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40.02(25) (25) "Eligible employee" means:
40.02(25)(a) (a) For the purpose of any group insurance:
40.02(25)(a)1. 1. Any participating state employee who has been participating under the Wisconsin retirement system for a period of at least 6 months prior to attainment of age 70 not including any period of leave of absence without pay.
40.02(25)(a)2. 2. Any state employee who is a member or employee of the legislature, a state constitutional officer, a district attorney who did not elect under s. 978.12 (6) to continue insurance coverage with a county, or who did elect such coverage but has terminated that election under s. 978.12 (6), a justice of the supreme court, a court of appeals judge, a circuit judge or the chief clerk or sergeant at arms of the senate or assembly.
40.02(25)(a)3. 3. The blind employees of the Wisconsin workshop for the blind authorized under s. 47.03 (1) (b), 1989 stats., or of the nonprofit corporation with which the department of workforce development contracts under s. 47.03 (1m) (a), 1989 stats., as of the beginning of the calendar month following completion of 1,000 hours of service. Persons employed by an employer who are blind when hired shall not be eligible for life insurance premium waiver because of any disability that is directly or indirectly attributed to blindness and may convert life insurance coverage only once under the contract.
40.02(25)(a)4. 4. Only a person who has not attained age 70 at the time of becoming initially eligible for the group insurance coverage provided under this chapter; but this subdivision does not exclude any participant from participation in the group health insurance plan nor does it exclude from participation in the group life insurance plan any employee who is initially eligible on the employer's effective date of participation.
40.02(25)(a)5. 5. Any state employee who has been participating under the Wisconsin retirement system for a period of at least 6 months prior to attaining age 70 not including any period of leave of absence without pay and who is on union service leave except the cost for premium payments shall be entirely the responsibility of the state employee on union service leave.
40.02(25)(a)6. 6. Any state employee of the office of district attorney, other than the district attorney, in a county having a population of 500,000 or more who did not elect under s. 978.12 (6) to continue insurance coverage with that county, or who did elect such coverage but has terminated that election under s. 978.12 (6), and who has participated under the retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, and under the Wisconsin retirement system for a combined and consecutive period, of at least 6 months prior to attainment of age 70, not including any period of leave of absence without pay.
40.02(25)(b) (b) For the purpose of group health insurance coverage:
40.02(25)(b)1. 1. Any teacher who is employed by the university for an expected duration of not less than 6 months on at least a one-third full-time employment basis and who is not described in subd. 1m.
40.02(25)(b)1m. 1m. Any teacher who is a participating employee and who is employed by the university for an expected duration of not less than 6 months on at least a one-third full-time employment basis.
40.02(25)(b)2. 2. Any person employed as a teaching assistant or graduate assistant and other employees-in-training as are designated by the board of regents of the university, who are employed on at least a one-third full-time basis.
40.02(25)(b)2c. 2c. A state employee described in s. 49.825 (4) or (5) or 49.826 (4).
40.02(25)(b)2g. 2g. Any person employed as a graduate assistant and other employees-in-training as are designated by the board of directors of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, who are employed on at least a one-third full-time basis with an expected duration of employment of at least 6 months.
40.02(25)(b)3. 3. The surviving spouse or domestic partner of an employee, or of a retired employee, who is currently covered by health insurance at the time of death of the employee or retired employee. The spouse or domestic partner shall have the same right to health insurance coverage as the deceased employee or retired employee, but without state contribution, under rules promulgated by the secretary.
40.02(25)(b)4. 4. Any insured employee who is retired on an immediate or disability annuity, or who receives a lump sum payment under s. 40.25 (1) that would have been an immediate annuity if paid as an annuity, if the employee meets all of the requirements for an immediate annuity including filing of application whether or not final administrative action has been taken.
40.02(25)(b)5. 5. Any participating state employee under the Wisconsin retirement system, notwithstanding par. (a) 1.
40.02(25)(b)6. 6. A participating state employee who terminates creditable service:
40.02(25)(b)6.a. a. After attaining 20 years of creditable service; and
40.02(25)(b)6.b. b. Who is eligible for an immediate annuity but defers application.
40.02(25)(b)6e. 6e. A state employee who terminates creditable service after attaining 20 years of creditable service, remains a participant, and is not eligible for an immediate annuity.
40.02(25)(b)6g. 6g. Any state constitutional officer, member or officer of the legislature, head of a state department or state agency who is appointed by the governor with senate confirmation, or head of a legislative service agency, as defined in s. 13.90 (1m) (a), who terminates all creditable service on or after January 1, 1992, who is eligible for and has applied for a retirement annuity or a lump sum payment under s. 40.25 (1), who, if eligible, is receiving medicare coverage under both part A and part B of Title XVIII of the federal social security act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395zz, and who has acted under s. 40.51 (10m) to elect group health insurance coverage.
40.02(25)(b)6m. 6m. Beginning on the date specified by the department, but not earlier than March 20, 1992, and not later than July 1, 1992, any of the following persons who, if eligible, is receiving medicare coverage under both part A and part B of Title XVIII of the federal social security act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395zz, and who has acted under s. 40.51 (16) to elect group health insurance coverage:
40.02(25)(b)6m.a. a. A retired employee of the state who is receiving a retirement annuity or has received a lump sum payment under s. 40.25 (1).
40.02(25)(b)6m.b. b. An employee of the state who terminates creditable service after attaining 20 years of creditable service, remains a participant and is not eligible for an immediate annuity.
40.02(25)(b)6r. 6r. Any insured employee of the state who terminates creditable service on or after April 23, 1992, after attaining at least 20 years of creditable service, remains a participant and is not eligible for an immediate annuity or is not receiving a retirement or disability annuity, and who, if eligible, is receiving medicare coverage under both part A and part B of Title XVIII of the federal social security act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395zz.
40.02(25)(b)7. 7. Any employee whose health insurance premiums are being paid under s. 40.05 (4) (bm).
40.02(25)(b)8. 8. Any other state employee for whom coverage is authorized under a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to subch. V of ch. 111 or under s. 230.12 or 233.10.
40.02(25)(b)9. 9. Except as provided under s. 40.51 (7), any other employee of any employer, other than the state, that has acted under s. 40.51 to make such coverage available to its employees.
40.02(25)(b)10. 10. Any participating employee who is an employee of this state and who qualifies for a disability benefit under s. 40.63 or 40.65.
40.02(25)(b)11. 11. Beginning on July 1, 1988, any retired public employee, other than a retired employee of the state, who is receiving an annuity under the Wisconsin retirement system, or any dependent of such an employee, as provided in the health insurance contract, who is receiving a continuation of the employee's annuity, and, if eligible, is receiving medicare coverage under both part A and part B of Title XVIII of the federal social security act, 42 USC 1395 to 1395zz, and who has acted under s. 40.51 (10) to elect group health insurance coverage.
40.02(25)(bm) (bm) For the purpose of long-term care insurance, in addition to any state annuitant under s. 40.02 (54m), any employee of the state who received a salary or wages in the previous calendar year, and any participant who was at one time employed by the state who receives a lump sum payment under s. 40.25 (1) which would have been an immediate annuity if paid as an annuity, if the employee is a resident of this state and meets all of the requirements for an immediate annuity including filing of an application, whether or not final administrative action has been taken.
40.02(25)(c) (c) For the purpose of group life insurance coverage, for participating employees and employees subject to s. 40.19 (4) of any employer, other than the state, which has acted under s. 40.70 (1) (a) to make group life insurance available to its employees the same as provided under par. (a) 1. and 3.
40.02(25)(d) (d) For the purpose of income continuation insurance coverage, and except as provided under s. 40.61 (3), for participating employees of any employer under sub. (28), other than the state, which has acted under s. 40.61 to make such coverage available to its employees.
40.02(25g) (25g) "Eligible retired public safety officer" has the meaning given in section 402 (l) (4) (B) of the Internal Revenue Code.
40.02(26) (26) "Employee" means any person who receives earnings as payment for personal services rendered for the benefit of any employer including officers of the employer. An employee is deemed to have separated from the service of an employer at the end of the day on which the employee last performed services for the employer, or, if later, the day on which the employee-employer relationship is terminated because of the expiration or termination of leave without pay, sick leave, vacation or other leave of absence. Except as provided in s. 40.82 (4), a participant receiving a differential wage payment or earnings, contributions, or service credit under sub. (15) (e) is considered an employee of the employer making the payment. A person shall not be considered an employee if a person:
40.02(26)(a) (a) Is employed under a contract involving the furnishing of more than personal services.
40.02(26)(b) (b) Is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, business or profession providing the same type of services to private individuals and organizations as is provided to the employer and whose services to a participating employer are not compensated for on a payroll of that employer, except that persons holding offices provided for by statute shall be considered employees.
40.02(26)(c) (c) Is a patient or inmate of a hospital, home or institution and performs services in the hospital, home or institution.
40.02(26g) (26g) "Employee-funded reimbursement account plan" means any of the following:
40.02(26g)(a) (a) A plan in accordance with section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code under which an employee may direct an employer to place part of the employee's gross compensation in an account to pay for certain future expenses of the employee under section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code.
40.02(26g)(b) (b) A plan in accordance with section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code under which an employee may direct an employer to place part of the employee's gross compensation in an account to pay for certain future expenses of the employee under section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code.
40.02(26r) (26r) "Employee-funded reimbursement account plan provider" means a person who provides administrative services related to employee-funded reimbursement account plans.
40.02(27) (27) "Employee required contribution" means the contribution made by an employee under s. 40.05 (1) (a) 1. to 4.
40.02(28) (28) "Employer" means the state, including each state agency, any county, city, village, town, school district, other governmental unit or instrumentality of 2 or more units of government now existing or hereafter created within the state, any federated public library system established under s. 43.19 whose territory lies within a single county with a population of 500,000 or more, a local exposition district created under subch. II of ch. 229, and a long-term care district created under s. 46.2895, except as provided under ss. 40.51 (7) and 40.61 (3). "Employer" does not include a local cultural arts district created under subch. V of ch. 229. Each employer shall be a separate legal jurisdiction for OASDHI purposes.
40.02(29) (29) "Employer required contribution" means the contribution made by an employer under s. 40.05 (2) (a) to (f).
40.02(30) (30) "Executive participating employee" means a participating employee in a position designated under s. 19.42 (10) (L) or 20.923 (4), (4g), (7), (8), or (9) or authorized under s. 230.08 (2) (e) during the time of employment. All service credited prior to May 17, 1988, as executive service as defined under s. 40.02 (31), 1985 stats., shall continue to be treated as executive service as defined under s. 40.02 (31), 1985 stats., but no other service rendered prior to May 17, 1988, may be changed to executive service as defined under s. 40.02 (31), 1985 stats.
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (30) is amended eff. 7-1-15 by 2011 Wis. Act 32, as affected by 2013 Wis. Act 20, ss. 2365m and 9448, to read:
Effective date text (30) "Executive participating employee" means a participating employee in a position designated under s. 19.42 (10) (L) or 20.923 (4), (7), (8), or (9) or authorized under s. 230.08 (2) (e) during the time of employment, and also includes the president and vice presidents of the University of Wisconsin System and the chancellors and vice chancellors who are serving as deputies of all University of Wisconsin institutions, the University of Wisconsin Colleges, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. All service credited prior to May 17, 1988, as executive service as defined under s. 40.02 (31), 1985 stats., shall continue to be treated as executive service as defined under s. 40.02 (31), 1985 stats., but no other service rendered prior to May 17, 1988, may be changed to executive service as defined under s. 40.02 (31), 1985 stats.
40.02(31) (31) "Federal annual compensation limits" means any annual compensation limit under section 401 (a) (17) of the Internal Revenue Code, as adjusted for any cost of living increases under section 401 (a) (17) (B) of the Internal Revenue Code, but only with respect to plan years beginning after December 31, 1995, and only with respect to individuals who first became participating employees in plan years beginning after December 31, 1995. This subsection shall be applied in compliance with section 401 (a) (31) of the Internal Revenue Code pursuant to any applicable federal regulations or guidance adopted under the Internal Revenue Code.
40.02(32) (32) "Federal regulations" means the provisions of section 218 of Title II of the federal social security act and applicable regulations adopted under the federal social security act.
40.02(33) (33) "Final average earnings" means:
40.02(33)(a) (a) The monthly rate of earnings, ignoring any fractions of a dollar, obtained by dividing:
40.02(33)(a)1. 1. The participant's total earnings received or considered to be received under sub. (22) (e), (ef), or (em) and for which contributions are made under s. 40.05 (1) and (2) during the 3 annual earnings periods (excluding any period more than 3 years prior to the effective date for any participating employer) in which the earnings were the highest, subject to federal annual compensation limits; by
40.02(33)(a)2. 2. Twelve times the total amount of creditable service for the 3 periods.
40.02(33)(b)1.1. For a state elected official who is prohibited by law from receiving an increase in compensation during the official's term of office and who so elects, one-twelfth of the annual salary, subject to federal annual compensation limits, which would have been payable to the participant during the last completed month in which the participant was a participating employee in such a position if the participant had not been prohibited by law from receiving an increase in salary during his or her term of office, but only with respect to service as a state elected official.
40.02(33)(b)2. 2. For a state senator who so elects, one-twelfth of the annual salary which would have been payable to the participant during the last completed month in which the participant was a participating employee in such a position if the participant had not been prohibited by law from receiving an increase in salary during part of his or her term of office, but only with respect to service as a state senator.
40.02(33)(c) (c) For a participant who makes an election under s. 40.30 (2), the monthly rate of earnings applicable under par. (a) or (b), increased as provided under s. 40.30 (4) (b) but subject to federal annual compensation limits.
40.02(35) (35) "Fund" means the public employee trust fund.
40.02(36) (36) "Governing body" means the legislature or the head of each state agency with respect to employees of that agency for the state, the common council in cities, the village board in villages, the town board in towns, the county board in counties, the school board in school districts, or the board, commission or other governing body having the final authority for any other unit of government, for any agency or instrumentality of 2 or more units of government, for any federated public library system established under s. 43.19 whose territory lies within a single county with a population of 500,000 or more, for a local exposition district created under subch. II of ch. 229 or for a long-term care district created under s. 46.2895, but does not include a local cultural arts district created under subch. V of ch. 229.
40.02(37) (37) "Health insurance" means contractual arrangements which may include, but are not limited to, indemnity or service benefits, or prepaid comprehensive health care plans, which will provide full or partial payment of the financial expense incurred by employees and dependents as the result of injury, illness or preventive medical procedures. The plans may include hospitalization, surgical and medical care, as well as ancillary items or services as determined by the group insurance board. The plans may include the type of coverage normally referred to as "major medical" insurance.
40.02(37m) (37m) "Health savings account" means a health savings account described in 26 USC 223.
40.02(37r) (37r) "High-deductible health plan" has the meaning given in 26 USC 223 (c) (2).
40.02(38) (38) "Immediate annuity" means an annuity, not including an annuity from additional contributions, which begins to accrue not later than 30 days after termination of employment.
40.02(39) (39) "Insured employee" means, for purposes of each insurance benefit plan, any eligible employee who is properly enrolled in the benefit plan.
40.02(39m) (39m) "Internal Revenue Code" means the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, under Title 26, USC, as amended.
40.02(39r) (39r) "Joint and survivor annuity" means an optional annuity form, described under s. 40.24 (1) (d) or a rule promulgated under s. 40.24 (1) (g), that is payable for the life of the participant and, after the death of the participant, a continuing percentage of which is payable in monthly installments to the named survivor.
40.02(40) (40) "Leave of absence" means any period during which an employee has ceased to render services for a participating employer and receive earnings and there has been no formal termination of the employer-employee relationship. For purposes of the fund every leave of absence, except a military leave or union service leave, shall terminate 3 years after it begins or, if earlier, upon the date specified by the employer in a notification to the department that the employer-employee relationship has terminated. A leave of absence is not deemed ended or interrupted by reason of resumption of active duty until the employee has resumed active performance of duty for 30 consecutive calendar days for at least 50% of what is considered that employee's normal work time with that employer. For the purpose of group health insurance coverage, every leave of absence due to employee layoff which has not been terminated before 3 years have elapsed shall continue for affected insured employees until an additional 2 years elapse or until sick leave credits used to pay health insurance premiums are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
40.02(40m) (40m) "Long-term care insurance" means insurance that primarily provides coverage for care that is provided in institutional and community-based settings and that is convalescent or custodial care or care for a chronic condition or terminal illness. The term does not include a medicare supplement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28r), a medicare replacement policy, as defined in s. 600.03 (28p), or a continuing care contract, as defined in s. 647.01 (2).
40.02(41) (41) "Milwaukee teacher" means any teacher employed by the board of school directors of the city of Milwaukee.
40.02(41m) (41m) "Monthly salary" means the gross amount paid to a participant making a claim under s. 40.65, at the time he or she becomes disabled within the meaning of s. 40.65 (4), by the employer in whose employ the injury occurred or the disease was contracted. Overtime pay may not be considered part of an employee's monthly salary unless the employee received it on a regular and dependable basis.
40.02(41n) (41n) "Municipal employer" has the meaning given in s. 111.70 (1) (j).
40.02(41r) (41r) "Named survivor" means the natural person designated by a participant on an application for a joint and survivor annuity or pursuant to a request under s. 40.24 (4) to receive, after the death of the participant, a continuing percentage of the annuity payable in monthly installments. A participant may not designate more than one natural person as the named survivor for a joint and survivor annuity. A participant's designation of a named survivor on an application for a joint and survivor annuity is irrevocable after the deadline specified under s. 40.24 (4). Pursuant to rules promulgated by the department, a named survivor may designate one or more beneficiaries to receive any remaining guaranteed monthly installments that are unpaid at the time of the named survivor's death.
40.02(42) (42) "Normal retirement date" means:
40.02(42)(a) (a) The date on which a participant attains the age of 55 years for a protective occupation participant who terminates covered employment before July 1, 1990, or, for a protective occupation participant who terminates covered employment on or after July 1, 1990, the date on which the participant attains the age of 54 years if the participant has accumulated less than 25 years of creditable service or the age of 53 years if the participant has accumulated at least 25 years of creditable service, except as provided in par. (g).
40.02(42)(b) (b) The date on which a participant attains the age of 62 years for an elected official or an executive participating employee, except as provided in par. (g).
40.02(42)(d) (d) The date on which a participant attains the age of 65 years for any participant not subject to par. (a) or (b), except as provided in par. (g).
40.02(42)(g) (g) The date applicable to the participant under pars. (a) to (d) at the earlier of either the date it is necessary to make any determination or to take any action relative to the participant for purposes of the retirement system or the date of termination of employment of the participant, notwithstanding the fact that a participant may have been in one or more different employment categories at any previous time except for the purpose of calculating an annuity. For the purpose of calculating an annuity, the normal retirement date for each category provided by pars. (a) to (d) applies to service which is subject to that category. For the purpose of calculating a retirement benefit for an executive participating employee qualifying only under s. 40.02 (30) (b), 1985 stats., a normal retirement date of the date the executive participating employee attains the age of 62 years shall be applied to creditable service of the executive participating employee for which par. (d) would otherwise apply except the number of creditable service years to which that normal retirement date shall be applied under this paragraph may not exceed the number of executive service years of the executive participating employee.
40.02(43) (43) "OASDHI" means federal old-age, survivors, disability and health insurance under Titles II and XVIII of the federal social security act.
40.02(44) (44) "OASDHI benefit" means the primary or disability insurance monthly benefit amount for which a person is eligible, or for which a participant will be eligible upon attaining the lowest age at which old-age benefits are payable under the OASDHI program.
40.02(45) (45) "Participant" means any person included within the provisions of the Wisconsin retirement system by virtue of being or having been a participating employee whose account has not been closed under s. 40.25 (1) or (2).
40.02(46) (46) "Participating employee" means an employee who is currently in the service of, or an employee who is on a leave of absence from, a participating employer under the Wisconsin retirement system and who has met the requirements for inclusion within the provisions of the Wisconsin retirement system under s. 40.22.
40.02(47) (47) "Participating employer" means, for purposes of each of the respective benefit plans, any employer subject to the provisions of that plan under this chapter.
40.02(48) (48)
40.02(48)(a)(a) "Protective occupation participant" means any participant whose principal duties are determined by the participating employer, or, subject to s. 40.06 (1) (dm), by the department head in the case of a state employee, to involve active law enforcement or active fire suppression or prevention, provided the duties require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning.
40.02(48)(am) (am) "Protective occupation participant" includes any participant whose name is certified to the fund as provided in s. 40.06 (1) (d) and (dm) and who is any of the following:
40.02(48)(am)1. 1. A conservation warden.
40.02(48)(am)2. 2. A conservation patrol boat captain.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)