(a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, if a member of a salaried firefighters' relief association with ten or more years of service is laid off and replaced with a volunteer firefighter, the member shall be entitled to receive a pro rata monthly benefit. For purposes of this section, "laid off" means terminated from employment with the fire department because of a shortage of funds or curtailment of service or for any other reason not reflecting discredit on the member beyond the member's control.
(b) The retirement benefit is to commence at the later of either the minimum age for retirement or the date at which the member would have accumulated the minimum number of years of service for retirement if the member had remained on duty.
(c) The pro rata benefit shall be calculated by multiplying the amount of the benefit payable to a member who met the minimum age and years of service requirements for a normal pension by the ratio of the laid off member's actual years of service to the minimum years of service required for retirement. The initial benefit payable shall be subject to the same postretirement adjustments as other benefits payable from the relief association.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes