(a) Any person who has been an employee covered by a retirement system listed in paragraph (b) is entitled when qualified to an annuity from each fund if total allowable service in all funds or in any two of these funds totals three or more years if employed before July 1, 2010, or totals five or more years if employed after June 30, 2010.
(b) This section applies to the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Public Employees Retirement Association including the Public Employees Retirement Association police and fire fund, the Teachers Retirement Association, the State Patrol Retirement Association, or any other public employee retirement system in the state with a similar provision, except as noted in paragraph (c).
(c) This section does not apply to other funds providing benefits for police officers or firefighters.
(d) No portion of the allowable service upon which the retirement annuity from one fund is based shall be again used in the computation for benefits from another fund. No refund may have been taken from any one of these funds since service entitling the employee to coverage under the system or the employee's membership in any of the associations 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 number of years of allowable service in the respective system or association does not apply for the purposes of this section if the combined service in two or more of these funds equals at least the longest period of allowable service of any of the applicable retirement plans.
(a) The deferred annuity, if any, accruing under subdivision 1, or section 352.22, subdivision 3, must be computed as provided in section 352.22, subdivision 3, on the basis of allowable service before termination of state service and augmented as provided herein. The required reserves applicable to a deferred annuity or to an annuity for which a former employee was eligible but had not applied or to any deferred segment of an annuity must be determined as of the date the benefit begins to accrue and augmented by interest compounded annually from the first day of the month following the month in which the employee ceased to be a state employee, or July 1, 1971, whichever is later, to the first day of the month in which the annuity begins to accrue. The rates of interest used for this purpose must be five percent compounded annually until January 1, 1981, and three percent compounded annually thereafter until January 1 of the year following the year in which the former employee attains age 55 or until January 1, 2012, whichever is earlier, and from the January 1 next following the attainment of age 55 to the effective date of retirement or until January 1, 2012, whichever is earlier, five percent compounded annually if the employee became an employee before July 1, 2006, 2.5 percent compounded annually until January 1, 2012, if the employee becomes an employee after June 30, 2006, and two percent compounded annually after December 31, 2011, irrespective of when the employee became a state employee. If a person has more than one period of uninterrupted service, the required reserves related to each period must be augmented by interest under this subdivision. The sum of the augmented required reserves so determined 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 state service for more than two years. If a person repays a refund, the service restored by the repayment must be considered continuous with the next period of service for which the employee has credit with this system. The formula percentages used for each period of uninterrupted service must be those applicable to a new employee. The mortality table and interest assumption used to compute the annuity must be those in effect when the employee files application for annuity. This section does not reduce the annuity otherwise payable under this chapter.
(b) The retirement annuity or disability benefit of, or the survivor benefit payable on behalf of, a former state employee who terminated service before July 1, 1997, which is not first payable until 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 the tables adopted by the board and approved by the actuary retained under section 356.214.
Any person who has received a refund from the state employees retirement fund, and who is a member of a public retirement system included in subdivision 1, may repay the refund with interest to the state employees retirement fund. If a refund is repaid to the fund and more than one refund has been received from the fund, all refunds must be repaid. Repayment must be made as provided in section 352.23, and under terms and conditions consistent with that section as agreed upon with the director.
Ex1961 c 67 s 22; 1963 c 383 s 57; 1965 c 230 s 17; Ex1967 c 57 s 28; 1969 c 188 s 4; 1971 c 274 s 2,3; 1973 c 221 s 9,10; 1975 c 368 s 33,34; 1977 c 429 s 63; 1978 c 796 s 10; 1981 c 37 s 2; 1981 c 224 s 54,55; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 6 s 1; 1987 c 372 art 9 s 5; 1989 c 319 art 13 s 16-18; 1990 c 426 art 1 s 42; 1997 c 233 art 1 s 20; 2002 c 392 art 11 s 52; 2006 c 271 art 3 s 47; 2006 c 277 art 2 s 2; 2010 c 359 art 1 s 7,8