Bill S5165-2013

Relates to certain members who re-enter public service

Relates to certain members who re-enter public service; extends tier reinstatement provisions to a retiree of a public retirement system who was an active member of a public retirement system on or after January 1, 1989.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 21, 2013: referred to governmental employees
  • Jun 20, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 20, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 12, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1359
  • Jun 12, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 13, 2013: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 12, 2013
Ayes (18): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Larkin, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Parker, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (5): Carlucci, Fuschillo, LaValle, Krueger, Gianaris
Nays (1): Hannon
Excused (1): Perkins
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 17, 2013
Ayes (18): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Larkin, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Parker, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (5): Carlucci, Fuschillo, LaValle, Krueger, Gianaris
Nays (1): Hannon
Excused (1): Perkins

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5165

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to certain members who re-enter public service

PURPOSE: This bill seeks to reinstate the remaining public employees who lost their tier membership due to family care giving responsibilities. By moving the effective date of Chapter 640 to January 1, 1989, this bill will reinstate the remainder of the retirement system members who were deprived of their membership in superior pension plans due to the break in the service rules.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends subdivisions 2 and 4 of section 645 of the retirement and social security law.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill gives New York. State the opportunity to correct a long-standing inequity at a moderate cost. In 1998. the Governor signed a law reinstating New York State and City active teachers to their original pension system tier membership. In 1999, pursuant to S5944, the Governor signed a law expanding the reinstatement to all active public employees. In the Governor's press release, he affirmed the importance of righting the inequity done to thousands of public employees who were forced out of their jobs and pension plan due to pregnancy and family care giving responsibilities. Each member who was reinstated forfeited any claim to a return of the contributions they had made to the retirement systems while they were members of lesser tiers.

However, reinstated members were. refunded the amounts that they had paid to the retirements systems for prior service credit purchases. This bill pertains to a very limited and definable number of retirement system members. Public employees before 1973 were assured by pension system representatives that they could leave and return to work without effect on their benefits. For example, a New York State teacher who left teaching, generally for reasons related to the female work pattern i.e. childbirth and attending to small children, stayed out beyond the "break in service" period, and returned to find themselves in a lesser pension plan. Had they been properly informed, they could have taught as little as twenty days in anyone year within the five year period and remained in Tier 1 when they returned to full time teaching. The average teacher lost between $9,000 and $11,000 per year in pension benefits and the right to retire at age 55 instead of 52 without penalty. It is unlikely that any members of the police and fire pension systems will be eligible because so few women were members in the 1960s and early 70s. As to the New York City Teachers pension plan, the vast majority of teachers that left for care giving responsibilities were protected by the generous New York City maternity rules.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/12 A7703 Died Gov't Employees, S7135 Died Civil Service 2009/10 A7219 Died Gov't Employees, S3634 Died Civil Service 2007/08 A9524 Died Gov't Employees, S4447 Passed Senate 2005/06 A5131 Died Gov't Employees, S3518 Passed Senate 2003/04 A5392 Died Gov't Employees, S3039 Died Rules 2001/02 A2903 Died Gov't Employees, S2172 Died Civil Service & Pensions 1999/00 A10911 Died Gov't Employees, S6127 Died Civil Service & Pensions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

FISCAL NOTE - PURSUANT TO LEGISLATIVE LAW, SECTION 50: This bill would allow certain living retirees of New York public-retirement systems who retired prior to December 16, 1999 and who previously were members of a New York Public retirement system to be deemed to have become members of the systems from which they retired as of the original date of such previous ceased membership. Tier 3 and 4 retirees of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System or the New York State Teachers' Retirement System who become Tier 1 or 2 retirees and who have already purchased their previous service would receive a refund of these contributions. No benefits will be deemed to have accrued prior to the effective date of this act.

In addition, this bill would also affect retirees who had a previous ceased membership with a public employee retirement system other than the NYS&LERS or the NYS&LPFRS.

If this bill is enacted, insofar as this bill affects the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (ERS), approximately 1,434 retirees of the ERS will be affected. The estimated past service cost would be approximately $15.1 million.

Pursuant to section 25 of the Retirement and Social Security Law, this ERS past service cost would be borne by the State of New York and would require an itemized appropriation by the State of New York sufficient to pay the cost of the provision. The State may amortize this past service cost over a period of 5 years. The first year cost, including interest would be approximately $3.5 million.

Insofar as this bill would affect employers in the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (PERS), the estimated additional costs would be negligible. These costs would be shared by the State of New York and the participating employers in the PFRS.

Summary of relevant resources: Data: March 31, 2012 Actuarial Year End File with distributions of membership and other statistics displayed in the 2012 Report of the Actuary and 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Assumptions and Methods: 2010, 2011 and 2012 Annual Report of the Comptroller on Actuarial Assumptions, Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York: Audit and Control.

Market Assets and GASB Disclosures: March 31, 2012 New York State and Local Retirement System Financial Statements and Supplementary Information.

Valuations of Benefit Liabilities and Actuarial Assets: summarized in the 2012 Actuarial Valuations report.

I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Qualification Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.

This estimate, dated January 29, 2013 and intended for use only during the 2013 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2013-53, prepared by

the Actuary for the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

FISCAL NOTE - PURSUANT TO LEGISLATIVE LAW, SECTION 50: This bill would amend subdivisions 2 and 4 of Section 645 of the Retirement and Social Security Law to extend the tier reinstatement provisions to any retiree of a public retirement system. The retiree must be alive as of the effective date of the bill in order to be eligible. This bill only applies to payments made on or after the effective date of this act.

The annual cost to the employers of members of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System for this benefit is estimated to be $6.0 million or .04% of payroll if this bill is enacted.

The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2013-30 dated May 9, 2013 prepared by the Actuary of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System and is intended for use only during the 2013 Legislative Session. 1, Richard A. Young, am the Actuary for the New York State Teachers' Retirement System. I am a member o the American Academy of Actuaries and I meet the Qualification Standards of the American Academy of Actuaries to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately but shall only apply to persons alive as of the effective date of this act and shall apply to payments made on or after the effective date of this act; and provided further, that any retirees qualifying under this act shall have their retirement allowance recalculated from July 1, 2013 or the date of reinstatement, whichever is later.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5165 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 13, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to certain members who re-enter public service THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 2 and 4 of section 645 of the retirement and social security law, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 322 of the laws of 2002 and subdivision 4 as added by chapter 640 of the laws of 1998 and as renumbered by chapter 646 of the laws of 1999, are amended to read as follows: 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person [other than a retiree of a public retirement system,] who previously was a member of a public retirement system and whose membership in such public retire- ment system ceased by reason of (i) insufficient service credit, (ii) withdrawal of accumulated contributions, or (iii) withdrawal of member- ship, upon rejoining such public retirement system or another public retirement system, shall be deemed to have been a member of his or her current retirement system during the entire period of time commencing with and subsequent to the original date of such previous ceased member- ship, provided that such person (a) makes application therefor to the administrative head of his or her current public retirement system, and (b) repays the amount refunded, if any, at the time such previous membership ceased, together with interest at the rate of five percent per annum compounded annually from the date of such refund through the date of repayment. Upon such reinstatement of date of membership, such member shall be entitled to all the rights, benefits and privileges to which he or she would have been entitled had his or her current member- ship begun on such original date of membership except that, solely for the purposes of granting retirement credit to members of a public retirement system other than the New York city teachers' retirement
system for service credited during such previous ceased membership where such was in a public retirement system other than the member's current retirement system, such previously credited service shall be deemed to be prior service, not subsequent service. Furthermore, any such member whose original date of membership was prior to July first, nineteen hundred seventy-three shall be entitled to all the rights, benefits and privileges to which he or she would have been entitled had he or she been in active service on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred seventy- three. Any contribution made to the public retirement system pursuant to article fourteen or fifteen of this chapter by a member who rejoined his or her current system on or after July twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred seventy-six shall not be refunded. 4. The provisions of this article shall be applicable to a person who [is, on the date this article becomes effective] WAS A MEMBER ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, NINETEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-NINE, or who subsequent to such date becomes, a member of a public retirement system. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall only apply to all persons who are alive as of the effective date of this act and shall apply to payments made on or after the effective date of this act; and provided further, that any retirees qualifying under this act shall have their retirement allowance recalculated from July 1, 2013 or the date of reinstatement, whichever is later. FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50: This bill would amend subdivisions 2 and 4 of Section 645 of the Retirement and Social Security Law to extend the tier reinstatement provisions to any retiree of a public retirement system. The retiree must be alive as of the effective date of the bill in order to be eligi- ble. This bill only applies to payments made on or after the effective date of this act. The annual cost to the employers of members of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System for this benefit is estimated to be $6.0 million or .04% of payroll if this bill is enacted. The source of this estimate is Fiscal Note 2013-30 dated May 9, 2013 prepared by the Actuary of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System and is intended for use only during the 2013 Legislative Session. I, Richard A. Young, am the Actuary for the New York State Teachers' Retirement System. I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and I meet the Qualification Standards of the American Academy of Actu- aries to render the actuarial opinion contained herein. FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50: This bill would allow certain living retirees of New York public retirement systems who retired prior to December 16, 1999 and who previ- ously were members of a New York public retirement system to be deemed to have become members of the systems from which they retired as of the original date of such previous ceased membership. Tier 3 and 4 retirees of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System or the New York State Teachers' Retirement System who become Tier 1 or 2 retirees and who have already purchased their previous service would receive a refund of these contributions. No benefits will be deemed to have accrued prior to the effective date of this act. In addition, this bill would also affect retirees who had a previous ceased membership with a public employee retirement system other than the NYS&LERS or the NYS&LPFRS. If this bill is enacted, insofar as this bill affects the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (ERS), approximately 1,434

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