Any person who has been a member of a defined benefit retirement plan administered by the Public Employees Retirement Association, or a retirement plan administered by the Minnesota State Retirement System, or the Teachers Retirement Association, or any other public retirement system in the state of Minnesota having a like provision, except a retirement plan providing benefits for police officers or firefighters governed by sections 69.77 or 69.771 to 69.776, is entitled, when qualified, to an annuity from each retirement plan if the total allowable service in all retirement plans or in any two of these retirement plans totals the number of years of allowable service required to receive a normal retirement annuity for that retirement plan, provided that no portion of the allowable service upon which the retirement annuity from one retirement plan is based is again used in the computation for benefits from another retirement plan and provided further that the person has not taken a refund from any one of these retirement plans since the person's membership in that association or system last terminated. The annuity from each fund must be determined by the appropriate provisions of the law except that the requirement that a person must have at least a specific minimum period of allowable service in the respective association or system does not apply for the purposes of this section if the combined service in two or more of these retirement plans equals the number of years of allowable service required to receive a normal retirement annuity for that retirement plan.
(a) The deferred annuity accruing under subdivision 1, or under sections 353.34, subdivision 3, and 353.68, subdivision 4, must be computed on the basis of allowable service prior to the termination of public service and augmented as provided in this subdivision. The required reserves applicable to a deferred annuity, or to any deferred segment of an annuity must be determined as of the first day of the month following the month in which the former member ceased to be a public employee, or July 1, 1971, whichever is later.
(b) For a person who became a public employee before July 1, 2006, whose period of deferral began after June 30, 1971, and who terminated public employment before January 1, 2012, the required reserves of the deferred annuity must be augmented at the following applicable rate or rates:
(1) five percent annual compound interest until January 1, 1981;
(2) three percent annual compound interest after January 1, 1981, or until the earlier of December 31, 2011, or after the date of the termination of public service or the termination of membership, whichever is later, until January 1 of the year following the year in which the former member attains age 55;
(3) five percent annual compound interest from January 1 of the year following the year in which the former member attains age 55, or until December 31, 2011, whichever is earlier; and
(4) one percent annual compound interest from January 1, 2012.
(c) For a person who became a public employee after June 30, 2006, and who terminated public employment before January 1, 2012, the required reserves of the deferred annuity must be augmented at 2.5 percent annual compound interest from the date of termination of public service or termination of membership, whichever is earlier, until December 31, 2011, and one percent annual compound interest after December 31, 2011.
(d) For a person who terminates public employment after December 31, 2011, the required reserves of the deferred annuity must not be augmented.
(e) If a person has more than one period of uninterrupted service, the required reserves related to each period must be augmented as specified in this paragraph. The sum of the augmented required reserves is the present value of the annuity. Uninterrupted service for the purpose of this subdivision means periods of covered employment during which the employee has not been separated from public service for more than two years. If a person repays a refund, the restored service must be considered as continuous with the next period of service for which the employee has credit with this association. This section must not reduce the annuity otherwise payable under this chapter. This paragraph applies to individuals who become deferred annuitants on or after July 1, 1971. For a member who became a deferred annuitant before July 1, 1971, the paragraph applies from July 1, 1971, if the former active member applies for an annuity after July 1, 1973.
(f) The retirement annuity or disability benefit of, or the survivor benefit payable on behalf of, a former member who terminated service before July 1, 1997, or the survivor benefit payable on behalf of a basic or police and fire member who was receiving disability benefits before July 1, 1997, which is first payable after June 30, 1997, must be increased on an actuarial equivalent basis to reflect the change in the postretirement interest rate actuarial assumption under section 356.215, subdivision 8, from five percent to six percent under a calculation procedure and tables adopted by the board and approved by the actuary retained under section 356.214.
Any person who has received a refund from the Public Employees Retirement Association and who is a member of any public retirement system referred to in subdivision 1, may repay such refund to the Public Employees Retirement Association as provided in section 353.35.
1963 c 641 s 2; 1969 c 940 s 16-18; 1971 c 412 s 4-7; 1973 c 35 s 58; 1973 c 753 s 80,82,83; 1974 c 229 s 21; 1975 c 102 s 23; 1977 c 429 s 63; 1978 c 796 s 40; 1979 c 216 s 20; 1981 c 224 s 97; 1Sp1981 c 4 art 1 s 165; 1987 c 372 art 9 s 23; 1989 c 319 art 13 s 46-48; 1997 c 233 art 1 s 43; 2000 c 461 art 3 s 25; 2002 c 392 art 11 s 52; 2006 c 277 art 2 s 5; 2006 c 271 art 3 s 47; 2010 c 359 art 1 s 41,42; art 12 s 13