher but upon having earned an amount equal to the annual maximum earnings allowable for that age for the continued receipt of full benefit amounts monthly under the federal old age, survivors and disability insurance program as set by the secretary of health and human services pursuant to the provisions of United States Code, title 42, section 403, in any academic year from employment as a substitute teacher, any person over the age of 70 years shall terminate employment for the remainder of that academic year. No person employed as a substitute teacher after reaching the normal retirement age and who has retired under this chapter shall resume membership in the teachers retirement fund association by virtue of the employment as a substitute teacher. 354A.22 Repealed, 1980 c 509 s 140
354A.23 Minneapolis and St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Associations; basic programs.
Subdivision 1. Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association basic program. There is established within the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association a basic program which shall be a continuation of the retirement program in existence prior to July 1, 1978 to provide retirement coverage for teachers who are not covered by any agreement or modification made between the state and the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare making the provisions of the federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act applicable to certain teachers covered by the teachers retirement fund association. The provisions governing the basic program shall be the applicable portions of this chapter, the articles of incorporation and bylaws in effect as of March 31, 1975, the amendments to the articles of incorporation and bylaws adopted subsequent to legislative approval contained in Laws 1976, chapter 238, section 13 and Laws 1977, chapter 429, section 59, and any applicable amendments to the articles of incorporation or bylaws adopted subsequent to July 1, 1979 in accordance with the provisions of section 354A.12, subdivision 4.
Subd. 2. St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association basic program. There is established within the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association a basic program which shall be a continuation of the retirement program in existence prior to July 1, 1978 to provide retirement coverage for teachers who are not covered by any agreement or modification made between the state and the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare making the provisions of the federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act applicable to certain teachers covered by the teachers retirement fund association. The provisions governing the basic program shall be the applicable portions of this chapter, the articles of incorporation and bylaws in effect as of March 31, 1976, the amendments to the articles of incorporation and bylaws adopted subsequent to legislative approval contained in Laws 1976, chapter 238, section 14, and Laws 1977, chapter 429, section 60, the provisions of Laws 1977, chapter 429, section 61, and any applicable amendments to the articles of incorporation or bylaws adopted subsequent to July 1, 1979 in accordance with the provisions of section 354A.12, subdivision 4.
Subd. 3. Eligibility for refunds and interest. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the articles and bylaws of the basic programs enumerated in chapter 354A, eligibility for payment and the payment of interest on refunds and interest on repayment of refunds shall be determined in the same manner as for the coordinated programs covered by this chapter. 354A.24 Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association coordinated programs.
There is established within the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association for teachers who are covered by an agreement or modification made between the state and the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare making the provisions of the federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act applicable to teachers covered by the teachers retirement fund association, two coordinated programs:
(1) an old law coordinated program to provide retirement coverage for teachers who were first employed prior to July 1, 1981 and do not elect to be covered by the new law coordinated program, which program shall be a continuation of the retirement program in existence prior to July 1, 1978; and
(2) a new law coordinated program to provide retirement coverage for teachers who were first employed on or subsequent to July 1, 1981 or for teachers who were first employed prior to July 1, 1981 and elect to be covered by the new law coordinated program. The provisions governing the old law coordinated program shall be the portions of this chapter which do not apply specifically to a coordinated program or a coordinated or former coordinated member, the articles of incorporation and bylaws in effect as of March 31, 1975, the provisions of Laws 1976, chapter 238, section 15, and any applicable amendments to the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the teachers retirement fund association adopted subsequent to July 1, 1979 in accordance with the provisions of section 354A.12, subdivision 4. The provisions governing the new law coordinated program shall be sections 354A.31 to 354A.41 and any other applicable portions of this chapter, the provisions of Laws 1981, chapter 269, sections 9 and 10, and any applicable amendments to the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the teachers retirement fund association adopted subsequent to July 1, 1981 in accordance with the provisions of section 354A.12, subdivision 4.
354A.27 Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association; postretirement adjustment mechanism.
Subdivision 1. Postretirement adjustment modification. Any postretirement adjustment payable from the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association must be computed and paid according to this section.
Subd. 2. Repealed, 1995 c 262 art 2 s 14
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1995 c 262 art 2 s 14
Subd. 4. Repealed, 1995 c 262 art 2 s 14
Subd. 5. Calculation of postretirement adjustments. (a) Annually, after June 30, the board of trustees determines the amount of any postretirement adjustment using the procedures in this subdivision and subdivision 6.
(b) Each person who has been receiving an annuity or benefit under the articles of incorporation, bylaws, or under this section for at least 12 months as of the date of the postretirement adjustment shall be eligible for a postretirement adjustment. The postretirement adjustment shall be payable each January 1. The postretirement adjustment shall be equal to two percent of the annuity or benefit to which the person is entitled one month prior to the payment of the postretirement adjustment.
Subd. 6. Additional increase. (a) In addition to the postretirement increases granted under subdivision 5, an additional percentage increase must be computed and paid under this subdivision.
(b) The board of trustees shall determine the number of annuitants or benefit recipients who have been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least 12 months as of the current June 30. These recipients are entitled to receive the surplus investment earnings additional postretirement increase.
(c) Annually, as of each June 30, the board shall determine the five-year annualized rate of return attributable to the assets of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association under the formula or formulas specified in section 11A.04, clause (11).
(d) The board shall determine the amount of excess five-year annualized rate of return over the preretirement interest assumption as specified in section 356.215.
(e) The additional percentage increase must be determined by multiplying the quantity one minus the rate of contribution deficiency, as specified in the most recent actuarial report of the actuary retained by the legislative commission on pensions and retirement, times the rate of return excess as determined in paragraph (d).
(f) The additional increase is payable to all eligible annuitants or benefit recipients on the following January 1. 354A.28 Modification in Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association postretirement adjustment.
Subdivision 1. Postretirement adjustment modification. Any postretirement adjustment payable from the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association after June 1, 1993, must be modified as provided in this section.
Subd. 2. Establishment. The Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall establish an annuity reserve fund for providing an investment vehicle for the reserves for various retirement annuities and benefits payable by the fund.
Subd. 3. Assets. The assets of the annuity reserve fund consist of the money representing the actuarially determined required reserves for various retirement annuities and benefits payable by the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association.
Subd. 4. Management. The Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association annuity reserve fund must be managed by the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association.
Subd. 5. Investment. The assets of the annuity reserve fund must be invested, reinvested, and retained in the discretion of the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association in authorized investments under section 11A.24.
Subd. 6. Allocation of assets. No later than the last business day of the month in which the benefit payment begins, the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall determine the reserves to be allocated to the respective annuity reserve fund in the following manner:
(1) the present value of the benefit payable to the annuitant or benefit recipient must be determined using the postretirement earnings assumptions specified for the first class city teachers retirement funds in section 356.215, and the mortality table applicable to the fund; and
(2) the amount determined in clause (1) must be multiplied by the funding ratio of the teachers retirement fund association determined for the previous fiscal year end, and the product must be identified as the amount allocated to the annuity reserve fund.
Subd. 7. Withdrawal of money. If the executive director of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association concludes that money is required for the payment of retirement annuities or benefits, the executive director shall sell sufficient securities in the reserve fund or transfer available cash to pay benefits.
Subd. 8. Calculation of postretirement adjustments. (a) Annually, after June 30, the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall use the procedures in this subdivision and subdivision 9 to determine the amount of any postretirement adjustment. The authority to pay the automatic two percent annual postretirement increase as specified in the articles and bylaws continues.
Subd. 9. Additional increase. (a) In addition to the postretirement increases granted under subdivision 8, an additional percentage increase must be computed and paid under this subdivision.
(b) The board of trustees shall determine the number of annuities or benefit recipients who have been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least 12 months as of the current June 30. These recipients are entitled to receive the surplus investment earnings additional postretirement increase.
(c) Annually, on June 30, the board of trustees of the teachers retirement fund association shall determine the amount of reserves in the annuity reserve fund as specified in subdivision 6.
(d) Annually, on June 30, the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall determine the five-year annualized rate of return attributable to the assets in the annuity reserve fund under the formula or formulas specified in section 11A.04, clause (11).
(e) The board of trustees shall determine the amount of excess five-year annualized rate of return over the preretirement interest assumption as specified in section 356.215.
(f) The additional increase must be determined by multiplying the quantity one minus the rate of contribution deficiency, as specified in the most recent actuarial report of the actuary retained by the legislative commission on pensions and retirement, times the rate of return excess as determined in paragraph (e).
(g) The additional increase is payable to all eligible annuitants or benefit recipients on January 1 following the June 30 determination date under paragraphs (c) and (d). 354A.29 St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association postretirement adjustment.
Subdivision 1. Articles of incorporation and bylaws. Permission is granted for the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association under Minnesota Statutes, section 354A.12, subdivision 4, to amend its articles of incorporation and bylaws to provide postretirement adjustments under this section.
Subd. 2. Elimination of prior lump sum postretirement adjustment mechanism. As a condition precedent to the implementation of subdivisions 3 to 6, the lump sum postretirement adjustment mechanism in effect on July 1, 1997, must be eliminated and the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the association must be amended accordingly.
Subd. 3. Postretirement adjustment. (a) The postretirement adjustment described in the articles and bylaws of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association must be determined by the board annually after June 30 using the procedures under this section.
(b) Each eligible person who has been receiving an annuity or benefit under the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, or this chapter for at least 12 months as of the end of the fiscal year is eligible to receive a postretirement adjustment of 2.0 percent that is payable each January 1.
Subd. 4. Additional investment percentage adjustment. (a) An excess investment earnings percentage adjustment must be computed and paid under this subdivision to those annuitants and eligible benefit recipients who have been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least 12 months as determined each June 30 by the board of trustees.
(b) The board shall also determine the five-year annualized rate of return attributable to the assets of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association under the formula specified in section 11A.04, clause (11), and the amount of the excess five-year annualized rate of return over the preretirement interest assumption specified in section 356.215.
(c) The excess investment percentage adjustment must be determined by multiplying the quantity one minus the rate of contribution deficiency, as specified in the most recent actuarial report of the actuary retained by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement under section 356.215, by the rate of return excess as determined in paragraph (b).
(d) The excess investment percentage adjustment is payable to all annuitants and benefit recipients on the following January 1.
Subd. 5. Effect on annuity. The adjustments calculated under subdivisions 3 and 4 must be included in all annuities or benefits paid to the recipient after the adjustments take effect.
Subd. 6. Lump sum postretirement adjustment transition. This subdivision applies to all annuitants and beneficiaries of the association who received a lump sum postretirement adjustment before the calculation of the first postretirement adjustment under subdivisions 3 and 4. Before the calculation of the first postretirement adjustment under subdivisions 3 and 4, the annual retirement annuity must be increased by the amount of the lump sum postretirement adjustment described in the association bylaws and paid to the annuitant or beneficiary in 1997 before July 1, 1997, or if the annuitant or beneficiary was not eligible for a lump sum postretirement adjustment, then the annual benefit paid to that annuitant or benefit recipient must be increased by the cumulative percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers All Items Index published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, from the date of the initial receipt of a retirement annuity or benefit of the person whose service is the basis of the benefit to June 30, 1997. 354A.30 Minneapolis and St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Associations; coordinated program.
There is established a coordinated program within the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association and a coordinated program within the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association to provide retirement coverage for teachers who are covered by an agreement or modification made between the state and the secretary of health, education and welfare making the provisions of the federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act applicable to certain teachers covered by the teachers retirement fund association. The provisions governing the coordinated program shall be sections 354A.31 to 354A.41 and any other applicable provisions of this chapter. 354A.31 Coordinated program retirement benefits.
Subdivision 1. Age and service requirements. Any coordinated member or former coordinated member who has ceased to render teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists and who has either attained the age of at least 55 years with not less than three years of allowable service credit or received credit for not less than 30 years of allowable service regardless of age, shall be entitled upon written application to a retirement annuity.
Subd. 1a. Application for annuity. Application for a retirement annuity may be made by a member or by a person authorized to act on behalf of the member. Every application for retirement must be made in writing on a form prescribed by the executive secretary or director and must be substantiated by written proof of the member's age and identity. The notarized signature of a member's spouse on a retirement annuity application acknowledging the member's annuity selection meets the notice requirement to the spouse under section 356.46, subdivision 3. An application for a retirement annuity is not complete until all necessary supporting documents are received by the executive secretary or director.
Subd. 2. Time and manner of payments. A coordinated member or former coordinated member may make application to the board of the teachers retirement fund association for a retirement annuity any time after the member has satisfied the age and service requirements specified in subdivision 1, but no application for retirement may be accepted by the board more than 60 days prior to the termination of teaching service. The retirement annuity shall begin to accrue after the occurrence of a retirement precondition event, which for purposes of this subdivision is the later of the termination of teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists, the filing of an application for a retirement annuity with the board, or receipt of the final salary payment. Accrual shall commence on the sixteenth day of the month if the retirement precondition event occurs on or before the fifteenth day of that month or on the first day of the month next following if the retirement precondition event occurs on or after the sixteenth day of the month.
Subd. 2a. Applications after retirement. If an application for retirement is filed with the board during the 90-day period immediately following the termination of teaching service, the annuity may begin to accrue as if the application for retirement had been filed with the board on the date teaching service terminated. In no event may an annuity begin to accrue more than one month before the date of final salary receipt.
Subd. 3. Resumption of teaching after commencement of a retirement annuity. (a) Any person who retired and is receiving a coordinated program retirement annuity under the provisions of sections 354A.31 to 354A.41 or any person receiving a basic program retirement annuity under the governing sections in the articles of incorporation or bylaws and who has resumed teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists is entitled to continue to receive retirement annuity payments, except that annuity payments must be reduced during the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the person's income from the teaching service is in an amount greater than the annual maximum earnings allowable for that age for the continued receipt of full benefit amounts monthly under the federal old age, survivors, and disability insurance program as set by the secretary of health and human services under United States Code, title 42, section 403. The amount of the reduction must be one-third the amount in excess of the applicable reemployment income maximum specified in this subdivision and must be deducted from the annuity payable for the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the excess amount was earned. If the person has not yet reached the minimum age for the receipt of Social Security benefits, the maximum earnings for the person must be equal to the annual maximum earnings allowable for the minimum age for the receipt of Social Security benefits.
(b) If the person is retired for only a fractional part of the calendar year during the initial year of retirement, the maximum reemployment income specified in this subdivision must be prorated for that calendar year.
(c) After a person has reached the age of 70, no reemployment income maximum is applicable regardless of the amount of any compensation received for teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists.
(d) The amount of the retirement annuity reduction must be handled or disposed of as provided in section 356.47.
(e) For the purpose of this subdivision, income from teaching service includes: (i) all income for services performed as a consultant or independent contractor; or income resulting from working with the school district in any capacity; and (ii) the greater of either the income received or an amount based on the rate paid with respect to an administrative position, consultant, or independent contractor in the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists and at the same level as the position occupied by the person who resumes teaching service.
(f) On or before February 15 of each year, each applicable employing unit shall report to the teachers retirement fund association the amount of postretirement income as defined in this subdivision, earned as a teacher, consultant, or independent contractor during the previous calendar year by each retiree of the teachers retirement fund association for teaching service performed after retirement. The report must be in a format approved by the executive secretary or director.
Subd. 3a. No annuity reduction. (a) The annuity reduction provisions of subdivision 3 do not apply to a person who:
(1) retires from the technical college system with at least ten years of service credit in the system from which the person retires;
(2) was employed on a full-time basis immediately preceding retirement as a technical college faculty member;
(3) begins drawing an annuity from a first class city teachers retirement association; and
(4) returns to work on not less than a one-third time basis and not more than a two-thirds time basis in the technical college system under an agreement in which the person may not earn a salary of more than $46,000 in a calendar year from the technical college system.
(b) Initial participation, the amount of time worked, and the duration of participation under this section must be mutually agreed upon by the employer and the employee. The employer may require up to a one-year notice of intent to participate in the program as a condition of participation under this section. The employer shall determine the time of year the employee shall work.
(c) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a person eligible under paragraphs (a) and (b) may not earn further service credit in a first class city teachers retirement association and is not eligible to participate in the individual retirement account plan or the supplemental retirement plan established in chapter 354B as a result of service under this section. No employer or employee contribution to any of these plans may be made on behalf of such a person.
Subd. 4. Computation of the normal coordinated retirement annuity; Minneapolis and St. Paul funds. (a) This subdivision applies to the coordinated programs of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association and the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association.
(b) The normal coordinated retirement annuity is an amount equal to a retiring coordinated member's average salary under section 354A.011, subdivision 7a, multiplied by the retirement annuity formula percentage.
(c) This paragraph, in conjunction with subdivision 6, applies to a person who first became a member or a member in a pension fund listed in section 356.30, subdivision 3, before July 1, 1989, unless paragraph (d), in conjunction with subdivision 7, produces a higher annuity amount, in which case paragraph (d) will apply. The retirement annuity formula percentage for purposes of this paragraph is the percent specified in section 356.315, subdivision 1, per year for each year of coordinated service for the first ten years and the percent specified in section 356.315, subdivision 2, for each year of coordinated service thereafter.
(d) This paragraph applies to a person who has become at least 55 years old and who first becomes a member after June 30, 1989, and to any other member who has become at least 55 years old and whose annuity amount, when calculated under this paragraph and in conjunction with subdivision 7 is higher than it is when calculated under paragraph (c), in conjunction with the provisions of subdivision 6. The retirement annuity formula percentage for purposes of this paragraph is the percent specified in section 356.315, subdivision 2, for each year of coordinated service.
Subd. 4a. Computation of the normal coordinated retirement annuity; Duluth fund. (a) This subdivision applies to the new law coordinated program of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association.
(b) The normal coordinated retirement annuity is an amount equal to a retiring coordinated member's average salary under section 354A.011, subdivision 7a, multiplied by the retirement annuity formula percentage.
(c) This paragraph, in conjunction with subdivision 6, applies to a person who first became a member or a member in a pension fund listed in section 356.30, subdivision 3, before July 1, 1989, unless paragraph (d), in conjunction with subdivision 7, produces a higher annuity amount, in which case paragraph (d) applies. The retirement annuity formula percentage for purposes of this paragraph is the percent specified in section 356.315, subdivision 1, per year for each year of coordinated service for the first ten years and the percent specified in section 356.315, subdivision 2, for each subsequent year of coordinated service.
(d) This paragraph applies to a person who is at least 55 years old and who first becomes a member after June 30, 1989, and to any other member who is at least 55 years old and whose annuity amount, when calculated under this paragraph and in conjunction with subdivision 7, is higher than it is when calculated under paragraph (c) in conjunction with subdivision 6. The retirement annuity formula percentage for purposes of this paragraph is the percent specified in section 356.315, subdivision 2, for each year of coordinated service.
Subd. 5. Unreduced normal retirement annuity. Upon retirement at normal retirement age with at least three years of service credit, a coordinated member is entitled to a normal retirement annuity calculated under subdivision 4 or 4a, whichever applies.
Subd. 6. Reduced retirement annuity. This subdivision applies only to a person who first became a coordinated member or a member of a pension fund listed in section 356.30, subdivision 3, before July 1, 1989, and whose annuity is higher when calculated using the retirement annuity formula percentage in subdivision 4, paragraph (c), or subdivision 4a, paragraph (c), in conjunction with this subdivision than when calculated under subdivision 4, paragraph (d), or subdivision 4a, paragraph (d), in conjunction with subdivision 7.
(a) Upon retirement at an age before normal retirement age with three years of service credit or prior to age 62 with at least 30 years of service credit, a coordinated member shall be entitled to a retirement annuity in an amount equal to the normal retirement annuity calculated using the retirement annuity formula percentage in subdivision 4, paragraph (c), or subdivision 4a, paragraph (c), reduced by one-quarter of one percent for each month that the coordinated member is under normal retirement age if the coordinated member has less than 30 years of service credit or is under the age of 62 if the coordinated member has at least 30 years of service credit.
(b) Any coordinated member whose attained age plus credited allowable service totals 90 years is entitled, upon application, to a retirement annuity in an amount equal to the normal retirement annuity calculated using the retirement annuity formula percentage in subdivision 4, paragraph (c), or subdivision 4a, paragraph (c), without any reduction by reason of early retirement.
Subd. 7. Actuarial reduction for early retirement. This subdivision applies to a person who has become at least 55 years old and first becomes a coordinated member after June 30, 1989, and to any other coordinated member who has become at least 55 years old and whose annuity is higher when calculated using the retirement annuity formula percentage in subdivision 4, paragraph (d), and subdivision 4a, paragraph (d), in conjunction with this subdivision than when calculated under subdivision 4, paragraph (c), or subdivision 4a, paragraph (c), in conjunction with subdivision 6. A coordinated member who retires before the full benefit age shall be paid the retirement annuity calculated using the retirement annuity formula percentage in subdivision 4, paragraph (d), or subdivision 4a, paragraph (d), reduced so that the reduced annuity is the actuarial equivalent of the annuity that would be payable to the member if the member deferred receipt of the annuity and the annuity amount were augmented at an annual rate of three percent compounded annually from the day the annuity begins to accrue until the normal retirement age.
Subd. 8. Determining applicable law. An employee who returns to covered service following a termination and who is not receiving a retirement annuity under this section must have earned at least 85 days of credited service following the return to covered service to be eligible for improved benefits resulting from any law change enacted subsequent to that termination. 354A.32 Optional retirement annuities.
Subdivision 1. Optional forms generally. The boards of the Minneapolis and the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Associations shall each establish for the coordinated program and the board of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association shall establish for the new law coordinated program an optional retirement annuity which shall take the form of a joint and survivor annuity. Each board may also in its discretion establish an optional annuity which shall take the form of an annuity payable for a period certain and for life thereafter. Each board shall also establish an optional retirement annuity that guarantees payment of the balance of the annuity recipient's accumulated deductions to a designated beneficiary upon the death of the annuity recipient. Except as provided in subdivision 1a, optional annuity forms shall be the actuarial equivalent of the normal forms provided in section 354A.31. In establishing these optional annuity forms, the board shall obtain the written recommendation of the commission-retained actuary. The recommendation shall be a part of the permanent records of the board.
Subd. 1a. Bounce-back annuity. (a) If a former coordinated member or disabilitant has selected a joint and survivor annuity option under subdivision 1, the former member or disabilitant must receive a normal single life annuity if the designated optional annuity beneficiary dies before the former member or disabilitant. Under this option, no reduction may be made in the person's annuity to provide for restoration of the normal single life annuity in the event of the death of the designated optional annuity beneficiary.
(b) A former coordinated member or disabilitant who selected an optional joint and survivor annuity before July 1, 1989, but did not choose an option that provides that the normal single life annuity is payable to the former member or the disabilitant if the designated optional annuity beneficiary dies first, is eligible for restoration of the normal single life annuity if the designated optional annuity beneficiary dies first, without further actuarial reduction of the person's annuity. A former member or disabilitant who selected an optional joint and survivor annuity, but whose designated optional annuity beneficiary died before July 1, 1989, shall receive a normal single life annuity after that date, but shall not receive retroactive payments for periods before that date.
(c) A former coordinated member or disabilitant who took a further actuarial reduction to elect an optional joint and survivor annuity that provides that the normal annuity is payable to the former member or disabilitant if the designated optional beneficiary dies first but has not died before July 1, 1989, shall have the annuity increased as of July 1, 1989, to the amount the person would have received if, at the time of retirement or disability, the person had selected only optional survivor coverage that would not have provided for restoration of the normal annuity upon the death of the designated optional annuity beneficiary. Any annuity or benefit increase under this paragraph is effective only for payments made after June 30, 1989, and is not retroactive for payments made before July 1, 1989.
(d) The restoration of the normal single life annuity under this subdivision will take effect on the first of the month following the date of death of the designated optional annuity beneficiary or on the first of the month following one year before the date on which a certified copy of the death record of the designated optional annuity beneficiary is received in the office of the appropriate teachers retirement fund association, whichever date is later.
Subd. 2. Repealed, 1989 c 319 art 13 s 98 354A.33 Social Security leveling adjustment option.
Any coordinated member who retires prior to the time the member becomes eligible for Social Security old age retirement benefits shall be entitled to elect to receive a Social Security leveling adjustment optional annuity from the teachers retirement fund association. The Social Security leveling adjustment optional annuity shall be established by the board of the teachers retirement fund association. It shall take the form of an annuity payable for the period prior to the member's becoming eligible for Social Security old age retirement benefits in an amount greater than the amount of the member's annuity calculated pursuant to section 354A.31 on the basis of the age of the member at retirement but equal insofar as possible to the Social Security old age retirement benefit and the adjusted retirement annuity amounts payable immediately subsequent to becoming eligible for Social Security old age retirement benefits in an amount less than the amount of the member's annuity calculated pursuant to section 354A.31 on the basis of the age of the member at retirement. The optional form shall be the actuarial equivalent to the normal forms provided in section 354A.31. In establishing the optional form, the board shall obtain the written recommendation of the commission-retained actuary and the recommendation shall be a part of the permanent records of the board. 354A.34 Disposition of unpaid period certain for life or guaranteed refund optional annuities.
If a retiree from a coordinated program who has elected a period certain and for life thereafter or a guaranteed refund optional annuity form dies without having a designated beneficiary who has survived the retiree, any remaining unpaid guaranteed annuity payments shall be computed at the rate of interest specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8, and paid in one lump sum to the estate of the retiree. If a retiree from a coordinated program who has elected a period certain and for life or a guaranteed refund optional annuity form dies with a designated beneficiary who has survived the retiree but the designated beneficiary dies without there existing another designated beneficiary, any remaining unpaid guaranteed annuity payments shall be computed at the rate of interest specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8, and paid in one lump sum to the estate of the designated beneficiary. 354A.35 Survivor benefits.
Subdivision 1. Death before retirement; refund. If a coordinated member or former coordinated member dies prior to retirement or prior to the receipt of any retirement annuity or other benefit payment which is or may be payable and a surviving spouse optional annuity is not payable pursuant to subdivision 2, a refund shall be paid to the person's surviving spouse, or if there is none, to the person's designated beneficiary, or if there is none, to the legal representative of the person's estate. The refund shall be in an amount equal to the person's accumulated contributions plus interest at the rate of six percent per annum compounded annually.
Subd. 2. Death while eligible to retire; surviving spouse optional annuity. (a) The surviving spouse of a coordinated member who has credit for at least three years of service and dies prior to retirement may elect to receive, instead of a refund with interest under subdivision 1, an annuity equal to the 100 percent joint and survivor annuity the member could have qualified for had the member terminated service on the date of death. The surviving spouse eligible for a surviving spouse benefit under this paragraph may apply for the annuity at any time after the date on which the deceased employee would have attained the required age for retirement based on the employee's allowable service. A surviving spouse eligible for surviving spouse benefits under paragraph (b) or (c) may apply for an annuity at any time after the member's death. The member's surviving spouse shall be paid a joint and survivor annuity under section 354A.32 and computed under section 354A.31.
(b) If the member was under age 55 and has credit for at least 30 years of allowable service on the date of death, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity based on the age of the member and surviving spouse on the date of death. The annuity is payable using the full early retirement reduction under section 354A.31, subdivision 6, paragraph (a), to age 55 and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 55 to the age payment begins.
(c) If the member was under age 55 and has credit for at least three years of allowable service on the date of death but did not yet qualify for retirement, the surviving spouse may elect to receive the 100 percent joint and survivor annuity based on the age of the member and the survivor at the time of death. The annuity is payable using the full early retirement reduction under section 354A.31, subdivision 6 or 7, to age 55 and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 55 to the date payment begins.
Sections 354A.37, subdivision 2, and 354A.39 apply to a deferred annuity or surviving spouse benefit payable under this section. The benefits are payable for the life of the surviving spouse, or upon expiration of the term certain benefit payment under subdivision 2b.
Subd. 2a. Modification in survivor coverage in certain instances. Any person who elected joint and survivor annuity coverage pursuant to subdivision 2 prior to July 1, 1981 and the spouse of the person shall be entitled to modify that election by making a joint specification in writing on a form prescribed by the executive secretary that the benefits provided in this section, whichever is applicable, shall be paid only to a designated beneficiary. Authority for any person and the spouse of the person to modify the prior election shall expire on the date of the retirement of the person who elected the coverage or the date of death of the person who elected the coverage, whichever occurs first.
Subd. 2b. Survivor coverage term certain. In lieu of the 100 percent optional annuity under subdivision 2, or a refund under subdivision 1, the surviving spouse of a deceased member may elect to receive survivor coverage in a term certain of five, ten, 15, or 20 years, but monthly payments must not exceed 75 percent of the average high-five monthly salary of the deceased member. The monthly term certain annuity must be actuarially equivalent to the 100 percent optional annuity under subdivision 2.
If a surviving spouse elects a term certain annuity and dies before the expiration of the specified term certain period, the commuted value of the remaining annuity payments must be paid in a lump sum to the survivor's estate.
Subd. 2c. Dependent child survivor coverage. If there is no surviving spouse eligible for benefits under subdivision 2, a dependent child or children as defined in section 354A.011, subdivision 12a, is eligible for monthly payments. Payments to a dependent child must be paid from the date of the member's death to the date the dependent child attains age 20 if the child is under age 15. If the child is 15 years or older on the date of death, payment must be made for five years. The payment to a dependent child is an amount actuarially equivalent to the value of a 100 percent optional annuity under subdivision 2 using the age of the member and age of the dependent child at the date of death. If there is more than one dependent child, each dependent child shall receive a proportionate share of the actuarial value of the employee's account.
Subd. 3. Death after retirement. If a retiree from a coordinated program dies after retirement, the retiree or the retiree's designated beneficiary shall be entitled to the annuity payment due for the full month during which death occurs unless an optional annuity was elected by the retiree pursuant to subdivision 2 or section 354A.32. If a joint and survivor optional annuity covering the spouse of the retiree was elected by the retiree from a coordinated program, the retiree's surviving spouse shall be paid a joint and survivor annuity as provided in section 354A.32 and computed pursuant to section 354A.31. If an optional annuity other than a joint and survivor optional annuity covering the spouse of the retiree was elected by the retiree from a coordinated program, the optional annuity shall be paid according to its terms.
Subd. 4. Payment of minimal refund and benefit amounts. If a coordinated member or former coordinated member dies without having designated a beneficiary or if the designated beneficiary dies without there existing any other designated beneficiary and prior to making application for the refund credited to the deceased coordinated member or coordinated former member, and if the amount of the refund does not exceed $1,500, the board in its discretion may, in absence of probate proceedings, make payment 90 days after the date of death of the coordinated member or former coordinated member to the surviving spouse of the deceased coordinated member or former coordinated member, or if none, to the next of kin as determined under the laws of descent of the state. A payment under this subdivision shall be a bar to recovery by any other person or persons. Any retirement annuity in any amount which has accrued at the time of the death of a coordinated retiree may be paid by the board in its discretion using the procedure set forth in this subdivision.
Subd. 5. Payment to designated beneficiary. Any coordinated member and the spouse of the coordinated member may make a joint specification in writing on a form prescribed by the executive secretary that the benefits provided in subdivision 1 or 2, shall be paid only to a designated beneficiary. For purposes of this subdivision, a designated beneficiary may only be either a former spouse or a child, either natural or adopted, of the member. 354A.36 Permanent disability benefits.
Subdivision 1. Minimum age, service, and salary requirements. Any coordinated member who has at least three years of allowable service credit, has an average salary of at least $75 per month, and has become totally and permanently disabled shall be entitled to a disability benefit. If the disabled coordinated member's allowable service credit has not been continuous, at least two years of the required allowable service shall be required to have been rendered subsequent to the last interruption in service.
Subd. 2. Time and manner of payments. The disability benefit shall begin to accrue from the later of either 90 days following the commencement of the permanent disability or the first day of the month following the date on which the written application for the disability benefit has been filed with the board, but payment shall not begin to accrue until any salary which is received by the disabled coordinated member for either annual or sick leave during the period of disability ceases.
Subd. 3. Computation of disability benefit. The coordinated permanent disability benefit is an amount equal to the normal coordinated retirement annuity computed under section 354A.31, subdivision 4, based on allowable service credited to the date of disability but without any reduction for the commencement of the benefit prior to the attainment of normal retirement age or age 62 with at least 30 years of service credit as specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 6.
Subd. 3a. Optional annuity election. A disabled coordinated member may elect to receive the normal disability benefit or an optional annuity as provided in section 354A.32. The election of an optional annuity shall be made prior to commencement of payment of the disability benefit and shall be effective 30 days after receipt of the election or the date on which the disability benefit begins to accrue, whichever occurs later. Upon becoming effective, the optional annuity shall begin to accrue on the same date as provided for the disability benefit.
Subd. 4. Determination of disability. The board of the teachers retirement fund association shall make the final determination of the existence of a permanent and total disability. The board shall have the coordinated member examined by at least two licensed physicians, licensed chiropractors, or licensed psychologists who are selected by the board. After making any required examinations, each physician, chiropractor, or psychologist with respect to a mental impairment, shall make a written report to the board concerning the coordinated member, which shall include a statement of the expert opinion of the physician, chiropractor, or psychologist as to whether or not the member is permanently and totally disabled within the meaning of section 354A.011, subdivision 14. The board shall also obtain a written statement from the employer as to whether or not the coordinated member was terminated or separated from active employment due to a disability which is deemed by the employer to reasonably prevent further service by the member to the employer and which caused the coordinated member not to be entitled to further compensation from the employer for services rendered by the member. If, after consideration of the reports of the physicians, chiropractors, or psychologists with respect to a mental impairment, and any evidence presented by the member or by any other interested parties, the board determines that the coordinated member is totally and permanently disabled within the meaning of section 354A.011, subdivision 14, it shall grant the coordinated member a disability benefit. A member who is placed on a leave of absence without compensation as a result of the disability is not barred from receiving a disability benefit under this section.
Subd. 5. Offset against benefits paid under other laws. The coordinated disability benefit shall be reduced by any amounts received or receivable by a coordinated member from the school district under applicable workers' compensation laws.
Subd. 6. Requirement for regular physical examinations. At least once each year during the first five years following the granting of a disability benefit to a coordinated member by the board and at least once in every three year period thereafter, the board shall require the disability benefit recipient to undergo an expert examination as a condition for continued entitlement of the benefit recipient to receive a disability benefit. The expert examination must be made at the place of residence of the disability benefit recipient or at any other place mutually agreeable to the disability benefit recipient and the board. The expert examination must be made by a physician or physicians, by a chiropractor or chiropractors, or by one or more psychologists engaged by the board. The physician or physicians, the chiropractor or chiropractors, or the psychologist or psychologists with respect to a mental impairment, conducting the expert examination shall make a written report to the board concerning the disability benefit recipient and the recipient's disability, including a statement of the expert opinion of the physician, chiropractor, or psychologist as to whether or not the member remains permanently and totally disabled within the meaning of section 354A.011, subdivision 14. If the board determines from consideration of the written expert examination report of the physician, of the chiropractor, or of the psychologist, with respect to a mental impairment, that the disability benefit recipient is no longer permanently and totally disabled or if the board determines that the benefit recipient is engaged or is able to engage in a gainful occupation, unless the disability benefit recipient is partially employed under subdivision 7, then further disability benefit payments from the fund must be discontinued. The discontinuation of disability benefits must occur immediately if the disability recipient is reinstated to the district payroll following sick leave and within 60 days of the determination by the board following the expert examination and report of the physician or physicians, chiropractor or chiropractors, or psychologist or psychologists engaged by the board that the disability benefit recipient is no longer permanently and totally disabled within the meaning of section 354A.011, subdivision 14.
Subd. 7. Partial reemployment of disability benefit recipient. If a disability benefit recipient resumes gainful employment but the compensation from the employment is less than the recipient's salary at the date of disability or the salary paid currently to positions similar to the position which the recipient held at the date of disability, the recipient shall be entitled to a disability benefit from the board in an amount which when added to the compensation for the partial reemployment does not exceed the lower of the recipient's salary at the date of disability or the salary paid currently to positions similar to the position which the recipient held at the date of disability, and does not in any event exceed the disability benefit originally computed pursuant to subdivision 3.
Subd. 8. Examination refusal. If a disability benefit recipient refuses to submit to a medical examination as provided in subdivision 6, then further disability benefit payments from the fund shall be discontinued and all rights of the recipient to a disability benefit shall be revoked by the board.
Subd. 9. Return to teaching service. Any disability benefit recipient who resumes active teaching service in the district in which the teachers retirement fund association is located shall also resume making employee contributions to the fund pursuant to section 354A.12, subdivision 1.
Subd. 10. Retirement status upon attaining normal retirement age. No person shall be entitled to receive both a disability benefit under this section and a retirement annuity under section 354A.31. If a disability benefit recipient remains totally and permanently disabled upon attaining normal retirement age, the disability benefit shall terminate and the former disability benefit recipient shall be deemed to be on retirement status. If the former disability benefit recipient had elected an optional annuity pursuant to subdivision 3a, the recipient shall receive an annuity in accordance with the terms of the optional annuity previously elected, or if the recipient had not elected an optional annuity pursuant to subdivision 3a, the recipient shall be entitled either to receive a retirement annuity in an amount equal to the greater of either a single life retirement annuity calculated pursuant to section 354A.31 or the disability benefit paid to the recipient immediately prior to the recipient's attaining normal retirement age or elect either a single life retirement annuity as provided in this section or an actuarial equivalent optional form retirement annuity as provided in section 354A.32. Election of an optional annuity shall be made prior to the person attaining normal retirement age. If an optional annuity is elected, the election shall be effective on the date on which the person attains the normal retirement age and the optional annuity shall begin to accrue on the first day of the month next following the month in which the person attains normal retirement age. 354A.37 Refunds.
Subdivision 1. Eligibility for refund. Any coordinated member who ceases to render teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association is located shall be entitled to a refund in lieu of any other annuity or benefit from the teachers retirement fund association other than an annuity from a tax shelter annuity program and fund as authorized pursuant to section 354A.021, subdivision 5. The amount of the refund shall be calculated pursuant to subdivision 3. The application for the refund shall not be made prior to 30 days after the cessation of teaching services if the coordinated member has not resumed active teaching services for the district. Payment of the refund shall be made within 90 days after receipt of the refund application by the board.
Subd. 2. Eligibility for deferred retirement annuity. Any coordinated member who ceases to render teaching services for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association is located, with sufficient allowable service credit to meet the minimum service requirements specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 1, shall be entitled to a deferred retirement annuity in lieu of a refund pursuant to subdivision 1. The deferred retirement annuity shall be computed pursuant to section 354A.31 and shall be augmented as provided in this subdivision. The deferred annuity shall commence upon application after the person on deferred status attains at least the minimum age specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 1.
The monthly annuity amount that had accrued when the member ceased to render teaching service must be augmented from the first day of the month following the month during which the member ceased to render teaching service to the effective date of retirement. There is no augmentation if this period is less than three months. The rate of augmentation is three percent compounded annually until January 1 of the year following the year in which the former member attains age 55, and five percent compounded annually after that date to the effective date of retirement. If a person has more than one period of uninterrupted service, a separate average salary determined under section 354A.31 must be used for each period, and the monthly annuity amount related to each period must be augmented as provided in this subdivision. The sum of the augmented monthly annuity amounts determines the total deferred annuity payable. If a person repays a refund, the service restored by the repayment must be considered as continuous with the next period of service for which the person has credit with the fund. If a person does not render teaching services in any one fiscal year or more consecutive fiscal years and then resumes teaching service, the formula percentages used from the date of resumption of teaching service are those applicable to new members. The mortality table and interest assumption used to compute the annuity are the table established by the fund to compute other annuities, and the interest assumption under section 356.215 in effect when the member retires. A period of uninterrupted service for the purpose of this subdivision means a period of covered teaching service during which the member has not been separated from active service for more than one fiscal year.
The augmentation provided by this subdivision applies to the benefit provided in section 354A.35, subdivision 2. The augmentation provided by this subdivision does not apply to any period in which a person is on an approved leave of absence from an employer unit.
Subd. 3. Computation of refund amount. A former coordinated member who qualifies for a refund pursuant to subdivision 1 shall receive a refund equal to the amount of the former coordinated member's accumulated contributions with interest at the rate of six percent per annum compounded annually.
Subd. 4. Certain refunds at normal retirement age. Any coordinated member who has attained the normal retirement age with less than ten years of allowable service credit and has terminated active teaching service shall be entitled to a refund in lieu of a proportionate annuity pursuant to section 356.32. The refund shall be equal to the coordinated member's accumulated employee contributions plus interest at the rate of six percent compounded annually.
Subd. 5. Unclaimed minimal refund amounts; disposition. If a coordinated member ceases to render teaching services for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association is located but does not apply for a refund pursuant to subdivision 1 within five years after the end of the plan year next following the cessation of teaching services and if the amount of the refund that the former coordinated member would have been entitled to pursuant to subdivision 3 is $500 or less, then the amount of the refund and any accumulated interest shall be credited to and become a part of the retirement fund. If the former coordinated member subsequently renders teaching services for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association is located and the amount of the refund that the former coordinated member would have previously been entitled to pursuant to subdivision 3 is at least $5, then the amount of the refund and any accumulated interest shall be restored to the member's individual account. If the amount of the refund that the former coordinated member would have previously been entitled to pursuant to subdivision 3 is at least $5 and the former coordinated member applies for a refund pursuant to subdivision 1 or for an annuity pursuant to sections 354A.31 and 354A.32 or section 356.30, the amount of the refund and any accumulated interest shall be restored to the member's individual account. 354A.38 Effect of refund; repayment of refund.
Subdivision 1. Effect of refund; termination of service credit. If a coordinated member or former coordinated member applies for and accepts a refund pursuant to section 354A.37, all allowable service which was credited to the member or former member shall be terminated.
Subd. 2. Repayment of refund. A coordinated member with at least two years of allowable service credited subsequent to the member's last application for and acceptance of a refund pursuant to section 354A.37 shall be entitled to repay the refund. The amount of the refund repayment shall be calculated pursuant to subdivision 3. If the member has previously applied for and accepted more than one refund, and the previous refund or refunds have not been repaid, then the member shall be entitled only to repay all outstanding refunds and shall not be entitled to repay only the most recent refund.
Subd. 3. Computation of refund repayment amount. If the coordinated member elects to repay a refund under subdivision 2, the repayment to the fund must be in an amount equal to refunds the member has accepted plus interest at the rate of 8.5 percent compounded annually from the date that the refund was accepted to the date that the refund is repaid. 354A.39 Service in other public retirement funds; annuity.
Any person who has been a member of the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Public Employees Retirement Association including the Public Employees Retirement Association Police and Fire Fund, the Teachers Retirement Association, the Minnesota State Patrol Retirement Association, the legislators retirement plan, the constitutional officers retirement plan, the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund, the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association new law coordinated program, the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association coordinated program, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association coordinated program, or any other public employee retirement system in the state of Minnesota having a like provision but excluding all other funds providing retirement benefits for police officers or firefighters shall be entitled when qualified to an annuity from each fund if the person's total allowable service in all of the funds or in any two or more of the funds totals three or more years, provided that no portion of the allowable service upon which the retirement annuity from one fund is based is used again in the computation for a retirement annuity from another fund and provided further that the person has not taken a refund from any of funds or associations since the person's membership in the fund or association has terminated. The annuity from each fund or association shall be determined by the appropriate provisions of the law governing each fund or association, except that the requirement that a person must have at least three years of allowable service in the respective fund or association shall not apply for the purposes of this section, provided that the aggregate service in two or more of these funds equals three or more years. 354A.40 Computation of benefits with partial service as coordinated member.
Subdivision 1. Retirement annuity. Any coordinated member of either the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association or of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association who has credited service prior to July 1, 1978 shall be entitled to receive a retirement annuity when otherwise qualified, the calculation of which shall utilize the applicable retirement annuity formula specified in articles of incorporation and bylaws of the teachers retirement fund association governing the basic program for that portion of credited service which was served prior to July 1, 1978, and the retirement annuity formula specified in section 354A.31 for the remainder of the member's credited service, both applied to the member's average salary as specified in section 354A.31, subdivision 4. The formula percentages to be used in calculating the coordinated portion of the retirement annuity or coordinated service under this section shall recognize the coordinated service as a continuation of any service prior to July 1, 1978.
Subd. 2. Repealed, 1992 c 598 art 6 s 22
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1992 c 598 art 6 s 22 354A.41 Administration of coordinated program.
Subdivision 1. Administrative provisions. The provisions of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the Minneapolis or the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, whichever is applicable, relating to the administration of the fund shall govern the administration of the coordinated program and the provisions of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association relating to the administration of the fund shall govern the administration of the new law coordinated program in instances where the administrative provisions are not inconsistent with the provisions of sections 354A.31 to 354A.41, including but not limited to provisions relating to the composition and function of the board of trustees, the investment of assets of the teachers retirement fund association, and the definition of the plan year.
Subd. 2. Actuarial valuations. In any actuarial valuation of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, or the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association under section 356.215 prepared by the commission-retained actuary or supplemental actuarial valuation prepared by an approved actuary retained by the teachers retirement fund association, there shall be included a finding of the condition of the fund showing separately the basic and coordinated programs or the old law coordinated and new law coordinated programs, as appropriate. The finding shall include the level normal cost and thm applicable employee and employer contribution rates for each program.

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