ETF 70.05 ETF 70.05 Primary plan administration.
ETF 70.05(1) (1) Based upon a request for proposal process, the board shall contract with one primary administrator to offer the primary plan that is approved and officially supported by the board. The administrator awarded the contract for the primary plan shall have:
ETF 70.05(1)(a) (a) At least 5 years experience administering other section 457 deferred compensation programs. The administrator's experience shall include administering at least one program that meets each of the following:
ETF 70.05(1)(a)1. 1. Participation level of 5,000 members or more.
ETF 70.05(1)(a)2. 2. Program involves multiple payroll reporting agencies.
ETF 70.05(1)(a)3. 3. Record keeping includes consolidated record keeping for all investment products that are offered.
ETF 70.05(1)(b) (b) Marketing and enrollment services that include the following:
ETF 70.05(1)(b)1. 1. A staffed office located in Madison and field representatives to provide services to all areas of the state.
ETF 70.05(1)(b)2. 2. Contacts to each eligible employee at least annually to describe the plan being offered by this administrator.
ETF 70.05(1)(b)3. 3. Frequent enrollment opportunities at intervals established by the board.
ETF 70.05(1)(b)4. 4. Presentations to employees that include full disclosure of all direct and indirect costs to members as well as advantages and disadvantages of participating in the plan offered by this administrator.
ETF 70.05(1)(b)5. 5. Literature and forms regarding the plan to be distributed to employees and payroll personnel that are in a form approved by the department.
ETF 70.05(1)(c) (c) Member services that include the following:
ETF 70.05(1)(c)1. 1. Unlimited opportunities to increase or decrease deferral amounts.
ETF 70.05(1)(c)2. 2. Unlimited opportunities to redirect deferral amounts to any other investment product offered by the administrator.
ETF 70.05(1)(d) (d) Accounting procedures and consolidated record keeping for member account transactions that maintains all individual member records and submits deferrals, transfers and withdrawals to the investment companies offering investment products to the primary plan.
ETF 70.05(2) (2) The potential administrator shall agree to return all interest earned on idle funds of the plan that are held by the administrator to the department to offset plan costs.
ETF 70.05(3) (3) The potential administrator shall provide the necessary financial disclosure for assurance of its financial soundness.
ETF 70.05(4) (4) The investment products offered by the primary administrator shall meet the criteria in s. ETF 70.03 (9) and be approved by the board.
ETF 70.05(5) (5) The primary administrator shall provide an annual report to the board illustrating the investment performance of all investment products offered by the primary plan, as measured by criteria established under s. ETF 70.03 (8).
ETF 70.05 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92; correction in (4), (5) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2012 No. 679, eff. 8-1-12.
ETF 70.06 ETF 70.06 Alternate plan administration.
ETF 70.06(1) (1) At its discretion, the board may contract with an alternate administrator to offer an alternate plan. An alternate plan shall not be officially supported by the board. Any administrator that meets the criteria set forth in s. ETF 70.05 (1), (2) and (3) may be allowed to offer an alternate plan. The board shall not contract with more than one alternate administrator at any one time.
ETF 70.06(2) (2) Investment products offered by an alternate administrator shall meet the criteria as established in s. ETF 70.03 (9) and be approved by the board and shall not duplicate any of the specific investment products offered by the primary administrator.
ETF 70.06(3) (3) The alternate administrator shall provide an annual report to the board that describes the investment performance of all investment products offered by the alternate plan, as measured by the criteria in s. ETF 70.03 (9).
ETF 70.06(4) (4) Potential alternate administrators who meet the minimum requirements as defined in subs. (1), (2) and (3) may petition the board for approval to participate in the program within a 30 day period beginning the day after publication of these rules in the Wisconsin Administrative Code and then from May 1 through May 31 of every other year starting in 1994 for approval to participate in the program as of the next calendar year. The board shall limit the number of alternate administrators to one through a request for proposal process should there ever be a second, or more, potential administrator that petitions the board.
ETF 70.06(5) (5) If the evaluation of an alternate administrator as required in s. ETF 70.03 (7) results in the termination of the alternate administrator's participation in the program or if their contract is not renewed, members shall be instructed to redirect deferrals and transfer existing balances from investment products offered by the terminated administrator to other investment products offered by the primary administrator or any other alternate administrator within a six-month period or other time period designated by the board. At the end of the six-month period or the date designated by the board, the board shall instruct the terminated administrator to redirect any deferrals and transfer any remaining account balances with investment products offered by the terminated administrator to board designated alternative investment products offered by the primary administrator. Surrender charges that are normally assessed against funds transferred from investment products offered by one administrator to another, shall not be assessed for transactions under this subsection.
ETF 70.06 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92; correction in(2), (3), (5) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2012 No. 679, eff. 8-1-12.
ETF 70.07 ETF 70.07 Primary and alternate plan administration.
ETF 70.07(1)(1) All contracts with administrators shall be approved by the board and signed by the board chair or designee. Any administrator who participates in the program shall sign a contract in which the administrator agrees to:
ETF 70.07(1)(a) (a) Follow all requirements and regulations of the program as defined in the plan document.
ETF 70.07(1)(b) (b) Share information, such as member's annual deferral amounts, with the department and any other administrator contracted by the board to ensure compliance with internal revenue code section 457.
ETF 70.07(1)(c) (c) Provide full disclosure of all revenues received by the administrator from members and investment providers of their plan to the department at least annually.
ETF 70.07(1)(d) (d) Provide monthly reports to the department to allow adequate monitoring of program administration and compliance with internal revenue code section 457 regulations.
ETF 70.07(1)(e) (e) Provide an annual independently audited financial statement of the administrator and the plan to the department within 120 days from the end of the calendar year.
ETF 70.07(1)(f) (f) Submit to the department an acceptable contingency plan to address both data processing systems failures and administrative services interruptions.
ETF 70.07(1)(g) (g) Provide to members, upon enrollment, full disclosure of all fees and charges that are assessed, either directly or indirectly as an offset of earnings, by the administrator or the investment providers. A memorandum of understanding detailing key aspects and restrictions of the primary plan or any alternate plan shall be presented to and signed by employees enrolling in either the primary plan or any alternate plan.
ETF 70.07(1)(h) (h) Provide to members, when requested, a copy of the fund prospectus and annual report for each investment product offered by the administrator and the ability to transfer account balances from investment products offered by one administrator to those offered by another.
ETF 70.07(1)(i) (i) Provide statements to members, at least annually, detailing member's year to date annual deferral amounts, account balance information and disclosure of all fees and charges affecting member's interest earnings or account balances.
ETF 70.07(1)(j) (j) Provide information and counseling to members at termination of employment or retirement, regarding the options offered by the administrator for distribution of their account and timely processing of payouts. The type of distribution options offered shall include lump sum and partial lump sum payments, installment payment options and annuity options.
ETF 70.07(2) (2) The primary plan and any alternate plan shall reimburse the department for their proportionate share of the department's costs associated with the program.
ETF 70.07(3) (3) The administrator, their agents and the investment products they offer shall meet all applicable state and federal regulations including section 457 of the internal revenue code, security and exchange commission regulations, and state and federal insurance laws and regulations.
ETF 70.07 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92.
ETF 70.08 ETF 70.08 Investment providers.
ETF 70.08(1) (1) Investment providers offering an investment product through the primary plan or an alternate plan shall be selected by the board based on the investment product categories and criteria established under s. ETF 70.03 (8) and (9). All contracts with investment providers of the primary plan or an alternate plan shall be approved by the board and signed by the board chair or designee.
ETF 70.08(2) (2) Investment providers shall not be allowed to assess any direct or indirect costs to members.
ETF 70.08(3) (3) Based on the board's review required under s. ETF 70.03 (10), the board may determine that an investment product offered by the primary plan or an alternate plan is no longer acceptable for inclusion in the program. If the board decides to remove an investment product from the plan as a result of the product's failure to meet the criteria as established under s. ETF 70.03 (9), the product shall be phased out of the primary or alternate plan in a 2-step process over a 12 month period that shall commence on the first business day of the sixth month following the board's decision, as follows:
ETF 70.08(3)(a) (a) Phase 1 of the investment product termination process shall last for 6 months during which time current members and employees newly enrolling in the primary or alternate plan shall be informed in writing that the terminating investment product does not meet board's evaluation criteria and that this investment product is not open to new enrollments.
ETF 70.08(3)(a)1. 1. Any members already deferring to the terminating investment product shall be informed in writing that they need to redirect future deferrals from this product to an alternative investment product offered by the primary or alternate plan by notifying the administrator of their new investment choice.
ETF 70.08(3)(a)2. 2. At the end of the 6-month period, the board shall instruct the administrator to automatically redirect any member's deferrals that have not been redirected to an alternative investment product from the terminated product into a board designated alternative investment product offered by the primary or alternate plan.
ETF 70.08(3)(a)3. 3. Existing member account balances shall be allowed to remain in the terminating investment product during this period.
ETF 70.08(3)(b) (b) Phase 2 of the investment product termination process immediately follows the first 6-month period and provides an additional 6-month period during which time members shall transfer existing balances from the terminating product to another investment product offered by the primary or alternate plan.
ETF 70.08(3)(b)1. 1. If at the end of the 6-month period, any member has failed to move a remaining account balance from the terminated fund, the board shall instruct the administrator to automatically move that member's account balance into a board designated alternative investment product offered by the primary or alternate plan.
ETF 70.08(3)(b)2. 2. During the phase out process and at any time prior to the end of the second phase, the board may re-examine the performance of the terminating investment product to determine if continued plan participation is justified.
ETF 70.08 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92; CR 08-016: am. (3) (intro.) Register August 2008 No. 632, eff. 9-1-08; correction in (1), (3), made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2012 No. 679, eff. 8-1-12.
ETF 70.09 ETF 70.09 Member responsibilities.
ETF 70.09(1) (1) Employees electing to become a member of the primary or an alternate plan shall sign a memorandum of understanding prior to enrolling to certify that all program requirements and regulations have been clearly explained.
ETF 70.09(2) (2) A member shall select one administrator for his or her deferrals. A member may not simultaneously defer earnings to the primary plan and an alternate plan.
ETF 70.09(3) (3) Each member shall review information provided by the administrator and the department about the investment type and performance of the investment products offered to determine which investment products best meet the member's individual needs and financial objectives.
ETF 70.09(4) (4) Each member shall monitor his or her own annual deferral amounts to ensure the amount does not exceed the maximum deferral amount allowed under internal revenue code section 457.
ETF 70.09(5) (5) Upon termination of employment or retirement, a member shall notify the administrator of his or her termination date within the time period designated in the plan document, to establish when distribution of the member's account shall begin.
ETF 70.09 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92.
ETF 70.10 ETF 70.10 Emergency withdrawals.
ETF 70.10(1) (1) A participant or beneficiary may make emergency withdrawals in the event of an unforeseeable emergency under the following conditions and limitations:
ETF 70.10(1)(a) (a) As defined in 26 USC 457 (b) (5) and 26 CFR 1.457-2 (h) (4), an unforeseeable emergency is one which causes severe financial hardship to the participant or beneficiary as a result of a sudden and unexpected illness or accident of the participant or beneficiary or of a dependent of the participant or beneficiary, loss of the participant's or beneficiary's property due to casualty, or other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the participant or beneficiary.
ETF 70.10 Note Note: "A dependent of the participant" as used here is defined by the secretary of the treasury as one specified in 26 USC 152 (a).
ETF 70.10(1)(b) (b) The need to send a participant's or beneficiary's child to college or the desire to purchase a home are examples of what are not unforeseeable emergencies.
ETF 70.10(1)(c) (c) The facts of each case shall be ascertained to determine if the circumstances constitute an unforeseeable emergency.
ETF 70.10(1)(d) (d) Withdrawal payment may not be made to the extent that the hardship is or may be relieved:
ETF 70.10(1)(d)1. 1. Through reimbursement or compensation by insurance or otherwise,
ETF 70.10(1)(d)2. 2. By liquidation of the participant's or beneficiary's assets to the extent the liquidation of these assets would not itself cause severe financial hardship, or
ETF 70.10(1)(d)3. 3. By cessation of deferrals under the plan.
ETF 70.10(1)(e) (e) The withdrawal, because of an unforeseeable emergency, shall be limited to an amount reasonably needed to satisfy the emergency need.
ETF 70.10(2) (2) The administrative plan provider as defined in s. 40.02 (18s), Stats., which is selected by the board under s. 40.80, Stats., and which administers the deferrals which are the subject of the withdrawal request shall:
ETF 70.10(2)(a) (a) Receive requests from participants or beneficiaries for unforeseeable emergency withdrawals,
ETF 70.10(2)(b) (b) Investigate and document the facts on a form prescribed by the department,
ETF 70.10(2)(c) (c) Exchange relevant information with the employer's designated agent, and
ETF 70.10(2)(d) (d) Within 5 working days after the receipt of the information required in sub. (3) make a recommendation to the department on a form prescribed by the department.
ETF 70.10(3) (3) The employer shall within one week of the receipt of the administrative plan provider's written request for information provide to the administrative plan provider any relevant information required to process an individual participant's request for an unforeseeable emergency withdrawal on a form prescribed by the department.
ETF 70.10(4) (4) The employer shall acknowledge, on the form prescribed by the department, that relevant unforeseeable emergency information concerning each emergency withdrawal request has been given to the administrative plan provider and has been received by the employer from the administrative plan provider.
ETF 70.10(5) (5) The department, within 5 working days of receipt and on the basis of the administrative plan provider's recommendation required in sub. (2) (d) and any additional information the department may receive, shall approve or deny the emergency withdrawal.
ETF 70.10(6) (6) The department shall prepare a report on unforeseeable emergency withdrawal activity since the last meeting of the board for presentation at the following meeting of the board.
ETF 70.10 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1985, No. 354, eff. 7-1-85; renum. from ETF 10.01, Register, June, 1992, No. 438, eff. 7-1-92; CR 08-016: am. (intro.), (1) (a), (b), (d) 2. and (2) (a) Register August 2008 No. 632, eff. 9-1-08.
subch. II of ch. ETF 70 Subchapter II — State Deferred Compensation Plan for Local Employees
ETF 70.11 ETF 70.11 Participation in the deferred compensation plan. The governing body of any employer as defined under s. 40.02 (28), Stats., other than the state, may provide the state's deferred compensation plan for its employees by the adoption of a resolution in the form approved by the department. The employer shall forward a certified copy of the resolution to the department and the then current administrative plan provider as defined in s. 40.02 (18s), Stats.
ETF 70.11 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1985, No. 354, eff. 7-1-85; renum. from ETF 70.10, Register, June, 1992, no. 438, eff. 7-1-92.
ETF 70.12 ETF 70.12 Effective date. Local implementation of the deferred compensation plan and enrollment of eligible employees may begin immediately upon acceptance, by the department, of the resolution under s. ETF 70.10.
ETF 70.12 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1985, No. 354, eff. 7-1-85.
ETF 70.15 ETF 70.15 Terminating participation in the deferred compensation plan. The governing body of an employer, other than the state, may terminate participation in the state deferred compensation plan after a minimum of one year from the date the certified copy of the resolution required under s. ETF 70.10 was accepted by the department, by adopting a resolution in the form approved by the department and forwarding a copy of the resolution to the department and the then current administrative plan provider as defined in s. 40.02 (18s), Stats. Enrollment and payroll deferral activities shall cease 90 days after receipt by the department of the certified copy of a resolution to terminate participation in the state's deferred compensation plan. Treatment of previous individual deferral investment specifications, accounts and benefits shall continue to be governed by the plan and investment plan provider contracts, unless the employer exercises its right of ownership under 26 CFR 1.457-2 (j) to provide for different treatment.
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