(a) Notwithstanding Sections 20035 and 20037, for the purposes of determining any pension or benefit with respect to benefits based on service with the state, "final compensation" means the highest annual compensation that was earnable by the state member during any consecutive 36-month period of employment preceding the effective date of his or her retirement or the date of his or her last separation from state service if earlier.
(b) This section shall only apply to a member appointed to a career executive assignment, as defined in Section 18546, who at the time of appointment meets one or more of the following criteria:
(1) He or she previously had, but does not currently have, permanent status in the civil service.
(2) He or she is a person described in Section 18990 who was not, within the past 12 months, employed by the Legislature for two or more consecutive years.
(3) He or she is a person described in Section 18992 who was not, within the past 12 months, holding a nonelected exempt position in the executive branch.
(c) A state entity that employs a person described in subdivision (b) in a career executive assignment shall notify the Controller of this person's employment status and the Controller shall forward this information to the system.
(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 415, Sec. 19.)