The purpose of 807 CMR 13.00 is to bring certainty and definiteness to the requirements of G.L. c. 32, § 5(4) governing the election to participate in the enhanced superannuation retirement plan provided in that statute for Transferees. Specifically, the purpose is to clarify the election opportunities available to:
(1) members transferring into the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System (“MTRS”) who have already made an election into RetirementPlus;
(2) members who have taken refunds; and
(3) members transferring out of the MTRS, consistent with the statutory requirement that all such elections be irrevocable.
For purposes of 807 CMR 13.00, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
“Election Opportunity” shall mean the 180-day election “window” available to Transferees in M.G.L. c. 32, § 5(4). Said election “window” shall begin on the date when the MTRS receives the transfer of the member’s account from the other contributory retirement system. A surviving spouse who is eligible for a member survivor allowance may make an election within this period if the member had not previously made an election. For purposes of determining the benefit accrued as of a certain date for Domestic Relations Orders, an election made during the “window” will relate back to the first day the MTRS received payroll deductions on behalf of the member.
“RetirementPlus” shall mean the enhanced superannuation retirement allowance provided for in M.G.L. c. 32, § 5(4). This term includes the Teachers’ Alternate Retirement Program (“TARP”) of the State-Boston Retirement System.
“Transferee” shall mean any member of another M.G.L. c. 32 Massachusetts contributory retirement system who is transferring his or her membership to the MTRS, or a member of the MTRS who is transferring to another M.G.L. c. 32 contributory retirement system.
Any member who takes a refund of accumulated total deductions pursuant to M.G.L. c. 32, § 10(4) and after July 1, 2001 re-establishes membership with the MTRS or the State-Boston Retirement System shall be a mandatory participant in RetirementPlus. Any member who takes a refund of accumulated total deductions pursuant to M.G.L. c. 32, § 10(4) and after July 1, 2001 re-establishes membership with another contributory retirement system, and later transfers to the MTRS, shall be treated like any other Transferee.
(1) Except as provided in 807 CMR 13.04(2) and (3), any Transferee into the MTRS shall have an Election Opportunity.
(2) Because an election opportunity is irrevocable, any Transferee into the MTRS who, since his/her date of membership (or re-establishment of membership after a refund), has made an election to participate or not participate in RetirementPlus (or who failed to so elect when an opportunity was available), shall not have another Election Opportunity. The rights of such a Transferee shall be governed by his or her previous election or non-election.
(3) Any Transferee into the MTRS who is or was a mandatory participant in RetirementPlus shall not have an Election Opportunity.
In transferring a Transferee’s account to another contributory retirement system, the MTRS will transfer the entire account and break out for the other retirement system the “excess” contributions over the normal retirement contribution rate.
REGULATORY AUTHORITY: 807 CMR 13.00: M.G.L. c. 15, § 16 and c. 32, § 20(5)(b).