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State Teachers' Retirement System; Retirement with additional two years of service credit   

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(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this part, whenever the Governor, by executive order, determines that because of an impending curtailment of, or change in the manner of performing service, the best interest of the state would be served by encouraging the retirement of state employees, and that sufficient economies could be realized to offset any cost to state agencies resulting from this section, an additional two years of service shall be credited under this part to members of the Defined Benefit Program, who are state employees, if the following conditions exist:

(1) The member is credited with five or more years of service and retires during a period not to exceed 120 days or less than 60 days commencing no sooner than the date of issuance of the Governor's executive order specifying that period.

(2) (A) The appointing power, as defined in Section 18524 of the Government Code, transfers to the retirement fund an amount determined by the board to equal the actuarial equivalent of the difference between the allowance the member receives after the receipt of service credit under this section and the amount the member would have received without the service credit. The transfer to the retirement fund shall be made in a manner and time period acceptable to the employer and the board.

(B) Regular interest shall be charged on the unpaid balance if the employer makes the transfer to the retirement fund in installments.

(3) The appointing power determines that it is electing to exercise the provisions of this section, pursuant to the Governor's order, and certifies to the Department of Finance and to the Legislative Analyst, as to the specific economies that would be realized if the additional service credit toward retirement were granted.

(b) As used in this section, "member" means a state employee who is employed in a job classification, department, or other organizational unit designated by the appointing power, as defined in Section 18524 of the Government Code.

(c) The amount of service credit shall be two years regardless of credited service, but shall not exceed the number of years intervening between the date of the member's retirement under this part and the date the member would be required to be retired because of age. The appointing power shall make the payment with respect to all eligible employees who retire pursuant to this section.

(d) Any member who qualifies under this section, upon subsequent reinstatement under this part, shall forfeit the service credit granted under this section.

(e) This section shall not be applicable to any member otherwise eligible if that member receives any unemployment insurance payments arising out of employment with an employer subject to this part during a period extending one year beyond the date of issuance of the executive order or if the member is not eligible to retire without the additional credit available under this section.

(f) The benefit provided by this section shall not be applicable to the employees of any appointing power until the Director of Finance approves the transmittal of funds by that appointing power or the Board of Regents or the Board of Trustees to the retirement fund pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).

(g) The Director of Finance shall approve the transmittal of funds by the appointing power not sooner than 30 days after notification in writing of the necessity therefor to the chairperson of the committee in each house of the Legislature that considers appropriations and the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, or not sooner than any lesser time that the chairperson of the committee, or his or her designee, may in each instance determine. If there is any written communication between the Director of Finance and the Legislative Analyst, a copy of the communication shall be transmitted to the chairperson of each appropriate policy committee.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 249, Sec. 4.)

Reference:

Government Code 18524