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TITLE 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 14. STATE TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM CASH BENEFIT PROGRAM [26000 - 28101]

  ( Heading of Part 14 amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 304, Sec. 32. )

CHAPTER 5. Eligibility [26400 - 26403]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 592, Sec. 16. )

26400.
  

(a) (1) A person employed on a part-time basis by an employer, excluding community college districts, to perform creditable service for less than 50 percent of each full-time position shall become a participant on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed for an employer that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program or the effective date of the employer’s governing board’s action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program, provided that creditable service is not performed for the same employer with whom the person is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program, and that the person has not made an election pursuant to subdivision (d).

(2) If the participant’s basis of employment with an employer, excluding community college districts, that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program 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 as of the last day of the pay period in which the change in the participant’s basis of employment occurred. Creditable service performed for that employer shall be subject to coverage by the Defined Benefit Program as of the first day of the pay period following the change in the participant’s basis of employment.

(b) (1) A person employed on a temporary basis pursuant to Section 87474, 87478, 87480, 87481, 87482, or 87482.5 by a community college district, who is not subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22501, 22502, 22503, or 22504 for each position with the same employer, shall become a participant on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed for an employer that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program or the effective date of the employer’s governing board’s action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program, provided that the person has not made an election pursuant to subdivision (d).

(2) If the participant’s basis of employment with a community college district changes to employment that is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22501, 22502, 22503, 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 as of the last day of the pay period in which the change in the participant’s basis of employment occurred. Creditable service performed for that employer shall be subject to coverage by the Defined Benefit Program as of the first day of the pay period following the change in the participant’s basis of employment.

(c) (1) Any person employed to perform creditable service as a substitute employee for an employer shall become a participant on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed for an employer that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program or the effective date of the employer’s governing board’s action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program, provided that creditable service is not performed for the same employer with whom the person is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program, and that the person has not made an election pursuant to subdivision (d).

(2) If the participant’s basis of employment as a substitute employee for an employer changes to employment that is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22501, 22502, 22503, 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 as of the last day of the pay period in which the change in the participant’s basis of employment occurred. 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.

(d) If the employer’s governing board’s action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program gives employees the right to elect coverage under the federal Social Security Act or an alternative retirement plan offered by the employer in addition to the Cash Balance Benefit Program, the employee may elect within 60 calendar days of the latest of the first day that creditable service is performed, 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 to be covered by the federal Social Security Act or to participate in the alternative retirement plan in lieu of participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program. An election shall not preclude an employee from participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program at a later date so long as the Cash Balance Benefit Program is provided by the employer and the employee is eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(e) If subdivision (d) is applicable, the employer shall inform employees pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 26300 of their right to make an election and the election shall be made on a properly executed form provided by the system and filed with the employer. The employer shall retain a copy of the employee’s signed election form and mail the original election form to the system’s headquarters office. The election shall become effective on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed or the effective date of the employer’s governing board’s action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(f) If the governing board of an employer subsequently provides, in addition to the Cash Balance Benefit Program, federal Social Security Act coverage, a participant covered by the Cash Balance Benefit Program who is performing creditable service for that employer may elect to be covered by the federal Social Security Act in lieu of the Cash Balance Benefit Program. That participant’s election shall be made within 60 calendar days of the date the governing board acted to provide coverage under the federal Social Security Act or the effective date of the governing board’s action to provide federal Social Security Act coverage, whichever is later. An election under this subdivision may not preclude an employee from participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program at a later date if the employee is eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program and the employer provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(g) If the governing board of an employer provided federal Social Security Act coverage with an effective date prior to January 1, 2007, and the employer offered the Cash Balance Benefit Program as of the effective date of the governing board’s action to provide federal Social Security Act coverage, a participant who was performing creditable service for that employer may elect to be covered by the federal Social Security Act in lieu of the Cash Balance Benefit Program. The participant’s election shall be made on or after March 1, 2008, and on or before May 1, 2008. The election to participate in the federal Social Security Act shall be effective on July 1, 2008. An election under this subdivision may not preclude an employee from participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program at a later date if the employee is eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program and the employer provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(h) An election by an employee to terminate his or her participation in the Cash Balance Benefit Program as described in subdivision (f) or (g) shall be made on a properly executed form provided by the system and filed with the employer. The employer shall retain a copy of the employee’s signed election form and mail the original election form to the system’s headquarters office.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 123, Sec. 32. Effective January 1, 2016.)

26401.
  

(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 an employer, excluding 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.

(b) A member of the Defined Benefit Program who is employed pursuant to Section 87474, 87478, 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) A member of the Defined Benefit Program who is employed to perform creditable service as a substitute employee by an employer 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.

(d) 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.

(e) 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 system’s headquarters office. The election shall become effective on the first day of the pay period following the pay period in which the election is made.

(f) 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 as of the last day of the pay period in which the change in the participant’s basis of employment occurred. 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) 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, 22503, 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 as of the last day of the pay period in which the change in the participant’s basis of employment occurred. 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.

(h) If an election is made pursuant to subdivision (c) and the participant’s basis of employment with that employer changes to employment that is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22501, 22502, 22503, 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 as of the last day of the pay period in which the change in the participant’s basis of employment occurred. 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.

(i) (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, 87478, 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 system’s headquarters office. 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. 2015, Ch. 123, Sec. 33. Effective January 1, 2016.)

26403.
  

A person who performs trustee service for an employer who has elected to provide benefits pursuant to this part to its employees may elect to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program for that service.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1020, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 2001.)

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