Senator JENNIFER BECK
District 11 (Monmouth)
Senator NELLIE POU
District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)
Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex)
Allows individual appointed as State monitor to remain employed for more than two years without cancellation of retirement benefits.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning retirement system enrollment for certain school district personnel and amending N.J.S.18A:66-53.2.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. N.J.S.18A:66-53.2 is amended to read as follows:
18A:66-53.2. a. Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, if a former member of the retirement system who has been granted a retirement allowance for any cause other than disability, becomes employed again in a position which makes him eligible to be a member of the retirement system, his retirement allowance and the right to any death benefit as a result of his former membership, shall be canceled until he again retires.
Such person shall be reenrolled in the retirement system and shall contribute thereto at a rate based on his age at the time of reenrollment. Such person shall be treated as an active member for determining disability or death benefits while in service and no benefits pursuant to an optional selection with respect to his former membership shall be paid if his death shall occur during the period of such reenrollment.
Upon subsequent retirement of such member, his former retirement allowance shall be reinstated together with any optional selection, based on his former membership. In addition, he shall receive an additional retirement allowance based on his subsequent service as a member computed in accordance with applicable provisions of this article; provided, however, that his total retirement allowance upon such subsequent retirement shall not be a greater proportion of his final compensation than the proportion to which he would have been entitled had he remained in service during the period of his prior retirement. Any death benefit to which such member shall be eligible shall be based on his latest retirement, but shall not be less than the death benefit that was applicable to his former retirement.
b. The cancellation, reenrollment, and additional retirement allowance provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not apply to a former member of the retirement system who is a certificated superintendent or a certificated administrator and who, after having been granted a retirement allowance, becomes employed by the State Department of Education in a position of critical need as determined by the State Commissioner of Education, is appointed by the State Commissioner of Education to serve as a State monitor in a school district pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2006, c.15 (C.18A:7A-55), or otherwise becomes employed by a board of education as a certificated superintendent or a certificated administrator on a contractual basis for a term of not more than one year; except that the cancellation, reenrollment, and additional retirement allowance provisions shall apply if the former member becomes employed within 120 days of retirement with the employer from which the member retired. Nothing herein shall preclude a former member so reemployed with a board of education from renewing a contract for one additional year, provided that the total period of employment with any individual board of education does not exceed a two-year period.
(cf: P.L.2001, c.355, s.1)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Under current law, if an individual is receiving a retirement allowance from the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), and the individual becomes employed in a position covered by TPAF, then the individual would cease to receive a pension allowance and would resume making payments to the pension system. The law provides for two exceptions to this provision: 1) someone employed by the Department of Education in a position of critical needs, and 2) a superintendent or administrator employed by a school district on a contractual basis. In the latter case, the term of the contract may not be for more than one year, and may be renewed for one additional year.
A State monitor appointed by the Commissioner of Education to oversee a school district is considered, for most purposes, to be an employee of the school district; as such, an individual who has retired would be subject to the two-year restriction. This bill creates a distinction between a State monitor and other individuals employed by a school district, thereby exempting the State monitors from the two-year limitation.