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422A.22 REFUNDS.

Subdivision 1.Retention; transfer.

(a) If an employee to whom this chapter applies becomes absolutely separated from active service before attaining the minimum retirement age established in section 422A.13, the employee is entitled to a refund of the net accumulated amount of deduction from salary, pay, or compensation, made for the purpose of accumulating a fund from which to pay retirement allowances, with interest at the annual compound rate of six percent.

(b) Any contributing employee who separates from a department, board or commission of the city whose employees are covered by a fund organized under this chapter, and becomes an employee of a department or board of the same city, whose employees are covered by a retirement fund or relief association by whatever name known, organized under any other law and supported in whole or in part by taxes on the same city, has the option of:

(1) retaining their membership in the fund organized under this chapter, regardless of the provisions of any law, rule, bylaw or other action requiring membership in any other retirement fund or relief association however organized; or

(2) transferring to the fund or association covering the employees of the department or board to which they are transferring, providing they are eligible for membership therein.

(c) Any contributing employee who elects to transfer to another fund or association as provided in paragraph (b), clause (2), must make such election within one year from the date of separation from the city service covered by this fund. If the contributing employee elects to transfer to another fund, the employee is entitled to a refund of the net accumulated contributions made by such employee to the fund organized under this chapter with interest at the annual compound rate of six percent.

Subd. 2.

[Repealed, 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 81]

Subd. 3.Limitation on eligibility.

No employee of the city is eligible to be a member of, or receive benefits from, more than one retirement plan or fund of the city for the same period of service.

Subd. 4.Death-while-active refund.

(a) Upon the death of an active member before the employee's termination of active service, the beneficiary or beneficiaries designated by the member on a form specified by the executive director and filed with the retirement board are entitled to receive the net accumulated employee deductions from salary, pay, or compensation, including interest under subdivision 1, paragraph (a), compounded annually to the date of the member's death. The amount must not include any contributions made by the employee or on the employee's behalf, or any interest or investment earnings on those contributions, which were allocated to the survivor benefit fund under section 422A.06, subdivision 6.

(b) If the employee fails to make a designation, or if the beneficiary or beneficiaries designated by the employee predeceases the employee, the deceased employee's estate is entitled to the benefit specified in paragraph (a).

(c) A benefit payable under this subdivision is in addition to any applicable survivor benefit under section 422A.23.

Subd. 5.

[Repealed, 1Sp2005 c 8 art 10 s 81]

Subd. 6.Refund; Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund.

A person who has received a refund from the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund, and who is a member of a public retirement system included in section 422A.16, subdivision 8, may repay such refund with interest at a compound annual rate of 8.5 percent to the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund. If a refund is repaid to the fund and if more than one refund has been received from the fund, all refunds must be repaid. Repayment must be made as provided in this chapter.