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(a) A member of the Defined Benefit Program who is employed to perform creditable service on a part-time basis for less than 50 percent of each full-time position by a school district or county office of education that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program may elect to become a participant for creditable service subject to coverage under the Cash Balance Benefit Program for that employer, provided that the creditable service is not performed for the same employer with whom the member is also subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program.

(b) A member of the Defined Benefit Program who is employed pursuant to Section 87474, 87480, 87481, 87482, or 87482.5 by a community college district that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program may elect to become a participant for creditable service subject to coverage under the Cash Balance Benefit Program for that employer, provided that the creditable service is not performed for the same employer with whom the member is also subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program.

(c) The election shall be made on a properly executed form provided by the system and shall be filed with the employer within 60 calendar days of the later of the first day of employment with an employer that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program, the date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program, or the effective date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(d) Employers shall make available to employees specified in subdivisions (a) and (b) information and forms provided by the system for making an election regarding participation. The employer shall retain a copy of the employee's signed election form and mail the original signed election form to the headquarters office of the system as described in Section 22375. The election shall become effective on the first day of the pay period following the pay period in which the election is made.

(e) If an election is made pursuant to subdivision (a) and the participant's basis of employment with that employer changes to employment to perform creditable service for 50 percent or more of the full-time position during one school year with the same employer, creditable service performed for that employer shall no longer be covered under the Cash Balance Benefit Program. Creditable service performed for that employer shall be subject to coverage under the Defined Benefit Program as of the first day of the pay period following the change in the participant's basis of employment.

(f) If an election is made pursuant to subdivision (b) and the participant's basis of employment with the community college district changes to employment that is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22501, 22502, or 22504 during one school year with the same employer, creditable service performed for that employer shall no longer be covered under the Cash Balance Benefit Program. Creditable service performed for that employer shall be subject to coverage under the Defined Benefit Program as of the first day of the pay period following the change in the participant's basis of employment.

(g) (1) If an employee was excluded from participation in the Cash Balance Benefit Program pursuant to Section 26401.5, as that section read on December 31, 2000, for the same service, the employee may elect to become a participant for creditable service subject to coverage under the Cash Balance Benefit Program for that employer, provided all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The employment is pursuant to Section 87474, 87480, 87481, 87482, or 87482.5.

(B) The employer offers the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(C) The creditable service is not also subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program.

(2) Employers shall, on or before May 1, 2007, make available to employees described in this subdivision, information and forms provided by the system for making an election regarding participation. The employee shall submit the form to the employer within a 60-day election period designated by the employer. The employer shall retain a copy of the employee's signed election form and mail the original signed election form to the headquarters office of the system as described in Section 22375. The election shall become effective on the first day of the pay period following the pay period in which the election is made.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 655, Sec. 70.)

Reference:

Education Code 22375

Education Code 22501

Education Code 22502,

Education Code 22504

Education Code 26401.5

Education Code 87474

Education Code 87480

Education Code 87481

Education Code 87482

Education Code 87482.5