Register May 2015 No. 713
Chapter ETF 60
SURVIVOR BENEFITS
Subchapter I — General Provisions
ETF 60.03   Due dates.
Subchapter II — Group Life Insurance For State And Local Employees
ETF 60.31   Group life insurance coverage requirement.
ETF 60.32   Group life insurance coverage for employees under a private pension plan.
ETF 60.33   Successor employers.
Subchapter III — Wisconsin Retirement System Death Benefits
ETF 60.51   Cancellation of death benefit and beneficiary annuity applications.
ETF 60.53   Death benefits — automatic distributions.
ETF 60.60   Conversion of life insurance coverage to pay premiums for health and long-term care insurance.
Ch. ETF 60 Note Note: Chapter ETF 60 was created as an emergency rule effective October 1, 1982.
Ch. ETF 60 Note Note: Chapter ETF 60 requires several new forms. These forms are available at no charge by contacting the department of employee trust funds.
subch. I of ch. ETF 60 Subchapter I — General Provisions
ETF 60.03 ETF 60.03 Due dates. A certification required in the administration of the group life insurance plan, or a written request to cancel an application under this chapter, which is due on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when the state offices are closed shall be timely if received in the department the next working day.
ETF 60.03 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83.
subch. II of ch. ETF 60 Subchapter II — Group Life Insurance For State And Local Employees
ETF 60.31 ETF 60.31 Group life insurance coverage requirement.
ETF 60.31(1)(1) An employer who has adopted a resolution to offer a group life insurance plan under s. 40.70 (1) (a), Stats., shall certify to the department all eligibility information specified by the department for employees eligible for group life insurance coverage on the effective date of the resolution. To verify that the participation requirement established under s. 40.70 (2), Stats., has been satisfied, the employer shall indicate the number of employees who have completed an application for coverage. The resolution shall be effective on January 1 if the certification of the eligibility information and the number of employees applying for coverage is received by the department no later than the preceding December 15. An employer may withdraw a resolution before it becomes effective if written notice by the governing body of the employer is received by the department no less than 5 working days before the resolution becomes effective.
ETF 60.31(2) (2) The department may review a participating employer's level of employee participation in the basic group life insurance plan provided under s. 40.72 (1), Stats. If in making a review of a participating employer's level of employee participation in the basic group life insurance plan the department determines that there is no employee participation, and this is confirmed by the employer, the department may terminate the life insurance resolution adopted under s. 40.70 (1) (a), Stats. If the department determines that employee participation has decreased below the level established under s. 40.70 (2), Stats., the department shall prepare a list of those employers for submission to the group insurance board and the group insurance board shall determine which resolutions will be terminated. The termination of a resolution shall be effective either after the end of the third full month following the date the group insurance board or the department terminates coverage or the end of the calendar year, whichever occurs later. If a resolution is terminated under this subsection another resolution may be submitted under s. 40.70 (1) (a), Stats., after a lapse of 6 months from the effective date of the termination.
ETF 60.31 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83; am. Register, April, 1984, No. 340, eff. 5-1-84; am. (2), Register, November, 1985, No. 359, eff. 12-1-85; am. (1), Register, September, 1986, No. 369, eff. 10-1-86.
ETF 60.32 ETF 60.32 Group life insurance coverage for employees under a private pension plan. Any insured employee who becomes an annuitant under a private pension plan and who retires before attaining age 65 but who has 20 years of service for the employer, may continue to be insured under the group life insurance plan if:
ETF 60.32(1) (1) The employee requests the continuation of the insurance by filing a form provided by the department with the employer within 60 days after termination of employment from the employer and agrees to pay the required premiums until reaching age 65; and
ETF 60.32(2) (2) The employer provides confirmation, to the department, of 20 years service.
ETF 60.32 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83; r. (1), renum. (2) (intro.), (a) and (b) to be (intro.), (1) and (2), Register, September, 1986, No. 369, eff. 10-1-86.
ETF 60.33 ETF 60.33 Successor employers.
ETF 60.33(1) (1) Whenever any employer is created, the territory of which includes more than one-half of the assessed valuation of an employer which was at the time of creation a participating employer, and the newly created employer assumes the functions and responsibilities of the previous employer, the newly created employer shall be a participating employer under the group life insurance program from the inception of the employer.
ETF 60.33(2) (2) Any person covered on the day preceding the date of creation of the successor employer shall continue to be covered under the group life insurance program on the same basis.
ETF 60.33(3) (3) Any person who first becomes eligible for group life insurance coverage as a result of the consolidation of employers and who desires to enroll shall apply for coverage in accordance with the contract.
ETF 60.33(4) (4) The amount of group life insurance coverage for an insured employee of a successor employer shall be based on the aggregate of earnings from both the predecessor and successor employers in the previous calendar year.
ETF 60.33 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1983, No. 326, eff. 3-1-83.
subch. III of ch. ETF 60 Subchapter III — Wisconsin Retirement System Death Benefits
ETF 60.51 ETF 60.51 Cancellation of death benefit and beneficiary annuity applications.
ETF 60.51(1) (1) Any lump sum death benefit or beneficiary annuity application canceled pursuant to this section shall have no force or effect, and any subsequent application shall be treated as a new application. Repayment in full of any sum paid under the application for which cancellation is sought shall be required. The employer may not make this payment on behalf of the recipient of the benefit.
ETF 60.51(2) (2) A request to cancel an application for a lump sum death benefit payment under s. 40.73 (1) or (2), Stats., must be in writing. The request to cancel shall be rejected unless received by the department by the close of regular office hours on the last working day preceding the date specified in s. ETF 10.633 (1) (c).
ETF 60.51(3) (3) A request to cancel an application for a beneficiary annuity under s. 40.73 (3), Stats., must be in writing. The request to cancel the application shall be rejected unless received by the department by the close of regular office hours on the last working day preceding the date specified in s. ETF 10.633 (1) (a).
ETF 60.51 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1983, No. 328, eff. 5-1-83; am. Register, January, 1996, No. 481, eff. 2-1-96.
ETF 60.53 ETF 60.53 Death benefits — automatic distributions.
ETF 60.53(1)(a) (a) A beneficiary of a deceased annuitant who is entitled to a continuation of the annuitant's monthly annuity under s. 40.73 (2), Stats., may receive the benefit as a monthly annuity by filing a timely application. The application for a monthly annuity must be received by the department no later than the last day of the third full calendar month which begins after the date the department mails or otherwise provides the application to the beneficiary.
ETF 60.53(1)(b) (b) If the department does not receive an application for a continuation of the monthly annuity within the deadline specified in sub. (1) the department shall pay the then present value of the death benefit to the beneficiary as a lump sum. The department may not accept a request to cancel the lump sum payment which is received after the deadline specified in sub. (1) or the deadline specified in s. ETF 60.51 (2), whichever is earlier.
ETF 60.53(1)(c) (c) If the beneficiary submits a waiver of a lump sum benefit under s. 40.74 (2), Stats., and the department receives it on or before the deadline specified in s. ETF 60.51 (2), the department shall defer automatic distribution of the benefit during the waiting period before the waiver effective date. Any new beneficiary who becomes eligible for a continuation of the monthly payments as a result of a waiver shall be granted the period specified in sub. (1) to apply for continuation of the monthly payments.
ETF 60.53 Note Note: This rule (CR 09-057) amends ss. ETF 20.07 (6) and 60.53 (1) (c) to conform to the new effective date for waivers in s. 40.08 (3), Stats., as affected by 2007 Wis. Act 131.
ETF 60.53(2)(a)(a) This subsection applies to death benefits payable from required or additional contribution accumulations that the department had not begun to distribute before the death of the participant or alternate payee.
ETF 60.53(2)(b) (b) The department shall treat a distribution paid as a lump sum under s. 40.25 (2), Stats., as having begun prior to the death of the participant or alternate payee if the date of the check is on or before the date of death. The department shall treat a distribution paid as an annuity or as a lump sum in lieu of an annuity under s. 40.25 (1) or (4), Stats., as having begun prior to the death of the participant or alternate payee if all of the following apply:
ETF 60.53(2)(b)1. 1. The participant or alternate payee is living on the date the department receives the benefit application and on the effective date of the benefit;
ETF 60.53(2)(b)2. 2. The department does not receive the participant's or alternate payee's written request to cancel the benefit as provided under s. ETF 20.20 (4) on or before the date of death.
ETF 60.53(2)(c) (c) A beneficiary may elect to receive a death benefit payable under this subsection as a monthly annuity, subject to s. 40.73 (3), Stats., provided the beneficiary applies, and the department receives the application, no later than the close of business on the last working day of September in the calendar year following the year of the participant's or alternate payee's death. The annuity effective date may not be later than November 1 of that year.
ETF 60.53(2)(d) (d) A beneficiary may elect to receive the death benefit as a lump sum provided the beneficiary applies, and the department receives the application, no later than the close of business on the last working day of September in the fifth calendar year following the year of the participant's or alternate payee's death.
ETF 60.53(2)(e)1.1. A beneficiary who was the spouse of the deceased participant at the time of death may defer application for the death benefit until the latest of the following dates:
ETF 60.53(2)(e)1.a. a. For an application for a monthly annuity, the application date specified in par. (c);
ETF 60.53(2)(e)1.b. b. For an application for a lump sum, the application date specified in par. (d);
ETF 60.53(2)(e)1.c. c. For an application for any optional form of payment, the last working day of the year in which the participant would have attained age 69.5. The department may not accept an application for a monthly annuity under this subdivision if the department receives the application after the application date specified in par. (c), unless the beneficiary files a beneficiary designation that the department receives by that date or by September 30, 1999, whichever is later.
ETF 60.53(2)(e)2. 2. This paragraph does not apply to spouses of deceased alternate payees.
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