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Chapter 5. Eligibility   

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(a) A person employed on a part-time basis by a school district or county office of education to perform creditable service for less than 50 percent of each full-time position shall become a participant on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed for an employer that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program or the effective date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program, provided that creditable service is not performed for the same employer with whom the person is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program.

(b) A person employed on a temporary basis by a community college district, who is not subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22502 or 22504 for each position with the same employer, shall become a participant on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed for an employer that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program or the effective date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(c) If the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program gives employees the right to elect coverage under social security or an alternative retirement plan offered by the employer in addition to the Cash Balance Benefit Program, the employee may elect within 60 calendar days of the latest of the first day that creditable service is performed, the date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program, or the effective date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program to be covered by social security or to participate in the alternative retirement plan in lieu of participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program. An election may not preclude an employee from participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program at a later date so long as the Cash Balance Benefit Program is provided by the employer and the employee is eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(d) If subdivision (c) is applicable, the employer shall inform employees pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 26300 of their right to make an election and the election shall be made on a properly executed form provided by the system and filed with the employer. The employer shall retain a copy of the employee's signed election form and mail the original election form to the headquarters office of the system as described in Section 22375. The election shall become effective on the later of the first day that creditable service is performed or the effective date of the employer's governing board's action to provide the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(e) If the participant's basis of employment with a school district or county office of education that provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program changes to employment to perform creditable service for 50 percent or more of the full-time position during one school year with the same employer, creditable service performed for that employer shall no longer be covered under the Cash Balance Benefit Program. Creditable service performed for that employer shall be subject to coverage by the Defined Benefit Program as of the first day of the pay period following the change in the participant's basis of employment.

(f) If the participant's basis of employment with a community college district changes to employment that is subject to mandatory membership in the Defined Benefit Program pursuant to Section 22501, 22502, or 22504 during one school year with the same employer, creditable service performed for that employer shall no longer be covered under the Cash Balance Benefit Program. Creditable service performed for that employer shall be subject to coverage by the Defined Benefit Program as of the first day of the pay period following the change in the participant's basis of employment.

(g) If the governing board of an employer subsequently provides, in addition to the Cash Balance Benefit Program, social security coverage, a participant covered by the Cash Balance Benefit Program who is performing creditable service for that employer may elect to be covered by social security in lieu of the Cash Balance Benefit Program. That participant's election shall be made within 60 calendar days of the date the governing board acted to provide coverage under social security or the effective date of the governing board's action to provide social security coverage, whichever is later. An election under this subdivision may not preclude an employee from participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program at a later date if the employee is eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program and the employer provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(h) If the governing board of an employer provided social security coverage with an effective date prior to January 1, 2007, and the employer offered the Cash Balance Benefit Program as of the effective date of the governing board's action to provide social security coverage, a participant who was performing creditable service for that employer may elect to be covered by social security in lieu of the Cash Balance Benefit Program. The participant's election shall be made on or after March 1, 2008, and on or before May 1, 2008. The election to participate in social security shall be effective on July 1, 2008. An election under this subdivision may not preclude an employee from participating in the Cash Balance Benefit Program at a later date if the employee is eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Benefit Program and the employer provides the Cash Balance Benefit Program.

(i) An election by an employee to terminate his or her participation in the Cash Balance Benefit Program as described in subdivision (g) or (h) shall be made on a properly executed form provided by the system and filed with the employer. The employer shall retain a copy of the employee's signed election form and mail the original election form to the headquarters office of the system, as described in Section 22375.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 655, Sec. 69.)

Reference:

Education Code 22375

Education Code 22501

Education Code 22502

Education Code 22504

Education Code 26300