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CHAPTER 352D. STATE UNCLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT PROGRAM

Table of Sections
SectionHeadnote
352D.01ESTABLISHMENT.
352D.015DEFINITIONS.
352D.02COVERAGE.
352D.03TRANSFER OF ASSETS.
352D.04INVESTMENT OPTIONS.
352D.05WITHDRAWAL OPTIONS.
352D.06ANNUITIES.
352D.065DISABILITY BENEFITS.
352D.07Repealed, 1973 c 624 s 13
352D.075DEATH BENEFITS.
352D.08Repealed, 1973 c 624 s 13
352D.085COMBINED SERVICE.
352D.09ADMINISTRATION.
352D.10Repealed, 1981 c 224 s 276
352D.11PURCHASE OF PRIOR SERVICE CREDIT.
352D.12TRANSFER OF PRIOR SERVICE CONTRIBUTIONS.
352D.01 ESTABLISHMENT.
There is hereby established within the Minnesota State Retirement System a retirement
program for certain public employees to be known as the Minnesota unclassified employees
retirement program. The program must be administered by the Minnesota State Retirement
System.
History: 1971 c 604 s 1; 1973 c 624 s 1; 1986 c 458 s 5; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 30
352D.015 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. General. As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter indicates
otherwise, the following terms shall have the meanings given.
    Subd. 2. Unclassified program. "Unclassified program" means the program established
by this chapter.
    Subd. 3. Supplemental investment fund. "Supplemental investment fund" means the fund
established and governed by section 11A.17.
    Subd. 4. General fund. "General fund" means the general state employees retirement fund
except the moneys for the unclassified program.
    Subd. 5. Covered employment. "Covered employment" means employment covered by this
chapter or by chapter 352.
    Subd. 6. Employee shares. "Employee shares" means shares in the supplemental fund
purchased with the employee's contributions.
    Subd. 7. Employer shares. "Employer shares" means shares in the supplemental fund
purchased with the employer's contributions.
    Subd. 8. Total shares. "Total shares" means all the employee shares and employer shares
credited to a participant. Where applicable, the term "contributions" shall mean "shares."
    Subd. 9. Value. "Value" means cash value at the end of the month following receipt of an
application. If no application is required, "value" means the cash value at the end of the month in
which the event necessitating the transfer occurs.
    Subd. 10.[Repealed, 1975 c 368 s 51]
History: 1973 c 624 s 2; 1975 c 368 s 41; 1980 c 607 art 14 s 46; 1983 c 128 s 32; 1986 c
458 s 6; 1987 c 284 art 4 s 4; 1993 c 307 art 1 s 34; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 31,32
352D.02 COVERAGE.
    Subdivision 1. Coverage. (a) Employees enumerated in paragraph (c), clauses (2), (3), (4),
(6) to (14), and (16) to (18), if they are in the unclassified service of the state or Metropolitan
Council and are eligible for coverage under the general state employees retirement plan under
chapter 352, are participants in the unclassified program under this chapter unless the employee
gives notice to the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System within one year
following the commencement of employment in the unclassified service that the employee desires
coverage under the general state employees retirement plan. For the purposes of this chapter, an
employee who does not file notice with the executive director is deemed to have exercised the
option to participate in the unclassified program.
    (b) Persons referenced in paragraph (c), clause (5), are participants in the unclassified
program under this chapter unless the person was eligible to elect different coverage under section
3A.07 and elected retirement coverage by the applicable alternative retirement plan. Persons
referenced in paragraph (c), clause (15), are participants in the unclassified program under
this chapter for judicial employment in excess of the service credit limit in section 490.121,
subdivision 22
.
    (c) Enumerated employees and referenced persons are:
    (1) the governor, the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state, the state auditor, and the
attorney general;
    (2) an employee in the Office of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State
Auditor, Attorney General;
    (3) an employee of the State Board of Investment;
    (4) the head of a department, division, or agency created by statute in the unclassified service,
an acting department head subsequently appointed to the position, or an employee enumerated in
section 15A.0815 or 15A.083, subdivision 4;
    (5) a member of the legislature;
    (6) a full-time unclassified employee of the legislature or a commission or agency of the
legislature who is appointed without a limit on the duration of the employment or a temporary
legislative employee having shares in the supplemental retirement fund as a result of former
employment covered by this chapter, whether or not eligible for coverage under the Minnesota
State Retirement System;
    (7) a person who is employed in a position established under section 43A.08, subdivision
1
, clause (3), or in a position authorized under a statute creating or establishing a department or
agency of the state, which is at the deputy or assistant head of department or agency or director
level;
    (8) the regional administrator, or executive director of the Metropolitan Council, general
counsel, division directors, operations managers, and other positions as designated by the council,
all of which may not exceed 27 positions at the council and the chair;
    (9) the executive director, associate executive director, and not to exceed nine positions
of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education in the unclassified service, as designated by the
Minnesota Office of Higher Education before January 1, 1992, or subsequently redesignated with
the approval of the board of directors of the Minnesota State Retirement System, unless the person
has elected coverage by the individual retirement account plan under chapter 354B;
    (10) the clerk of the appellate courts appointed under article VI, section 2, of the Constitution
of the state of Minnesota, the state court administrator and judicial district administrators;
    (11) the chief executive officers of correctional facilities operated by the Department of
Corrections and of hospitals and nursing homes operated by the Department of Human Services;
    (12) an employee whose principal employment is at the state ceremonial house;
    (13) an employee of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute;
    (14) an employee of the State Lottery who is covered by the managerial plan established
under section 43A.18, subdivision 3;
    (15) a judge who has exceeded the service credit limit in section 490.121, subdivision 22;
    (16) an employee of Minnesota Technology Incorporated;
    (17) a person employed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as faculty or in an
eligible unclassified administrative position as defined in section 354B.20, subdivision 6, who
was employed by the former state university or the former community college system before May
1, 1995, and elected unclassified program coverage prior to May 1, 1995; and
    (18) a person employed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities who was employed
in state service before July 1, 1995, who subsequently is employed in an eligible unclassified
administrative position as defined in section 354B.20, subdivision 6, and who elects coverage by
the unclassified program.
    Subd. 1a.[Repealed, 1995 c 141 art 4 s 31]
    Subd. 1b.[Repealed, 1991 c 238 art 1 s 26]
    Subd. 1c. Transfer of contributions. An employee covered by the regular plan who is
subsequently employed as a full-time unclassified employee of the legislature or any commission
or agency of the legislature without a limit on the duration of the employment may elect to transfer
accumulated employee and matching employer contributions, as provided in section 352D.03.
    Subd. 1d. Election of program participation. An employee who is a participant in the
unclassified program by virtue of employment in a position listed in subdivision 1 may elect to
remain in the unclassified program upon subsequent employment in an unlimited, full-time
unclassified position that is not listed in subdivision 1. To elect participation in the unclassified
program, the employee must give notice to the executive director of the Minnesota State
Retirement System within one year of the commencement of employment in an unclassified
position that is not listed in subdivision 1. Upon receipt of the notice, the executive director shall
transfer to the employee's account in the unclassified program an amount equal to the employer
and employee contributions with six percent interest to the regular plan on the employee's behalf
from the commencement of employment in the position not listed in subdivision 1 to the receipt
of the notice by the executive director.
    Subd. 2. Coverage upon employment change. A person becoming a participant in the
unclassified program by virtue of employment in a position specified in subdivision 1, clause (4),
and remaining in the unclassified service shall remain a participant in the program even though
the position the person occupies is deleted from any of the sections referenced in subdivision 1,
clause (4), by subsequent amendment, except that a person shall not be eligible to elect the
unclassified program after separation from unclassified service if on the return of the person to
service, that position is not specified in subdivision 1, clause (4). Any person employed in a
position specified in subdivision 1 shall cease to participate in the unclassified program in the
event the position is placed in the classified service.
    Subd. 3. Transfer to general plan. (a) An employee credited with employee shares in the
unclassified program, after acquiring credit for ten years of allowable service and not later than
one month following the termination of covered employment, may elect to terminate participation
in the unclassified program and be covered by the general plan by filing a written election with the
executive director. The executive director shall then redeem the employee's total shares and shall
credit to the employee's account in the general plan the amount of contributions that would have
been so credited had the employee been covered by the general plan during the employee's entire
covered employment. The balance of money so redeemed and not credited to the employee's
account shall be transferred to the general plan retirement fund, except that (1) the employee
contribution paid to the unclassified program must be compared to (2) the employee contributions
that would have been paid to the general plan for the comparable period, if the individual had been
covered by that plan. If clause (1) is greater than clause (2), the difference must be refunded to the
employee as provided in section 352.22. If clause (2) is greater than clause (1), the difference
must be paid by the employee within six months of electing general plan coverage or before the
effective date of the annuity, whichever is sooner.
    (b) An election under paragraph (a) to transfer coverage to the general plan is irrevocable
during any period of covered employment.
    Subd. 4. Start of coverage. When any person elects participation in the unclassified program
all contributions from the time first eligible to make such an election shall be covered by the
program.
    Subd. 5.[Repealed, 2004 c 267 art 1 s 9]
    Subd. 6. Omitted salary deductions. The provisions of section 352.04, subdivision 8,
apply to this section.
History: 1971 c 604 s 2; 1973 c 624 s 3; 1975 c 368 s 42,43; 1976 c 329 s 11; 1977 c 429 s
17; 1979 c 50 s 43; 1980 c 607 art 14 s 37; 1981 c 224 s 68,69; 1982 c 399 s 1; 1982 c 560 s 56,57;
1983 c 128 s 33; 1983 c 247 s 138; 1984 c 574 s 8; 1984 c 619 s 14; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 124; art 5
s 58; 1Sp1985 c 10 s 88; 1986 c 444; 1986 c 458 s 7; 1990 c 570 art 4 s 1; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1991
c 317 s 1; 1992 c 446 s 3,4; 1993 c 239 art 1 s 1,2; 1993 c 307 art 3 s 6,7; 1994 c 628 art 1 s 3; art
3 s 30; 1995 c 141 art 4 s 2; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 59; 1997 c 233 art 2 s 3,4; 2Sp1997 c 3 s 18; 2000
c 260 s 56; 2000 c 457 s 7,8; 2000 c 461 art 3 s 3; art 18 s 1; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 77; 2003 c 112 art
2 s 50; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 60; 2006 c 271 art 10 s 32; 2007 c 54 art 5 s 7; 2007 c 134 art 2 s 10,11
352D.03 TRANSFER OF ASSETS.
Unless an eligible employee enumerated in section 352D.02, subdivision 1, has elected
coverage under the individual retirement account plan under chapter 354B, a sum of money
representing the assets credited to each employee exercising the option contained in section
352D.02, plus an equal employer contribution together with interest for the employment period at
the applicable preretirement interest actuarial assumption rate during this period, compounded
annually, must be used for the purchase of shares on behalf of each employee in the accounts of
the supplemental retirement fund established by section 11A.17.
History: 1971 c 604 s 3; 1973 c 35 s 54; 1973 c 624 s 4; 1974 c 152 s 12; 1980 c 607 art 14
s 46; 1992 c 446 s 5; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 33
352D.04 INVESTMENT OPTIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Investment options. (a) A person exercising an option to participate in the
retirement program provided by this chapter may elect to purchase shares in one or a combination
of the income share account, the growth share account, the international share account, the money
market account, the bond market account, the fixed interest account, or the common stock index
account established in section 11A.17. The person may elect to participate in one or more of the
investment accounts in the fund by specifying, on a form provided by the executive director, the
percentage of the person's contributions provided in subdivision 2 to be used to purchase shares in
each of the accounts.
(b) A participant may indicate in writing on forms provided by the Minnesota State
Retirement System a choice of options for subsequent purchases of shares. Until a different
written indication is made by the participant, the executive director shall purchase shares in
the supplemental fund as selected by the participant. If no initial option is chosen, 100 percent
income shares must be purchased for a participant. A change in choice of investment option is
effective no later than the first pay date first occurring after 30 days following the receipt of the
request for a change.
(c) Shares in the fixed interest account attributable to any guaranteed investment contract as
of July 1, 1994, may not be withdrawn from the fund or transferred to another account until the
guaranteed investment contract has expired, unless the participant qualifies for withdrawal under
section 352D.05 or for benefit payments under sections 352D.06 to 352D.075.
(d) A participant or former participant may also change the investment options selected
for all or a portion of the participant's shares previously purchased in accounts, subject to the
provisions of paragraph (c) concerning the fixed interest account. Changes in investment options
for the participant's shares must be effected as soon as cash flow to an account practically permits,
but not later than six months after the requested change.
     Subd. 2. Contribution rates. (a) The money used to purchase shares under this section is the
employee and employer contributions provided in this subdivision.
     (b) The employee contribution is an amount equal to four percent of salary.
     (c) The employer contribution is an amount equal to six percent of salary.
     (d) For members of the legislature, the contributions under this subdivision also must be
made on per diem payments received during a regular or special legislative session, but may not
be made on per diem payments received outside of a regular or special legislative session, on the
additional compensation attributable to a leadership position under section 3.099, subdivision
3, living expense payments under section 3.101, or special session living expense payments
under section 3.103.
    (e) For a judge who is a member of the unclassified plan under section 352D.02, subdivision
1, paragraph (c), clause (16), the employee contribution rate is eight percent of salary, and there is
no employer contribution.
(f) These contributions must be made in the manner provided in section 352.04, subdivisions
4, 5, and 6.
History: 1971 c 604 s 4; 1973 c 624 s 5; 1974 c 152 s 13; 1980 c 607 art 14 s 38; 1981 c
224 s 70; 3Sp1981 c 2 art 1 s 68; 1983 c 128 s 34; 1986 c 356 s 9; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 453 s 10;
1989 c 319 art 1 s 13; 1992 c 539 s 11; 1993 c 307 art 1 s 35; 1994 c 528 art 1 s 12; 1994 c 604
art 1 s 12; 1997 c 233 art 2 s 5,6; 2000 c 461 art 18 s 2; 2006 c 271 art 1 s 8
NOTE: The amendment to subdivision 2 by Laws 2006, chapter 271, article 1, section 8, is
effective July 1, 2007. Laws 2006, chapter 271, article 1, section 9.
352D.05 WITHDRAWAL OPTIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Pretermination of employment. No withdrawal of shares shall be permitted
prior to termination of covered employment.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1975 c 368 s 51]
    Subd. 3. Full or partial withdrawal. After termination of covered employment or at any
time thereafter, a participant is entitled, upon application, to withdraw the cash value of the
participant's total shares or leave such shares on deposit with the supplemental retirement fund.
The account is valued at the end of the month in which application for withdrawal is made.
Shares not withdrawn remain on deposit with the supplemental retirement fund until the former
participant becomes at least 55 years old, and applies for an annuity under section 352D.06,
subdivision 1
.
    Subd. 4. Repayment of refund. (a) A participant in the unclassified program may repay
regular refunds taken under section 352.22, as provided in section 352.23.
(b) A participant in the unclassified program or an employee covered by the general plan
who has withdrawn the value of the total shares may repay the refund taken and thereupon restore
the service credit, rights and benefits forfeited by paying into the fund the amount refunded plus
interest at an annual rate of 8.5 percent compounded annually from the date that the refund was
taken until the date that the refund is repaid. If the participant had withdrawn only the employee
shares as permitted under prior laws, repayment must be pro rata.
(c) Except as provided in section 356.441, the repayment of a refund under this section
must be made in a lump sum.
    Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1993 c 307 art 7 s 1]
History: 1971 c 604 s 5; 1973 c 624 s 6; 1975 c 368 s 44; 1976 c 81 s 1; 1978 c 562 s 10;
1980 c 607 art 14 s 39,40; 1986 c 444; 1990 c 570 art 12 s 18; 1992 c 598 art 1 s 10; 1993 c 307
art 1 s 36,37; art 2 s 17; 2000 c 461 art 3 s 4; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 34
352D.06 ANNUITIES.
    Subdivision 1. Annuity; reserves. When a participant attains at least age 55, terminates
from covered service, and applies for a retirement annuity, the cash value of the participant's
shares shall be transferred to the Minnesota postretirement investment fund and used to provide
an annuity for the retired employee based upon the participant's age when the benefit begins to
accrue according to the reserve basis used by the general state employees retirement plan in
determining pensions and reserves.
    Subd. 2. Partial value annuity. A participant has the option in an application for an annuity
to apply for and receive a partial value of the total shares and thereafter receive an annuity, as
provided in subdivision 1, based on the remaining value of the total shares.
    Subd. 3. Accrual date. An annuity under this section accrues the first day of the first full
month after an application is received or the day following termination of state service, whichever
is later. The account must be valued and redeemed on the later of the end of the month of
termination of covered employment, or the end of the month of receipt of the annuity application
for the purpose of computing the annuity.
History: 1971 c 604 s 6; 1973 c 624 s 7; 1975 c 368 s 45,46; 1980 c 607 art 14 s 45 subd 2;
1986 c 444; 1986 c 458 s 8; 1989 c 319 art 1 s 14; 2000 c 461 art 3 s 5; 2007 c 134 art 2 s 12
352D.065 DISABILITY BENEFITS.
    Subdivision 1.[Repealed, 1975 c 368 s 51]
    Subd. 2. Disability benefit amount. A participant who becomes totally and permanently
disabled has the option, even if on leave of absence without pay, to receive:
(1) the value of the participant's total shares;
(2) the value of a portion of the total shares and an annuity based on the remainder of the
total shares; or
(3) an annuity based on the value of the participant's total shares.
    Subd. 3. Annuity payment. The annuity payable under this section shall begin to accrue
the first day of the month following the date of disability and shall be based on the participant's
age when the annuity begins to accrue. The shares shall be valued as of the end of the month
following authorization of payments.
    Subd. 4. No workers' compensation reduction. The benefits payable under this section shall
not be reduced by amounts received or receivable under applicable workers' compensation laws.
    Subd. 5. Return to service. A participant who returns to covered service after receiving
benefits under this section shall not be required or allowed to repay such benefits.
History: 1973 c 624 s 8; 1975 c 359 s 23; 1975 c 368 s 47,48; 1986 c 444; 1986 c 458
s 9; 2004 c 267 art 8 s 14
352D.07 [Repealed, 1973 c 624 s 13]
352D.075 DEATH BENEFITS.
    Subdivision 1.[Repealed, 1975 c 368 s 51]
    Subd. 2. Surviving spouse benefit. (a) Notwithstanding any designation of a beneficiary to
the contrary, if a participant or a former participant dies before an annuity or a disability benefit
becomes payable, the surviving spouse is entitled to receive:
(1) a lump-sum payment of the value of the participant's total shares;
(2) a lump-sum payment of a portion of the value of the total shares and, at any time after
the participant's death, an annuity based on the remaining value of the total shares. If the spouse
dies before receiving any annuity payments, the remaining value of the shares is payable to the
spouse's children in equal shares, and if no children survive, then to the parents of the spouse in
equal shares, and if no children or parents survive, then to the estate of the spouse; or
(3) at any time after the participant's death, an annuity based on the value of the total shares.
If the spouse dies before receiving any annuity payments, the value of the shares is payable to the
spouse's children in equal shares, and if no children survive, then to the parents of the spouse in
equal shares, and if no such children or parents survive, then to the estate of the spouse; and if the
spouse dies after receiving annuity payments but before receiving payments equal to the value
of the employee shares, the value of the employee shares remaining is payable to the spouse's
children in equal shares, and if no children survive, then to the parents of the spouse in equal
shares, and if no children or parents survive, then to the estate of the spouse.
(b) A participant or a former participant and the person's spouse may make a joint
specification, in writing, on a form prescribed by the executive director, that the benefits provided
in this section must be paid only to the designated beneficiary.
    Subd. 2a. Surviving spouse coverage term certain. In lieu of the annuity under subdivision
2, clause (2) or (3), or in lieu of a distribution under subdivision 2, clause (1), the surviving spouse
of a deceased participant may elect to receive survivor coverage in the form of a term certain
annuity of five, six, 15, or 20 years, based on the value of the remaining shares. The monthly term
certain annuity must be calculated under section 352D.06, subdivision 1.
    Subd. 3. Refund to beneficiary. If a participant dies and has no surviving spouse, the
value of the total shares is payable to a designated beneficiary, but if the beneficiary dies before
receiving payment, or if no beneficiary has been named, the value of the shares is payable to the
children of the participant in equal shares, or if no children survive, then in equal shares to the
parents of the participant, or if no parents survive, then to the estate of the participant.
History: 1973 c 624 s 9; 1975 c 368 s 49,50; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 319 art 1 s 15; 2004
c 267 art 9 s 12-14
352D.08 [Repealed, 1973 c 624 s 13]
352D.085 COMBINED SERVICE.
    Subdivision 1. Combined service. Except as provided in section 356.30, 356.302, or
356.303, service under the unclassified program for which the employee has been credited with
employee shares may be used for the limited purpose of qualifying for benefits under sections
352.115, 352.72, subdivision 1, 352.113, 354.44, 354.45, 354.48, and 354.60. The service also
may not be used to qualify for a disability benefit under section 352.113 or 354.48 if a participant
was under the unclassified program at the time of the disability. Also, the years of service and
salary paid while the participant was in the unclassified program may not be used in determining
the amount of benefits.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1975 c 368 s 51]
History: 1973 c 624 s 10; 1986 c 444; 1986 c 458 s 10; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 35
352D.09 ADMINISTRATION.
    Subdivision 1. Administrative agency and standards. The unclassified employees
retirement plan and the provisions of this chapter must be administered by the Minnesota State
Retirement System. The provisions of chapter 352 govern in all instances where not inconsistent
with the provisions of this chapter. Fiduciary activities of the unclassified employees retirement
plan must be undertaken in a manner consistent with chapter 356A.
    Subd. 2. Redemption; purchases. Whenever redemption or purchases from the
supplemental retirement fund are required to be made, the executive director shall make them.
    Subd. 3. Prospectus. The executive director shall annually distribute the prospectus prepared
by the supplemental fund, by July 1 or when received from such fund, whichever is later, to each
participant in covered employment.
    Subd. 4. Applications. Whenever benefits or withdrawals are authorized or required to
be paid, payment shall be made only after receipt of an application signed by the person or
representative authorized to receive the benefit or withdrawal; such application shall be made
only on forms authorized by the executive director.
    Subd. 5. Unclaimed benefits. If the beneficiary, surviving spouse or estate has not made
application for benefits within ten years after the date of the death of a participant, the value of the
shares is appropriated to the general state employees retirement fund and the provisions of section
352.12, subdivision 12, govern. If a former participant fails to make a claim for benefits within
five years after the termination of covered service or by age 70, whichever is later, the value of
the shares is appropriated to the general state employees retirement fund and the provisions of
section 352.22, subdivision 8, apply.
    Subd. 5a. Small balance accounts. If a former participant who contributed less than $500 in
employee contributions cannot be contacted by the system for five or more years, the value of
the shares shall be appropriated to the general employees retirement fund, but upon subsequent
contact by the former employee the account shall be reinstated to the amount that would have
been payable had the money been left in the unclassified plan.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1994 c 528 art 1 s 15]
    Subd. 7. Administrative fees. The board of directors shall establish a budget and charge
participants a fee to pay the administrative expenses of the unclassified program. Fees cannot be
charged on contributions and investment returns attributable to contributions made before July 1,
1992. Annual total fees charged for plan administration cannot exceed 10/100 of one percent of the
contributions and investment returns attributable to contributions made on or after July 1, 1992.
    Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1998 c 390 art 2 s 21]
History: 1971 c 604 s 9; 1973 c 624 s 11; 1981 c 224 s 71; 3Sp1981 c 2 art 1 s 69; 1989 c
319 art 8 s 15; 1992 c 539 s 12; 1993 c 307 art 1 s 38-40; 1994 c 604 art 1 s 13; 1998 c 390 art 2
s 7; 2000 c 461 art 3 s 6; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 36
352D.10 [Repealed, 1981 c 224 s 276]
352D.11 PURCHASE OF PRIOR SERVICE CREDIT.
    Subdivision 1. Eligibility. A qualified legislative employee may purchase prior service
credit from the Minnesota State Retirement System for service for which the employee did not
receive service credit from the state retirement system. An employee is qualified to purchase
prior service credit only if:
(1) the employee is a permanent employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or of a
joint legislative agency or legislative commission, or a former permanent employee of the senate,
the house of representatives, or of a joint legislative agency or legislative commission who has
not withdrawn the value of shares in the unclassified program; and
(2) before permanent employment the employee served as a temporary, intermittent, or
contract employee of the senate, the house of representatives, a joint legislative staff agency, or
a legislative commission.
    Subd. 2. Payments by employee. An employee entitled to purchase service credit may make
the purchase by paying to the state retirement system an amount equal to the current employee
contribution rate in effect for the state retirement system applied to the current or final salary rate
multiplied by the months and days of prior temporary, intermittent, or contract legislative service.
Payment shall be made in one lump sum unless the executive director of the state retirement
system agrees to accept payment in installments over a period of not more than three years from
the date of the agreement. Installment payments shall be charged interest at an annual rate of
8.5 percent compounded annually.
    Subd. 3. Certification. Proof of all legislative employment and the duration of all legislative
employment shall be established for current or former employees by certification of the
appropriate employer:
(1) by the Committee on Rules and Administration of the senate;
(2) by the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration of the house of
representatives; or
(3) by the agency director or commission chair for service as an employee of a joint
legislative staff agency or legislative commission.
Certification to the executive director of the state retirement system shall include the exact
period or periods of employment for which the employee or qualified former employee is entitled
to obtain service credit. Service credit shall be computed and granted upon receiving payment
based on the relationship that the temporary, intermittent, or contract service bears to full-time
employment.
    Subd. 4. Employer contributions. Employee payments to the state retirement system
authorized by this section shall be matched by the current employer of the qualified employee
from the appropriation made to the respective legislative expense funds or the appropriation
available to the agency or commission. If the qualified employee is a participant in the unclassified
program at the time of payment, payments by the employee and employer shall be used to
purchase shares in the Minnesota supplemental retirement fund.
History: 1983 c 360 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1992 c 598 art 1 s 11
352D.12 TRANSFER OF PRIOR SERVICE CONTRIBUTIONS.
(a) An employee who is a participant in the unclassified program and who has prior service
credit in a covered plan under chapter 352, 353, 354, 354A, or 422A may, within the time limits
specified in this section, elect to transfer to the unclassified program prior service contributions to
one or more of those plans.
(b) For participants with prior service credit in a plan governed by chapter 352, 353, 354,
354A, or 422A, "prior service contributions" means the accumulated employee and equal
employer contributions with interest at an annual rate of 8.5 percent compounded annually,
based on fiscal year balances.
(c) If a participant has taken a refund from a retirement plan listed in this section, the
participant may repay the refund to that plan, notwithstanding any restrictions on repayment to
that plan, plus 8.5 percent interest compounded annually and have the accumulated employee
and equal employer contributions transferred to the unclassified program with interest at an
annual rate of 8.5 percent compounded annually based on fiscal year balances. If a person repays
a refund and subsequently elects to have the money transferred to the unclassified program,
the repayment amount, including interest, is added to the fiscal year balance in the year which
the repayment was made.
(d) A participant electing to transfer prior service contributions credited to a retirement plan
governed by chapter 352, 353, 354, 354A, or 422A as provided under this section must complete
a written application for the transfer and repay any refund within one year of the commencement
of the employee's participation in the unclassified program.
History: 1Sp1985 c 7 s 9; 1992 c 432 art 2 s 1; 1992 c 598 art 1 s 12; 1998 c 366 s 74;
1998 c 390 art 6 s 1; 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 37