An Act To Exclude Collectively Bargained Salary and Job Promotion Increases from the Earnable Compensation Limitation for Retirement Purposes
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §17001, sub-§13, ¶C, as repealed and replaced by PL 1999, c. 489, §2, is amended to read:
(1) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this subsection , except as provided in subparagraph (3), for the purposes of determining average final compensation, "earnable compensation" does not include any increase that exceeds the prior year's earnable compensation by more than 5% or that results in a total increase of more than 10% during the 3-year period used in the calculation of average final compensation, unless the cost of the additional actuarial liability arising from the excess increase is paid by the employer as provided in section 17154. Any payment made under paragraph B, subparagraph (1) must be included in determining the amount of increase in the year in which the payment is made. This subparagraph does not apply to excess increases resulting from compensation paid prior to July 1, 1993, from compensation paid in accordance with an individual employment contract executed prior to July 1, 1993 or a collective bargaining agreement executed or ratified in its final form by final vote of one party to the agreement prior to July 1, 1993 for the initial term of that contract or agreement or from other action by the governing body of a school administrative unit in effect on July 1, 1993. This subparagraph does not apply to increases in compensation of state employees during fiscal year 1993-94 and fiscal year 1994-95. In all circumstances in which this subparagraph does not apply to earnable compensation of state employees and teachers, the provisions of this subparagraph that were in effect prior to June 30, 1993 apply. This subparagraph does not apply to earnable compensation of employees of participating local districts.
(2) Effective October 1, 1999, the 5% limitation and the 10% limitation on increases in earnable compensation set out in subparagraph (1) may not be changed to a lower percentage for members who, on October 1, 1999 or thereafter, meet the creditable service requirement for eligibility to receive a service retirement benefit, at the applicable age if so required, under section 17851 or section 17851-A, subsection 2.
(3) Collectively bargained salary or wage increases pursuant to Title 26, chapter 9-A, 9-B or 12 or job promotion may not be considered in calculating salary or wage increases for the purposes of subparagraph (1).
This bill restores 2 exclusions from the calculation of salary or wage increases for the purpose of determining average final compensation under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System that were in statute before significant changes were made in 1993.