(a) An annuity contract and custodial account as described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be offered to :
(1) All employees of any state agency who are members of the plan under this part.
(2) Any employee of a local public agency or political subdivision of this state that employs persons to perform creditable service subject to coverage by the plan under this part.
(3) Any state employee of a state employer under the uniform state payroll system, excluding the California State University System, eligible to participate in an annuity contract and custodial account as described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
(b) The following criteria shall apply to that annuity contract and custodial account:
(1) The annuity contract and custodial account shall be offered for at least five years.
(2) The annuity contract and custodial account may be administered by a qualified third-party administrator that shall, under agreement with the system, provide custodial, investment, recordkeeping, or administrative services, or any combination thereof. The third-party administrator may not provide investment options other than pursuant to a shareholders' services agreement between the third-party administrator and the investment manager.
(3) The investment options offered shall be determined by the board consistent with those annuity contract and custodial accounts described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
(4) The system's investment staff shall make recommendations to the board as to the appropriate investment options. At a minimum, the board shall offer at least three investment options. The board shall have sole responsibility for the selection of service providers.
(5) All contributions made in accordance with the provisions of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and this section shall be remitted directly to the administrator and held by the administrator in a custodial account on behalf of the employee. Any investment gains or losses shall be credited to those accounts. The forms of payment and disbursement procedure shall be consistent with those generally offered by similar annuity contracts and custodial accounts and applicable federal and state statutes governing those contracts and accounts.
(6) Any employer, other than the state, may elect to make contributions to the employee's annuity contract and custodial account on behalf of the employee. The employer shall take whatever action is necessary to implement this section, including the adoption of an annuity contract and custodial account, or provide the appropriate authorization in accordance with the provision of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Employer contributions made under this section are excluded from the definition of creditable compensation as provided in Section 22119.2.
(7) The design and administration of the annuity contract and custodial account shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Revenue and Taxation Code. Section 770.3 of the Insurance Code shall not be applicable.
(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 230, Sec. 1.)
Education Code 22119.2