Maine Revised Statutes

§18252-A. Membership in district without Social Security coverage and with plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B

1. Membership.  An employee of a participating local district that does not have Social Security coverage and that has a plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B may elect to be a member under the Participating Local District Retirement Program or to be covered under the plan provided by the employer in accordance with the following.
A. A person hired by a participating local district, or rehired following a break in service, after the date on which the employer provides a plan under section 18252-B must elect at the time of initial hiring or rehiring whether to be a member under the Participating Local District Retirement Program or to be covered under a plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B. Once an election is made under this paragraph, the election is irrevocable with respect to all subsequent employment with the same employer when membership in the program is not mandatory. [2011, c. 449, §15 (AMD).]
B. An employee of the participating local district who is a member under the Participating Local District Retirement Program on the date on which the employer provides a plan under section 18252-B may elect to remain a member under that program or to become covered under a plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B. A person must make an election within 90 days of the date on which the employer provides a plan under section 18252-B. Once an election is made under this paragraph, the election is irrevocable with respect to all subsequent employment with the same employer when membership in the program is not mandatory.
(1) If that person elects not to remain a member, the election is effective as of the first day of the month in which no contributions or pick-up contributions are made to the Participating Local District Retirement Program by that person. A person who elects not to remain a member may, at that person's discretion, withdraw accumulated contributions in accordance with section 18306-A. [2009, c. 474, §33 (AMD).]
C. [2003, c. 630, Pt. A, §5 (RP).]
D. If the participating local district does not have a plan provided under section 18252-B, the employees do not have the elections provided under paragraphs A and B. [2009, c. 415, Pt. A, §6 (RPR).]
[ 2011, c. 449, §15 (AMD) .]
2. District employer responsibilities.  Responsibilities of the participating local district employer are as follows.
A. The participating local district employer is responsible for ensuring that the plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B meets the requirements of that section. [1997, c. 709, §4 (NEW).]
B. The participating local district employer is responsible for providing employees with information as to membership under the Participating Local District Retirement Program and as to coverage under the plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B to assist the employee in making election decisions. The retirement system shall provide the employer with information as to the Participating Local District Retirement Program. [2007, c. 491, §193 (AMD).]
C. The participating local district employer is responsible for providing procedures by which employees make elections under this section, for maintaining all records relevant to the election process and each employee's elections, for informing the retirement system as to employee elections in accordance with procedures established by the executive director and for making all administrative decisions, including the final administrative decision, in any dispute related to an employee's elections or administrative decision, in any dispute related to an employee's elections or to any issue as to the plan provided by the employer under section 18252-B. Neither the retirement system nor the system's board of trustees has responsibility or jurisdiction to make the final administrative decision with respect to any of these matters. The retirement system is responsible only to ensure that its records accurately reflect the information provided by the employer, the employer's decision as to any of these matters, and the legally cognizable outcome of any dispute related to any of these matters. [1997, c. 709, §4 (NEW).]
D. With respect to matters related to participation and membership other than those specified in paragraph C, the retirement system and the board retain responsibility and authority according to applicable retirement system law and rules as to the participating local districts and their employees to whom this section applies, including the authority to make final administrative decisions. [1997, c. 709, §4 (NEW).]
[ 2007, c. 491, §193 (AMD) .]
3. Exclusions.  This section does not apply to employees of participating local districts:
A. Who are employed in part-time, seasonal or temporary positions; [2003, c. 630, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
B. Whose membership in the Participating Local District Retirement Program is optional under section 18252, section 18801, subsection 1 or section 18251, subsection 3, paragraph A, B or C; [2007, c. 491, §194 (AMD).]
C. For whom membership in the Participating Local District Retirement Program is denied under section 18256; or [2007, c. 491, §195 (AMD).]
D. Who are excluded from membership under section 18201, subsection 3. [2003, c. 630, Pt. A, §6 (NEW).]
[ 2007, c. 491, §§194, 195 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1997, c. 709, §4 (NEW). 2003, c. 387, §7 (AMD). 2003, c. 630, §§A5,6 (AMD). 2007, c. 137, §§18, 19 (AMD). 2007, c. 490, §2 (AMD). 2007, c. 491, §§192-195 (AMD). 2009, c. 415, Pt. A, §6 (AMD). 2009, c. 474, §§32, 33 (AMD). 2011, c. 449, §15 (AMD).

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