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  • Acts
  • 2002
  • Chapter 479 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF LEOMINSTER TO PROVIDE FOR AN EARLY INCENTIVE RETIREMENT FOR ITS WORKFORCE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


SECTION 1. Notwithstanding chapter 32 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary and upon the acceptance of this section, on or before November 1, 2003 by the legislative and executive authorities of the city of Leominster, the provisions of this act providing for an early retirement incentive program shall apply to an eligible employee who: (i) shall be an employee of the city of Leominster and an active member in service of the city of Leominster or shall be an employee of the Leominster public schools on the date of the acceptance of this section and an active member in service of the retirement system; (ii) shall be eligible to receive a superannuation retirement allowance in accordance with subdivision (1) of section 5 or subdivision (1) of section 10 of said chapter 32 upon the effective retirement date specified in his written application to the retirement system; (iii) shall have filed a written application with said retirement system in accordance with the seventh paragraph of this section; and (iv) shall be classified in Group 1, Group 2 or Group 4 in accordance with clause (g) of subdivision (2) of section 3 of said chapter 32. Members of the teachers' retirement system shall not be eligible to receive any additional benefit provided pursuant to this section.

For the purposes of this act, "legislative authority" shall mean the city council subject to the charter of the city of Leominster and "executive authority" shall mean the mayor of the city of Leominster. The early retirement incentive program shall be administered by the city of Leominster's retirement board who shall promulgate regulations to implement the program.

Notwithstanding said chapter 32 to the contrary, the normal yearly amount of the retirement allowance for an eligible employee shall be based on the average annual rate of regular compensation as determined under paragraph (a) of subdivision (2) of section 5 of said chapter 32 and shall be computed according to the table contained in said paragraph (a) based on the age of such member and his number of years and full months of creditable service at the time of his retirement increased either by adding up to 5 years of age or by adding up to 5 years of creditable service or by a combination of additional years of age and service the sum of which shall not be greater than 5. The executive authority of the city of Leominster may limit the amount of additional credit for service or age or a combination of service or age offered.

The executive authority of the city of Leominster may limit the total number of employees for whom it will approve a retirement calculated under this act or the total number of employees within each group classification for whom it will approve a retirement calculated under this act; provided further, that if participation is limited, the retirement of employees with greater years of creditable service shall be approved before approval shall be given to employees with lesser years of creditable service.

Words used in this act shall have the same meaning as they are used in said chapter 32 unless otherwise expressly provided or unless the context clearly requires otherwise. An eligible employee who retires and receives an additional benefit in accordance with this section shall be deemed to be retired for superannuation under said chapter 32 and shall be subject to all of said chapter 32; provided, however, that for the purposes of this section and notwithstanding subdivision (1) of section 10 of said chapter 32 requiring a member classified in Group 2 to have attained age 55 on the date of his termination of service in order to receive a Group 2 benefit, any employee eligible pursuant to the criteria established in this section, who is classified in Group 2 and who is at least 50 years of age but not yet 55 years of age, shall be eligible for a retirement allowance equal to that prescribed for a member classified in Group 2 upon the application for the additional benefit in accordance with this section.

The total normal yearly amount of the retirement allowance, as determined in accordance with section 5 of said chapter 32, of an eligible employee who retires and receives an additional benefit under the early retirement incentive program in accordance with this section shall not exceed 80 per cent of the average annual rate of his regular compensation received during any period of 3 consecutive years of creditable service for which the rate of compensation was the highest or of the average annual rate of his regular compensation received during the periods, whether or not consecutive, constituting his last 3 years of creditable service preceding retirement, whichever is greater.

Notwithstanding section 5 of said chapter 32 that requires a retirement date within 4 months of the filing of an application for superannuation retirement in order to receive the retirement benefit provided by this section, an eligible employee shall file his application for retirement not later than a date determined by the executive authority, which shall be not later than December 2, 2003. The retirement date for eligible employees shall be determined by the executive authority and shall be not earlier than the effective date of this act and shall be not later than January 15, 2004. Notwithstanding section 2, the date of retirement for employees of the city of Leominster retirement board shall be 30 days after the retirement date determined by the executive authority of the city of Leominster.

The executive director of the public employee retirement commission shall analyze, study and valuate the costs and the actuarial liabilities attributable to the additional benefits payable in accordance with the early retirement incentive program established by this section for each retirement system. The executive director shall file a report of his findings to the board, in writing, on or before May 31, 2004, together with copies thereof to the mayor of the city of Leominster.

In accordance with section 22D of said chapter 32, the retirement board of the city of Leominster which administers this section shall revise its retirement funding schedule to reflect the costs and the actuarial liabilities attributable to the additional benefits payable under the retirement incentive program in accordance with this section. In each of the fiscal years until the actuarial liability determined under this section shall be reduced to zero, it shall be an obligation of the city of Leominster to fund such liability and there shall be appropriated to the applicable pension reserve fund in each such fiscal year the amount required by the funding schedule and the updates thereto.

SECTION 2. When the legislative and executive authorities have accepted section 1, the city of Leominster shall provide to employees of the retirement board of the city's retirement system the same rights and privileges of the early retirement incentive program as provided in said section 1 under the same terms and conditions of that retirement program.

SECTION 3. The effective retirement date for employees of the city of Leominster under this act shall not be earlier than the effective date of this act and not later than January 15, 2004.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved January 1, 2003.