40.08(1m)(g) (g) If par. (b) 1. applies, eligibility for benefit rights that are available only after attainment of a specified length of service shall be determined based on the service that would have been credited, if the account had not been divided under this subsection, to the participant's account on the effective date of the participant's benefit and on the effective date of the alternate payee's benefit for purposes of determining the participant's and alternate payee's benefit rights, respectively. However, no creditable service may be added to the alternate payee's account under this paragraph, and the participant shall not receive creditable service under this paragraph, for any service that has been transferred to the alternate payee's account. This paragraph applies only if all eligibility requirements, other than length-of-service requirements, for the benefit rights being established have been met.
40.08(1m)(h) (h) Notwithstanding pars. (b) to (g), if the participant is both an annuitant and is receiving a benefit under s. 40.65 that is effective on or before the decree date, the adjustments specified in s. 40.65 (5) (b) 4. shall be computed as though the participant's account had not been divided.
40.08(1m)(i) (i) The department, its employees, the fund and the board are immune from any liability for any act or omission under this subsection in accordance with a qualified domestic relations order and may not be required to take any action or make any notification as part of the exercise of ownership rights granted under this subsection.
40.08(1m)(j) (j) This subsection applies to qualified domestic relations orders issued on or after January 1, 1982, that provide for divisions of the accumulated rights and benefits of participants whose marriages have been terminated by a court on or after January 1, 1982.
40.08(1m)(k)1.1. Nothing in this subsection authorizes a court to revise or modify a judgment or order with respect to a final division of property under s. 767.61, in contravention of s. 767.59 (1c) (b).
40.08(1m)(k)2. 2. Notwithstanding subd. 1., a court may revise or modify a judgment or order specified under subd. 1. for participants whose marriages were terminated by a court on or after January 1, 1982, and before April 28, 1990, but only with respect to providing for payment in accordance with a qualified domestic relations order of benefits under the Wisconsin retirement system that are already divided under the judgment or order.
40.08(1r) (1r)Delinquent state tax obligations. Notwithstanding sub. (1) and s. 40.01 (2), the department of revenue may attach any lump sum payment or monthly annuity paid under s. 40.23, 40.24, 40.25 (1) or (2), or 40.63 to satisfy delinquent tax obligations. The board and any member or agent thereof and the department and any employee or agent thereof are immune from civil liability for any act or omission while performing official duties relating to withholding any payment under this subsection.
40.08(1u) (1u)Deferred compensation plan assets. Notwithstanding sub. (1), a participant's accumulated assets held in an account in the deferred compensation plan established under subch. VII may be divided, in the manner provided by the deferred compensation board and under s. 40.80 (2r), pursuant to a domestic relations order, as defined under s. 40.80 (2r) (a).
40.08(2) (2)Insurance premiums.
40.08(2)(a)(a) Insurance premiums shall be deducted from annuities for group insurance benefit plans as provided in s. 40.05 and, with the written consent of the annuitant, for premiums for group life and health insurance plans provided by the city of Milwaukee to former Milwaukee teachers if the annuity is sufficient.
40.08(2)(b) (b) If permitted under a deferred compensation plan established under subch. VII, insurance premiums for health or long-term care insurance coverage for an eligible retired public safety officer may be deducted from an amount distributed under a deferred compensation plan and paid directly to an insurer.
40.08(3) (3)Waivers. Any participant, beneficiary, or distributee of any estate may waive, absolutely and without right of reconsideration or recovery, the right to or the payment of all or any portion of any benefit payable or to become payable under this chapter. The waiver shall be effective 30 days after it is received by the department or on the date specified in the waiver, if earlier. The waiver may be cancelled by the participant, beneficiary, or distributee in writing before the effective date.
40.08(4) (4)Retention of payments. Unless voluntarily repaid and except as limited by sub. (10), the department may retain out of any annuity or benefit an amount as the department in its discretion may determine, for the purpose of reimbursing the appropriate benefit plan accounts for a balance due under s. 40.25 (5) or for any money paid, plus interest at the assumed rate, unless the department sets a different rate by rule, to any person or estate, through misrepresentation, fraud, or error. Upon the request of the department any employer shall withhold from any sum payable by the employer to any person or estate and remit to the department any amount, plus interest at the assumed rate, unless the department sets a different rate by rule, which the department paid to the person or estate through misrepresentation, fraud, or error. Any amount, plus interest at the assumed rate, unless the department sets a different rate by rule, not recovered by the department from the employer may be procured by the department by action brought against the person or estate.
40.08(5) (5)Employer error.
40.08(5)(a)(a) Whenever any sum becomes due to the department from any recipient as the result of incorrect or incomplete reporting by an employer and the sum cannot be recovered from the recipient, then the employer shall be charged with the sum.
40.08(5)(b) (b) Any amount determined to be due under this subsection shall be due with the next payment by the employer under s. 40.06 and shall be subject to the penalties and collection procedures provided in s. 40.06 if not paid when due.
40.08(6) (6)Refunds.
40.08(6)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 20.913, but subject to par. (b), the department may refund any money paid in error to the fund by or on behalf of a person who is not a participant.
40.08(6)(b) (b) The department may not refund any money paid into the fund by an employer, but shall by rule credit the money to the employer.
40.08(6)(c) (c) Except as provided in par. (d), money paid into the fund by an employer on behalf of a participant which exceeds the contribution limits under s. 40.32 may not be refunded to the employer, but the department shall by rule credit the money to the employer and the employer shall pay the participant the amount of the credit as additional wages or salary.
40.08(6)(d) (d) Money paid into the fund by a participant which exceeds the contribution limits under s. 40.32 may be refunded directly to the participant if the department determines that the money was paid on an after-tax basis.
40.08(6)(e) (e) In accordance with rules promulgated by the department, and at the rate of interest established by rule, the department may credit interest on moneys refunded or credited under this subsection.
40.08(7) (7)Overpayments and underpayments.
40.08(7)(a)(a) Any overpayment or underpayment of a lump-sum payment under s. 40.25 or a death benefit which is less than 60% of the amount specified in s. 40.25 (1) (a) rounded to the next highest dollar amount, and any annuity payment error which is less than $2 per month may not be corrected but shall be credited or debited to the employer accumulation reserve or the appropriate insurance account. However, if the amount of unapplied additional contributions would increase an annuity payment by less than $2 but is more than 60% of the amount specified in s. 40.25 (1) (a) rounded to the next highest dollar amount, the unapplied additional contributions shall be paid to the annuitant as a lump sum.
40.08(7)(b) (b) Any overpayment exceeding the limits in par. (a) to a person who cannot be located or which proves to be uncollectible and any underpayment exceeding the limits in par. (a) to a person who cannot be located may be written off 2 years after the underpayment or overpayment is discovered and credited or debited to the employer accumulation reserve or the appropriate insurance account.
40.08(7)(c) (c) If an annuity underpayment exceeding the limits in par. (a) has not been corrected for at least 12 months, the payment to the annuitant to correct the underpayment shall include 0.4% interest on the amount of the underpayment for each full month during the period beginning on the date on which the underpayment occurred and ending on the date on which the underpayment is corrected.
40.08 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. ETF 20.30, Wis. adm. code.
40.08(8) (8)Abandonment.
40.08(8)(a)(a) Benefits provided under this chapter shall be considered abandoned as follows:
40.08(8)(a)1. 1. Any potential primary beneficiary under s. 40.02 (8), other than an estate, who has not applied for any benefit payable under this chapter as a result of the death of the participant and whom the department cannot locate by reasonable efforts, as determined by the department by rule, within one year after the death of the participant shall be presumed to have predeceased the participant and all other potential beneficiaries. Thereafter, if the department is unable to locate any resulting subsequent beneficiary within 6 months, all beneficiaries under s. 40.02 (8) (a) 1. and 2. shall be presumed to have predeceased the participant and the department shall pay all benefits payable under this chapter as a result of the death of the participant to the participant's estate in a lump sum.
40.08(8)(a)2. 2. If an estate that is determined by the department to be a beneficiary is closed prior to the payment of benefits payable under this chapter as a result of the death of the participant and the estate is not reopened within 6 months after the department notifies the estate that a benefit is payable, the benefit shall be considered irrevocably abandoned and shall be transferred to the employer accumulation reserve, unless the estate was the designated beneficiary under s. 40.02 (8) (a) 1.
40.08(8)(a)2m. 2m. If the estate was the designated beneficiary under s. 40.02 (8) (a) 1. and the estate is closed prior to the payment of benefits payable under this chapter as a result of death of the participant and the estate is not reopened within 6 months after the department notifies the estate that a benefit is payable, the department shall pay the benefit to a beneficiary as determined under s. 40.02 (8) (a) 2. If the department is unable to locate any such beneficiary within 6 months, all such beneficiaries shall be presumed to have predeceased the participant and the benefit shall be considered irrevocably abandoned and shall be transferred to the employer accumulation reserve.
40.08(8)(a)3. 3. A participant, other than a participating employee or annuitant, whom the department cannot locate by reasonable efforts, with such efforts beginning by the end of the month in which the participant attains, or would have attained, the age of 65, shall be considered to have abandoned all benefits under the Wisconsin retirement system on the date on which the participant attains, or would have attained, the age of 70. The department shall close the participant's account and shall transfer the moneys in the account to the employer accumulation reserve. The department shall restore the participant's account and shall debit the employer accumulation reserve accordingly if the participant subsequently applies for retirement benefits under this chapter before attaining the age of 80.
40.08(8)(a)4. 4. The former spouse or domestic partner of a participant who is an alternate payee and whom the department cannot locate by reasonable efforts, with such efforts beginning by the end of the month in which the participant attains, or would have attained, the age of 65, shall be considered to have abandoned all benefits under the Wisconsin retirement system on the date on which the participant attains, or would have attained, the age of 70. The department shall close the alternate payee's account and shall transfer the moneys in the account to the employer accumulation reserve. The department shall restore the alternate payee's account and shall debit the employer accumulation reserve accordingly if the alternate payee subsequently applies for retirement benefits under this chapter before the participant attains or would have attained the age of 80.
40.08(8)(a)5. 5. All presumptions under this paragraph are conclusive upon payment of the benefit payable under this chapter as a result of the death of the participant to any qualifying person, estate or entity other than the employer accumulation reserve.
40.08(8)(b) (b) All moneys or credits in an account for a person presumed to have died intestate, without heirs or beneficiary, or to be abandoned by the person under par. (a) shall be applied, at the end of the 5th calendar year in which notice is published under par. (c), to the employer accumulation reserve to reduce future funding requirements.
40.08(8)(c) (c) The department shall publish a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, in the official state paper stating the names of persons presumed to have died intestate, without heirs or beneficiary, or whose accounts are presumed to be abandoned under par. (a), and the fact that a benefit will be paid, if applied for within the time limits under par. (a) and if the participant, alternate payee or other person offers proof satisfactory to the department that the participant, alternate payee or other person is entitled to the benefit. Such proof shall include, but is not limited to, evidence that the participant died and that the person is the beneficiary under s. 40.02 (8).
40.08(8)(d) (d) If any person files a claim within 10 full calendar years after the publication of the notice under par. (c) and furnishes proof of ownership of any amounts in an inactive account the claim shall be paid on the same basis as if no action had been taken under this section. The cost of the benefit shall be charged to the employer account credited under par. (b).
40.08(8)(e) (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of the statutes any account subject to this subsection may, at the discretion of the department, be settled by any heirs of a deceased participant or beneficiary making application, on a form approved by the department, certifying the names of any other persons not known by the applicants to be deceased and known by the applicants to have an equal or superior claim to the account and certifying that the applicants have no knowledge of the whereabouts of any of the persons so named.
40.08(8)(f) (f) Publication under par. (c) is not required if the present value of the benefit to which a person would have been entitled on attainment of age 70 is less than $100, in the calendar year of 1982 or, in each calendar year commencing after January 1, 1982, the applicable amount under this paragraph for the previous calendar year increased by the salary index for that year and ignoring any fraction of a dollar. The provisions of this subsection apply to inactive accounts subject to this paragraph as if publication had been made in the year the person would have attained age 70.
40.08(9) (9)Payments of benefits to minors and individuals found incompetent. In any case in which a benefit amount becomes payable to a minor or to an individual adjudicated incompetent, the department may waive guardianship proceedings, and pay the benefit to the person providing for or caring for the minor, or to the spouse or domestic partner, parent, or other relative by blood or adoption providing for or caring for the individual adjudicated incompetent.
40.08(9m) (9m)Guardians. An application for a benefit, a designation of a beneficiary or any other document which has a long-term effect on a person's rights and benefits under this chapter and which requires a signature may be signed and filed by a guardian of the estate when accompanied by a photocopy or facsimile of an order of guardianship issued by a circuit court judge or a register in probate or a circuit court commissioner who is assigned the authority to issue such orders under s. 851.73 (1) (g).
40.08(10) (10)Limitations on corrections. Service credits granted and contribution, premium and benefit payments made under this chapter are not subject to correction unless correction is requested or made prior to the end of 7 full calendar years after the date of the alleged error or January 1, 1987, whichever is later, unless the alleged error is the result of fraud or unless another limitation is specifically provided by statute. This subsection does not prohibit correction of purely clerical errors in reporting or recording contributions, service and earnings.
40.08(11) (11)Assumed consent. The department, its employees, the fund, the employee trust fund board, the group insurance board and the deferred compensation board are held free from any liability for any money retained or paid in accordance with this section and the employee, participant or beneficiary shall be assumed to have assented and agreed to any disposition under this section of the money due.
40.08(12) (12)Court review. Notwithstanding s. 227.52, any action, decision or determination of the board, the Wisconsin retirement board, the teachers retirement board, the group insurance board or the deferred compensation board in an administrative proceeding shall be reviewable only by an action for certiorari in the circuit court for Dane County that is commenced by any party to the administrative proceeding, including the department, within 30 days after the date on which notice of the action, decision or determination is mailed to that party, and any party to the certiorari proceedings may appeal the decision of that court.
40.08(13) (13)Beneficiary designation. The department may not be required by a court order, or by any other action or proceeding, to enforce or otherwise monitor the beneficiary designation specified in a qualified domestic relations order.
40.08(14) (14)Rollovers to other retirement plans. If a participant who is entitled to receive a lump sum payment or a monthly annuity certain under s. 40.24 (1) (f) for which the participant has specified a term of less than 120 months or an annuity certain of less than 10 years in duration from the Wisconsin retirement system and who has an account established under any other retirement plan located in the United States so directs in writing, on a form prescribed by the department, the department shall pay the lump sum payment or the monthly annuity directly to the participant's account under that other retirement plan for credit under that other retirement plan. The department shall cease payment of the monthly annuity payments to the annuitant's account under the other retirement plan within 30 days of the written request of the annuitant or written notice of the annuitant's death. 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.
40.08 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. ETF 52.20, Wis. adm. code.
40.08 Annotation The limitation period under sub. (10) runs from the date on which benefits are calculated and paid to a plan participant. Benson v. Gates, 188 Wis. 2d 389, 525 N.W.2d 278 (Ct. App. 1994).
40.08 Annotation Whatever effect the Marital Property Act, ch. 766, may have with respect to property rights between spouses, it has no effect on the Board's determination of a beneficiary under ch. 40. Jackson v. Employee Trust Funds Board, 230 Wis. 2d 677, 602 N.W.2d 543 (Ct. App. 1999), 98-3063.
40.08 Annotation The board's consistent interpretation of "Mr. & Mrs." beneficiary designations as relating to the identity of the beneficiary on the date of the designation was reasonable. Jackson v. Employee Trust Funds Board, 230 Wis. 2d 677, 602 N.W.2d 543 (Ct. App. 1999), 98-3063.
40.08 Annotation Sub. (1) does not permit the division of a deferred compensation account pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order. Preiss v. Preiss, 2000 WI App 185, 238 Wis. 2d 368, 617 N.W.2d 514, 99-3261.
40.08 Annotation An appeal to the board was an inadequate remedy under the facts of the case because the board does not have the statutory authority to award interest on delayed benefit payments based either on a claim of unjust enrichment or a takings claim under Art. I, s. 13. The doctrine of exhaustion of administrative remedies did not require an appeal of the department's dismissal of the claim to the board before filing a court action. Fazio v. Department of Employee Trust Funds, 2002 WI App 127, 255 Wis. 2d 801, 645 N.W.2d 618, 01-2595.
40.08 AnnotationAffirmed on other grounds. 2006 WI 7, 287 Wis. 2d 106, 708 N.W.2d 326, 04-0064.
40.19 40.19 Rights preserved.
40.19(1)(1) Rights exercised and benefits accrued to an employee under this chapter for service rendered shall be due as a contractual right and shall not be abrogated by any subsequent legislative act. The right of the state to amend or repeal, by enactment of statutory changes, all or any part of this chapter at any time, however, is reserved by the state and there shall be no right to further accrual of benefits nor to future exercise of rights for service rendered after the effective date of any amendment or repeal deleting the statutory authorization for the benefits or rights. This section shall not be interpreted as preventing the state from requiring forfeiture of specific rights and benefits as a condition for receiving subsequently enacted rights and benefits of equal or greater value to the participant.
40.19(2) (2) Any person, or if the person dies prior to applying for a benefit then any beneficiary of that person, who is a participant in the Wisconsin retirement fund or a member of either the state teachers retirement system or the Milwaukee teachers retirement fund on the day prior to January 1, 1982, and who becomes a participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement system may request, prior to application for any benefit from the system, that the amount of and eligibility for benefits from the Wisconsin retirement system be determined in accord with the laws in effect on that date but the election shall be totally in lieu of any benefit amount or eligibility provided by this act or any subsequent act.
40.19(2m) (2m) Any person who is a participant in the Wisconsin retirement system before March 9, 1984, and who is not subsequently a participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement system shall continue to have the amount of, and eligibility for, the person's benefits determined in accordance with the statutes in effect on the date the person terminated as a participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement system, but the form of payment, processing procedures and accounting controls shall be determined in accordance with this chapter.
40.19(3) (3) Any person who is a participant in the Wisconsin retirement fund or a member of either the state teachers retirement system or the Milwaukee teachers retirement fund prior to January 1, 1982, and who does not subsequently become a participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement system, shall continue, except as provided in s. 40.08 (8), to have the amount of and eligibility for the person's benefits determined in accord with the statutes in effect on the date the person terminated as a participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement fund or as an active member of the state teachers retirement system or Milwaukee teachers retirement fund, but the form of payment, processing procedures and accounting controls shall be determined in accord with this chapter.
40.19(4) (4)
40.19(4)(a)(a) The department shall assume, and be responsible for, all authority previously exercised by village or city officials relative to pension funds and benefits provided under s. 61.65, 1975 stats., and s. 62.13 (9), (9a) and (10), 1975 stats., except the governing body of the employer shall exercise the authority provided under the first sentence of s. 62.13 (9) (c) 3., 1975 stats.
40.19(4)(b) (b) The liabilities of each pension fund terminated by chapter 182, laws of 1977, shall be accounted for and paid by the Wisconsin retirement system in accord with procedures set forth in this subsection.
40.19(4)(c) (c) Each employee subject to par. (g) shall make contributions to the Wisconsin retirement system in an amount equal to 4% of salary.
40.19(4)(d) (d) Each employer affected by this subsection shall reimburse the Wisconsin retirement system for all payments made under par. (f) or (g) as a result of employment with that employer. Payments made under s. 40.27 are not included as payments for which the Wisconsin retirement system is to be reimbursed. The reimbursements due from the employer under this paragraph shall be offset by application of contributions made under par. (c), applied by the department at times determined by it, and by any contributions made under s. 41.60 (2) (a) 1. and 2., 1977 stats., which have not been applied prior to January 1, 1982.
40.19(4)(e) (e) All amounts due under this subsection shall be paid in accordance with procedures established by the department.
40.19(4)(f) (f) Each benefit being paid under s. 61.65, 1975 stats., or s. 62.13 (9), (9a) or (10), 1975 stats., on March 30, 1978, shall be continued in full force and effect, on the terms and conditions under which the benefit was originally granted, regardless of whether the granting was in accordance with the law then in effect, but after January 1, 1982 each benefit shall be paid by the Wisconsin retirement system and if all or a portion of the benefit was in accord with the law then in effect, that portion of the benefit shall be subject to s. 40.27 (1). No supplemental benefit shall be paid under s. 40.27 (1) with respect to any portion of a benefit which was not granted in accordance with the law then in effect.
40.19(4)(g) (g) After January 1, 1982, each member of a pension fund created under s. 61.65, 1975 stats., or s. 62.13 (9), (9a) or (10), 1975 stats., who was an actively employed member of that fund on March 30, 1978, shall continue to have benefits and obligations determined in accordance with the applicable provisions of s. 61.65, 1975 stats., or s. 62.13 (9), (9a) or (10), 1975 stats., but paid by the Wisconsin retirement system, except that for any member whose employment terminates after March 9, 1984, the monthly pension shall equal 55% of the member's monthly compensation. The provisions of s. 40.23 (1) (f) relating to compulsory retirement shall not apply to those actively employed members.
40.19(4)(h) (h) This subsection does not apply to any pension fund operated by a 1st class city in accordance with s. 62.13 (10) (h), 1975 stats.
40.19(5) (5) For the purpose of complying with section 401 (a) (7) of the Internal Revenue Code, a participant shall be 100 percent vested in, and have a nonforfeitable right to, his or her retirement benefits upon attaining eligibility for the retirement benefits. A participant shall also be 100 percent vested in, and have a nonforfeitable right to, his or her accumulated employee contributions at all times. In the event of a termination of, or a complete discontinuance of employer contributions to the Wisconsin retirement system, a participant shall be 100 percent vested in, and have a nonforfeitable right to, his or her accrued retirement benefits. All such benefits are nonforfeitable to the extent funded. For the purpose of complying with section 401 (a) (8) of the Internal Revenue Code, any forfeitures of benefits by participants or former participants of the Wisconsin retirement system may not be used to pay benefit increases.
40.19 Annotation All participants who have benefits accrued are protected by sub. (1) from the abrogation of those benefits unless the benefits are replaced by benefits of equal or greater value. Statutory changes to ch. 40 may be made as long as accrued benefits are not abrogated. Nonstatutory distributions made by 1999 Wis. Act 11 did not abrogate accrued benefits nor did they violate the constitutional protections against the taking of property or impairment of contract. Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Inc. v. Lightbourn, 2001 WI 59, 243 Wis. 2d 512, 627 N.W.2d 80, 99-3297.
subch. II of ch. 40 SUBCHAPTER II
WISCONSIN RETIREMENT SYSTEM
40.20 40.20 Creation. A Wisconsin retirement system is created, including the benefits provided by this subchapter, the disability annuities provided by s. 40.63 and the death benefits provided by ss. 40.71 and 40.73. For purposes of determining an employee's eligibility for social security coverage only, the former state teachers retirement system and Milwaukee teachers retirement fund and the local police and fire pension funds established under s. 61.65 (1), (6) and (7), 1975 stats., and s. 62.13 (9) (e), (9a) and (10) (f) and (g), 1975 stats., shall continue to be considered separate retirement systems but for all other purposes the Wisconsin retirement system is a continuation of the Wisconsin retirement fund.
40.20 History History: 1981 c. 96; 1987 a. 403 s. 256.
40.21 40.21 Participating employers.
40.21(1) (1) Any employer shall be included within and thereafter subject to the provisions of the Wisconsin retirement system by so electing, through adoption of a resolution by the governing body of the employer. If the official notice of election to be included has been received by the department on or before November 15 the effective date of participation of the employer shall be the ensuing January 1. If the department receives the notice of election after November 15 the effective date shall be the January 1 after the ensuing January 1.
40.21(1m) (1m) Notwithstanding sub. (1), if the governing body of a federated public library system, established under s. 43.19, whose territory lies within a single county with a population of 500,000 or more adopts a resolution to become a participating employer, the effective date shall be June 1, 1994.
40.21(2) (2) Any employer who elected or was required to participate in the Wisconsin retirement fund under s. 41.05, 1979 stats., shall be included in the Wisconsin retirement system on the same basis as the employer was included in the Wisconsin retirement fund.
40.21(3) (3) Every employer authorized by law to employ or pay the salaries of teachers, who is not otherwise a participating employer, is a participating employer with respect to teacher employees only.
40.21(3m) (3m) A city-county health department that is established under s. 251.02 (1m), that is subject to s. 251.02 (1r), and that is not otherwise a participating employer, is a participating employer with respect to its employees who are included in a collective bargaining unit for which a representative is recognized or certified under subch. IV of ch. 111 and is not required to adopt a resolution electing to participate in the Wisconsin retirement system or provide notice of such election to the department under sub. (1).
40.21(4) (4) Every city or village which was subject to s. 61.65, 1975 stats., and s. 62.13, 1975 stats., on or before March 30, 1978, except a city of the 1st class, which is not otherwise a participating employer, is a participating employer but only with respect to present and future employees of its police and fire departments specified by s. 61.65 (6) and (7), 1975 stats., and s. 62.13 (9) (e), (9a) and (10) (f) and (g), 1975 stats.
40.21(5) (5) Whenever any employer is created, the territory of which includes more than one-half of the last assessed valuation of an employer which at the time of creation was a participating employer on a basis other than that specified in sub. (3) or (4) and the employer so created assumes the functions and responsibilities of the previous employer with respect to the territory, then the employer so created shall automatically be a participating employer from its inception, but no prior service credits shall be provided for any personnel of the employer unless the new participating employer adopts a resolution as provided in sub. (1). If a resolution is adopted, no employee shall receive prior service credit for any period of service which was previously covered by a retirement system.
40.21(6) (6)
40.21(6)(a)(a) Any employer electing to be included within the provisions of the Wisconsin retirement system in accordance with this section may in the resolution and in the certified notice of election recognize 100%, 75%, 50%, 25% or none of the prior creditable service of its employees earned by the employees while employed by the employer, if the same percentage of each employee's prior creditable service is recognized.
40.21(6)(b) (b) Any employer which recognizes less than all of the prior creditable service of its employees under par. (a) may adopt another resolution as provided in this section, increasing, for each person who is still a participating employee on the effective date of the increase determined under this section, the percentage of the employee's prior creditable service which is recognized to one of the higher levels provided by par. (a) provided the accumulated percentage does not exceed 100%.
40.21(6)(c) (c) Whenever the percentage of recognized prior creditable service is increased as provided in par. (b), the employer contributions computed under s. 40.05 (2) shall be increased to reflect the value of the increased prior creditable service being granted, amortized over the remainder of the funding period provided for prior creditable service costs of that employer.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Sept. 3, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Sept. 3, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-3-14)