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AB-758 State teachers’ retirement.(2011-2012)



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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 758


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Wieckowski

February 17, 2011


An act to amend Sections 24214, 24216, 24216.5, and 24216.6 of the Education Code, relating to state teachers’ retirement.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 758, as introduced, Wieckowski. State teachers’ retirement.
The State Teachers’ Retirement Law limits the amount of postretirement compensation that may be earned in specified types of employment by a retired member of the Defined Benefit Program without a reduction in the retirement benefits of the member. That law provides exemptions from this limit and until June 30, 2012, specifies that the limitation provisions do not apply to compensation earned by a member retired for service who has returned to work after retirement and, for at least 12 consecutive months, has not performed specified activities. That law also exempts from the earnings limitation, until June 30, 2012, service performed by a retired member in an emergency situation to fill a vacant administrative position, as specified. Under that law, operative until June 30, 2010, the service retirement allowance of a retired member of the Defined Benefit Program is exempt from a reduction if the retired member is appointed as a trustee or administrator by the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a maximum period of 2 years, as specified.
This bill would extend the operation of these provisions until June 30, 2014.
Existing law further exempts from the earnings limitation, until June 30, 2012, compensation received by a retired member providing specified types of services, including direct remedial instruction, as specified, if that retired member retired on or before January 1, 2009.
This bill would provide that the compensation received by a retired member providing those specified types of services is exempt from the earnings limitation if the member retired for service with an effective date on or before January 1, 2011. The bill would extend these provisions until June 30, 2014. The bill would also delete a reference to an obsolete program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 24214 of the Education Code, as amended by Section 1 of Chapter 306 of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

24214.
 (a) A member retired for service under this part may perform the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor within the California public school system, but the member may not make contributions to the retirement fund or accrue service credit based on compensation earned from that service. The employer shall maintain accurate records of the earnings of the retired member and report those earnings monthly to the system and retired member as described in Section 22461.
(b) If a member is retired for service under this part, the rate of pay for service performed by that member as an employee of the employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor may not be less than the minimum, nor exceed that paid by the employer to other employees performing comparable duties.
(c) A member retired for service under this part may not be required to reinstate for performing the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor within the California public school system.
(d) A member retired for service under this part may earn compensation for performing activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 in any one school year up to the limitation specified in subdivision (f) as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or an independent contractor, within the California public school system, without a reduction in his or her retirement allowance.
(e) (1) The postretirement compensation limitation provisions set forth in this section are not applicable to compensation earned by a member retired for service under this part who has returned to work after the date of retirement and, for a period of at least 12 consecutive months, has not performed the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor within the California public school system. For the purpose of this paragraph, the period of 12 consecutive months shall begin no earlier than the effective date of the member’s most recent retirement.
(2) The postretirement compensation limitation provisions set forth in this section are not applicable to compensation earned for the performance of the activities described in subdivision (a) for which the employer is not eligible to receive state apportionment or to compensation that is not creditable pursuant to Section 22119.2.
(f) The limitation that shall apply to the compensation for performance of the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 by a member retired for service under this part either as an employee of an employer, an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor shall, in any one school year, be an amount calculated by the board each July 1 equal to twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000) adjusted by the percentage change in the average compensation earnable of active members of the Defined Benefit Program, as determined by the system, from the 1998–99 fiscal year to the fiscal year ending in the previous calendar year.
(g) If a member retired for service under this part earns compensation for performing activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 in excess of the limitation specified in subdivision (f), as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor, within the California public school system, and if that compensation is not exempt from that limitation under subdivision (e) or any other provisions of law, the member’s retirement allowance shall be reduced by the amount of the excess compensation. The amount of the reduction may be equal to the monthly allowance payable but shall not exceed the amount of the annual allowance payable under this part for the fiscal year in which the excess compensation was earned.
(h) The amendments to this section enacted during the 1995–96 Regular Session shall be deemed to have become operative on July 1, 1996.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until June 30, 2012 2014, and shall be repealed on January 1, 2013 2015, unless a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 2.

 Section 24214 of the Education Code, as amended by Section 2 of Chapter 306 of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

24214.
 (a) A member retired for service under this part may perform the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor within the California public school system, but the member may not make contributions to the retirement fund or accrue service credit based on compensation earned from that service. The employer shall maintain accurate records of the earnings of the retired member and report those earnings monthly to the system and retired member as described in Section 22461.
(b) If a member is retired for service under this part, the rate of pay for service performed by that member as an employee of the employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor within the California public school system may not be less than the minimum, nor exceed that paid by the employer to other employees performing comparable duties.
(c) A member retired for service under this part may not be required to reinstate for performing the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor within the California public school system.
(d) A member retired for service under this part may earn compensation for performing activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 in any one school year up to the limitation specified in subdivision (f) as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or an independent contractor, within the California public school system, without a reduction in his or her retirement allowance.
(e) The postretirement compensation limitation provisions set forth in this section are not applicable to compensation earned for the performance of the activities described in subdivision (a) for which the employer is not eligible to receive state apportionment or to compensation that is not creditable pursuant to Section 22119.2.
(f) The limitation that shall apply to the compensation for performance of the activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 by a member retired for service under this part either as an employee of an employer, an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor shall, in any one school year, be an amount calculated by the board each July 1 equal to twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000) adjusted by the percentage change in the average compensation earnable of active members of the Defined Benefit Program, as determined by the system, from the 1998–99 fiscal year to the fiscal year ending in the previous calendar year.
(g) If a member retired for service under this part earns compensation for performing activities identified in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 22119.5 in excess of the limitation specified in subdivision (f), as an employee of an employer, as an employee of a third party, or as an independent contractor, within the California public school system, the member’s retirement allowance shall be reduced by the amount of the excess compensation. The amount of the reduction may be equal to the monthly allowance payable but may not exceed the amount of the annual allowance payable under this part for the fiscal year in which the excess compensation was earned.
(h) The language of this section derived from the amendments to the section of this number added by Chapter 394 of the Statutes of 1995, enacted during the 1995–96 Regular Session, is deemed to have become operative on July 1, 1996.
(i)This section shall become operative on July 1, 2012 2014.

SEC. 3.

 Section 24216 of the Education Code is amended to read:

24216.
 (a) (1) A member retired for service under this part who is appointed as a trustee or administrator by the Superintendent pursuant to Section 41320.1, or who is appointed as a trustee pursuant to the Local Educational Agency Intervention provisions (Article 3.1 (commencing with Section 52055.57) of Chapter 6.1 of Part 28 of Title 2), or a member retired for service who is assigned by a county superintendent of schools pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 42122) of Chapter 6 of Part 24, shall be exempt from subdivisions (d) and (f) of Section 24214 for a maximum period of 24 consecutive months.
(2) The period of exemption shall commence on the date the member retired for service is appointed or assigned to the position and shall end no more than 24 consecutive months from that date, after which the limitation specified in subdivisions (d) and (f) of Section 24214 shall apply.
(3) An exemption under this subdivision shall be granted by the system providing that the Superintendent or the county superintendent of schools submits documentation required by the system to substantiate the eligibility of the member retired for service for an exemption under this subdivision. The documentation shall be received by the system no later than June 30 of the school year for which the exemption is to apply.
(b) (1) A member retired for service under this part who is employed by an employer to perform creditable service in an emergency situation to fill a vacant administrative position requiring highly specialized skills shall be exempt from the provisions of subdivisions (d) and (f) of Section 24214 for creditable service performed up to one-half of the full-time position, if the vacancy occurred due to circumstances beyond the control of the employer.
(2) The period of exemption shall commence on the date the member retired for service is appointed or assigned to the position and shall end no more than 24 consecutive months from that date, after which the limitation specified in subdivisions (d) and (f) of Section 24214 shall apply.
(3) An exemption under this subdivision shall be granted by the system subject to the following conditions:
(A) The recruitment process to fill the vacancy on a permanent basis is expected to extend over several months.
(B) The employment is reported in a public meeting of the governing body of the employer.
(C) The employer submits documentation required by the system to substantiate the eligibility of the member retired for service for an exemption under this subdivision. The documentation shall be received by the system no later than June 30 of the school year for which the exemption is to apply.
(4) An exemption under this subdivision shall not be granted to a member retired for service whose termination of employment with the employer is the basis for the vacant administrative position.
(c) This section does not apply to any person who has received additional service credit pursuant to Section 22715 or 22716.
(d) A person who has received additional service credit pursuant to Section 22714 or 22714.5 shall be ineligible for one year from the effective date of retirement for the exemption provided in this section for service performed in any school district, community college district, or county office of education in the state.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until June 30, 2012 2014, and shall be repealed on January 1, 2013 2015, unless a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 4.

 Section 24216.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

24216.5.
 (a) The compensation earned by a member who retired for service under this part shall be exempt from subdivisions (d), (f), and (g) of Section 24214, if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The member retired for service with an effective date on or before January 1, 2009 2011.
(2) The member retired for service is employed by a school district to provide any of the following:
(A) Direct classroom instruction to pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(B) Support and assessment for new teachers through the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program authorized by Section 44279.1.
(C) Support to individuals completing student teaching assignments.
(D) Support to individuals participating in the following programs:

(i)Pre-Internship Teaching Program authorized pursuant to Article 5.6 (commencing with Section 44305) of Chapter 2 of Part 25.

(ii)

(i) Alternative certification programs authorized pursuant to Article 11 (commencing with Section 44380) of Chapter 2 of Part 25.

(iii)

(ii) School Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program established pursuant to Article 12 (commencing with Section 44390) of Chapter 2 of Part 25.
(E) Instruction and pupil services provided to pupils enrolled in special education programs authorized pursuant to Part 30 (commencing with Section 56000) of Division 4 of Title 2.
(F) Instruction to pupils enrolled in English language learner programs authorized pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 300), Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 400), and Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 430) of Part 1 of Division 1.
(3) All members retired for service whose employment with a school district meets the conditions specified in this section shall be treated as a distinct class of temporary employees within the existing bargaining unit whose service may not be included in computing the service required as a prerequisite to attainment of or eligibility for classification as a permanent employee of a school district. The compensation for service performed by this class of employees shall be established in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 24214 and agreed to in the collective bargaining agreement between the employing school district and the exclusive representative for the existing bargaining unit within which these temporary employees of the school district are treated as a distinct class.
(4) The employing school district submits documentation required by the system to substantiate the eligibility of the temporary employment of a member retired for service for the exemption under this subdivision. The documentation shall be received by the system no later than June 30 of the school year for which the exemption is to apply.
(b) A school district that employs a member retired for service pursuant to this section shall maintain accurate records of the retired member’s compensation earned and shall report that compensation monthly to the system regardless of the method of payment or the source of funds from which the compensation is paid.
(c) This section does not apply to the compensation earned for creditable service performed by a member retired for service for a community college district.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until June 30, 2012 2014, and shall be repealed as of January 1, 2013 2014, unless a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 5.

 Section 24216.6 of the Education Code is amended to read:

24216.6.
 (a) The compensation earned by a member who retired for service under this part shall be exempt from subdivisions (d), (f), and (g) of Section 24214, if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The member retired for service with an effective date on or before January 1, 2009 2011.
(2) The member retired for service is employed by a school district to provide direct remedial instruction to pupils in grades 2 to 12, inclusive. “Remedial instruction” means the programs specified in Sections 37252 and 37252.2.
(3) All members retired for service whose employment with a school district meets the conditions specified in this section shall be treated as a distinct class of temporary employees within the existing bargaining unit whose service may not be included in computing the service required as a prerequisite to attainment of or eligibility for classification as a permanent employee of a school district. The compensation for service performed by this class of employees shall be established in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 24214 and agreed to in the collective bargaining agreement between the employing school district and the exclusive representative for the existing bargaining unit within which these temporary employees of the school district are treated as a distinct class.
(4) The employing school district submits documentation required by the system to substantiate the eligibility of the temporary employment of a member retired for service for the exemption under this subdivision. That documentation shall be on a properly executed form provided by the system and shall be received by the system no later than June 30 of the school year for which the exemption is to apply.
(b) A school district that employs a member retired for service pursuant to this section shall maintain accurate records of the retired member’s compensation earned and shall report that compensation monthly to the system regardless of the method of payment or the source of funds from which the compensation is paid.
(c) This section does not apply to the compensation earned for creditable service performed by a member retired for service for a county office of education or a community college district.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until June 30, 2012 2014, and shall be repealed as of January 1, 2013 2015, unless a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date.