40.25(3) (3) Upon administrative approval of payment of an amount under either sub. (1) or (2), the participant's account shall be closed and there shall be no further right, interest or claim on the part of the former participant to any benefit from the Wisconsin retirement system except as provided by sub. (5) and s. 40.285 (2) (a). Any former participant who is subsequently employed by any participating employer shall be treated as a new participating employee for all purposes of this chapter. New accumulations of contributions and credits and the computation of any future benefits shall bear no relationship to any accumulations and credits paid as single sums under sub. (1) or (2).
40.25(3m) (3m) A participant's application for a lump sum payment under sub. (1) (b) or (2), filed after May 7, 1994, shall be signed by both the participant and the participant's spouse or domestic partner, if the participant has been married to that spouse, or in a domestic partnership with that domestic partner, for at least one year immediately preceding the date the application is filed. The department may promulgate rules that allow for the waiver of the requirements of this subsection for a situation in which, by reason of absence or incompetency, the spouse's or domestic partner's signature may not be obtained. This subsection does not apply to any benefits paid from accumulated additional contributions.
40.25(4) (4) If all the requirements for payment of a retirement annuity or a separation benefit are met, except filing of an application, a participant may elect that the accumulation from the participant's additional contributions made under s. 40.05 (1) (a) 5. be paid as a lump sum in lieu of an annuity from those additional contributions.
40.25(5) (5)
40.25(5)(a)(a) Rights and creditable service forfeited under sub. (3) or s. 40.04 (4) (a) 3. shall be reestablished if the participant receives the benefit resulting in the forfeiture after being discharged and is subsequently reinstated to a position with the participating employer by court order, arbitration award or compromise settlement as a result of an appeal of the discharge.
40.25(5)(b) (b) The full amount of the benefit paid, plus interest at the assumed rate, unless the department sets a different rate by rule, shall be repaid to the Wisconsin retirement system by the employer of an employee whose rights and creditable service are reestablished under par. (a) within 60 days after the effective date of the employee's reinstatement. The amount repaid by the employer under this paragraph shall be deducted by the employer from any payment due the employee as a result of the resolution of the appeal or, if that amount is insufficient, the balance shall be deducted from the employee's earnings except the amount deducted from each earnings payment shall be not less than 10% nor more than 25% of the earnings payment. If the employee terminates employment the employer shall notify the department of the amount not yet repaid, including any interest due, at the same time it notifies the department of the termination of employment, and the department shall repay to the employer the balance of the amount due from retentions made under s. 40.08 (4). The employer may charge interest at a rate not in excess of the current year's assumed rate on any amount unpaid at the end of any calendar year after the year of reinstatement.
40.26 40.26 Reentry into service.
40.26(1) (1) Except as provided in sub. (1m) and ss. 40.05 (2) (g) 2. and 40.23 (1) (am), if a participant receiving a retirement annuity, or a disability annuitant who has attained his or her normal retirement date, receives earnings that are subject to s. 40.05 (1) or that would be subject to s. 40.05 (1) except for the exclusion specified in s. 40.22 (2) (L), the annuity shall be suspended, including any amount provided by additional contributions, and no annuity payment shall be payable after the month in which the participant files with the department a written election to be included within the provisions of the Wisconsin retirement system as a participating employee.
40.26(1m) (1m)
40.26(1m)(a)(a) If a participant receiving a retirement annuity, or a disability annuitant who has attained his or her normal retirement date, is employed in a position in covered employment in which he or she is expected to work at least two-thirds of what is considered full-time employment by the department, as determined under s. 40.22 (2r), the participant's annuity shall be suspended and no annuity payment shall be payable until after the participant terminates covered employment.
40.26(1m)(b) (b) If a participant receiving a retirement annuity, or a disability annuitant who has attained his or her normal retirement date, enters into a contract to provide employee services with a participating employer and he or she is expected to work at least two-thirds of what is considered full-time employment by the department, as determined under s. 40.22 (2r), the participant's annuity shall be suspended and no annuity payment shall be payable until after the participant no longer provides employee services under the contract.
40.26(2) (2) Upon suspension of an annuity under sub. (1) or (1m), the retirement account of the participant whose annuity is so suspended shall be established on the following basis:
40.26(2)(b) (b) Crediting of amounts under suspended annuity. The amount of the annuity payments which would have been paid under the suspended annuity, from the original annuity suspension date to the subsequent retirement date, shall be credited to a memorandum account which is subject to ss. 40.04 (4) (a) 2., 2g. and 2m. and 40.08 (1m).
40.26(2)(c) (c) Establishment of subsequent retirement account. Upon becoming a participating employee, a subsequent retirement account shall be established, including any amounts in a memorandum account under par. (b), crediting of interest, and any contributions made and creditable service earned during the subsequent participating employment.
40.26(3) (3) Upon subsequent retirement and application for an annuity, the suspended annuity shall be reinstated and the subsequent annuity of a former annuitant shall be computed as an original annuity, based upon the participant's attained age on the effective date of the subsequent annuity, in an optional form as elected by the participant under s. 40.24. The subsequent annuity shall be initiated at the same time the suspended annuity is reinstated.
40.26(5) (5) If a participant applies for an annuity or lump sum payment during the period in which less than 75 days have elapsed between the termination of employment with a participating employer and becoming a participating employee with any participating employer, all of the following shall apply:
40.26(5)(a) (a) The participant shall not qualify for an annuity under s. 40.23 (1) (a) 1.
40.26(5)(b) (b) The participant may not receive any benefit under this chapter on which the receipt of an annuity is a condition.
40.26(5)(c) (c) Any annuity or lump sum payment made to the participant shall be considered to have been made in error and is subject to s. 40.08 (4). The sum of the payments made in error shall be credited to a memorandum account. The memorandum account is subject to s. 40.04 (4) (a) 2., 2g. and 2m. and (c). If the annuity was recomputed under s. 40.08 (1m), the memorandum account established under this paragraph shall be adjusted pursuant to s. 40.08 (1m) (f) 2. The retirement account of a participant paid in error, and whose annuity was terminated, shall be reestablished as if the terminated annuity had never been effective, including the crediting of interest.
40.27 40.27 Post-retirement adjustments.
40.27(1) (1) Supplemental benefits. Any person who received a supplemental benefit under s. 41.23, 1979 stats., s. 42.49 (10), 1979 stats., or s. 42.82, 1979 stats., is eligible to continue receiving a supplemental benefit in the amounts determined under s. 41.23, 1979 stats., s. 42.49 (10), 1979 stats., or s. 42.82, 1979 stats. Any portion of a benefit payable under s. 40.19 (4) (f) which was not granted in accordance with the law in effect at the time of the granting shall not be subject to this subsection and shall not be eligible for a supplemental benefit.
40.27(1)(a) (a) Any benefit payable by virtue of this subsection in excess of the amounts payable under other provisions of this chapter shall be paid from and shall be subject to the continuation of the appropriation made by s. 20.515 (1) (a).
40.27(1)(b) (b) Determinations of eligibility and the amount of any payment to be made under this subsection or sub. (1m) or (3) shall be made by the department, and shall be certified by the department for payment in the same manner as for payments from the Wisconsin retirement system.
40.27(1)(c) (c) No payment shall be made under this subsection or sub. (1m) or (3), nor shall any right accrue under this subsection or sub. (1m) or (3), for or after any month following termination of the annuity on which the supplement was based.
40.27(1)(d) (d) Benefits under this subsection and subs. (1m) and (3) shall be payable to the surviving beneficiary, who receives an annuity, of eligible persons.
40.27(1m) (1m)Additional supplemental benefits. Any person who received an annuity for September 1974 from the Wisconsin retirement system shall be eligible to receive all of the following:
40.27(1m)(a) (a) The monthly annuities for which that person was eligible and which that person received for September 1974.
40.27(1m)(b) (b) An amount to be paid from the appropriation account under s. 20.515 (1) (a), subject to the continuation of that appropriation, equal to 4% times 5 years times either $200 or the initial monthly annuity, excluding amounts provided from additional deposits, whichever is smaller.
40.27(1m)(c) (c) Any supplement for which that person is eligible under sub. (1) and s. 41.23, 1979 stats., s. 42.49 (10), 1979 stats., or s. 42.82, 1979 stats.
40.27(2) (2)Core annuity reserve surplus distributions. Surpluses in the core annuity reserve established under s. 40.04 (6) and (7) shall be distributed by the board if the distribution will result in at least a 0.5 percent increase in the amount of annuities in force, except as otherwise provided by the department by rule, on recommendation of the actuary, as follows:
40.27(2)(a) (a) The distributions shall be expressed as percentage increases in the amount of the monthly annuity in force, including prior distributions of surpluses but not including any amount paid from funds other than the core annuity reserve fund, preceding the effective date of the distribution. For purposes of this subsection, annuities in force include any disability annuity suspended because the earnings limitation had been exceeded by that annuitant in that year.
40.27(2)(b) (b) Prorated percentages based on the annuity effective date may be applied to annuities with effective dates during the calendar year preceding the effective date of the distribution, as provided by rule, but no other distinction may be made among the various types of annuities payable from the core annuity reserve.
40.27(2)(c) (c) The distributions shall not be offset against any other benefit being received but shall be paid in full, nor shall any other benefit being received be reduced by the distributions. The annuity reserve surplus distributions authorized under this subsection may be revoked by the board in part or in total as to future payments upon recommendation of the actuary if a deficit occurs in the core annuity reserves and such deficit would result in a 0.5 percent or greater decrease in the amount of annuities in force, except as otherwise provided by the department by rule.
40.27(2)(d) (d) Notwithstanding s. 40.03 (2) (i), (7) (d), and (8) (d), the department may promulgate rules under this subsection without the approval of the teachers retirement board and the Wisconsin retirement board.
40.27(3) (3)Additional supplemental benefit adjustment. Beginning on November 1, 1997, any person who is eligible to receive supplemental benefits under subs. (1) and (1m) shall be eligible to receive an additional supplemental benefit, to be paid from the appropriation account under s. 20.515 (1) (a), in an amount equal to the amount by which the supplemental benefits paid under subs. (1) and (1m) are exceeded by the supplemental benefit that the person was eligible to receive on October 1, 1997, from the distribution paid under s. 40.04 (3) (e) 1. c., 1995 stats., as affected by adjustments under sub. (2) made after 1987, less any increase to the person's base annuity under this chapter that results from any equitable distribution made by the board under the judgment in Wisconsin Retired Teachers Ass'n v. Employee Trust Funds Bd., 207 Wis. 2d 1 (1997), without regard to adjustments to sub. (2).
40.27 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. ETF 20.25, Wis. adm. code.
40.28 40.28 Variable benefits.
40.28(1)(1) Any annuity provided to a participant whose accounts include credits segregated for a variable annuity shall consist of a core annuity and a variable annuity.
40.28(1)(a) (a) The initial amount of the variable annuity shall be the amount which can be provided on the basis of the actuarial tables in effect on the effective date of the annuity by the following amounts, if otherwise available:
40.28(1)(a)1. 1. The amount of the additional contribution accumulations reserved for a variable annuity as of the date the annuity begins;
40.28(1)(a)2. 2. The amount equal to 200% of employee required contribution accumulations reserved for a variable annuity as of the date the annuity begins; and
40.28(1)(a)3. 3. The amount equal, as of the date the annuity begins, to the accumulated prior service credits reserved for the participant for a variable annuity within the employer accumulation account, together with the net gain or loss credited to the accumulations.
40.28(1)(b) (b) The initial amount of the core annuity shall be the excess of the total annuity payable, as determined under s. 40.23, over the amount of the variable annuity.
40.28(2) (2) Whenever the balance in the variable annuity reserve, as of December 31 of any year, exceeds or is less than the then present value of all variable annuities in force, determined in accordance with the rate of interest and approved actuarial tables then in effect, by at least 2% of the present value of all variable annuities in force, the amount of each variable annuity payment shall be proportionately increased or decreased, disregarding fractional percentages, and effective on a date determined by rule, so as to reduce the variance between the balance of the variable annuity reserve and the present value of variable annuities to less than one percent.
40.28(3) (3) Except as otherwise specifically provided, benefits based on variable accumulations shall be determined on the same basis and paid in the same manner and at the same time as benefits based on accumulations not so segregated insofar as practicable considering the nature of variable annuities.
40.28 History History: 1981 c. 96; 2005 a. 153.
40.28 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. ETF 20.25, Wis. adm. code.
40.285 40.285 Purchase of creditable service.
40.285(1) (1) General requirements.
40.285(1)(a)(a) Deadline for purchase of creditable service. An application to purchase creditable service must be received by the department, on a form provided by the department, from an applicant who is a participating employee on the day that the department receives the application.
40.285(1)(b) (b) Calculation of creditable service. Creditable service purchased under this section shall be calculated in an amount equal to the year and fractions of a year to the nearest one-hundredth of a year.
40.285(1)(c) (c) Use of creditable service. Credit for service purchased under this section is added to a participant's total creditable service, but may not be treated as service for a particular annual earnings period and does not confer any other rights or benefits.
40.285(1)(d) (d) Applicability of Internal Revenue Code. The crediting of service under this section is subject to any applicable limit or requirement under the Internal Revenue Code.
40.285(2) (2)Conditions for the purchase of different types of creditable service.
40.285(2)(a)(a) Forfeited service.
40.285(2)(a)1.1. A participating employee may purchase creditable service forfeited in the manner specified in subd. 2., subject to all of the following:
40.285(2)(a)1.a. a. The participating employee must have at least 3 continuous years of creditable service at the time of application to purchase the creditable service.
40.285(2)(a)1.b. b. The number of years that may be purchased may not be greater than the accumulated current creditable service of the participating employee at the date of application, excluding all creditable service purchased under this section or s. 40.02 (17) (b), 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.02 (17) (e), 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.02 (17) (i), 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.02 (17) (k), 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.25 (6), 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., or s. 40.25 (7), 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., less the number of years of creditable service previously purchased under this paragraph or s. 40.25 (6), 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats.
40.285(2)(a)1.c. c. The participating employee pays to the fund an amount equal to the employee's statutory contribution on earnings under s. 40.05 (1) (a) for each year of forfeited service to be purchased, based upon the participating employee's final average earnings, determined as if the employee had retired on the first day of the annual earnings period during which the department receives the application. The amount payable shall be paid in a lump sum payment, except as provided in sub. (4) (b), and no employer may pay any amount payable on behalf of a participating employee.
40.285(2)(a)1.d. d. Upon receipt by the fund of the total payment required under this subdivision, the creditable service meeting the conditions and requirements of this paragraph shall be credited to the account of the participating employee making the payment.
40.285(2)(a)2. 2. Creditable service may be purchased under this paragraph if it was forfeited as a result of any of the following:
40.285(2)(a)2.a. a. Payment of an amount under s. 40.25 (2).
40.285(2)(a)2.b. b. The receipt of a separation or withdrawal benefit under the applicable laws and rules in effect prior to January 1, 1982.
40.285(2)(a)2.c. c. Payment of an amount under s. 40.25 (2m), 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997 stats.
40.285(2)(a)3. 3. Unless otherwise provided by the department by rule, a participating employee may not purchase creditable service under this paragraph more than 2 times in any calendar year.
40.285(2)(b) (b) Other governmental service.
40.285(2)(b)1.1. Each participating employee who has performed service as an employee of the federal government or a state or local governmental entity in the United States, other than a participating employer, that is located within or outside of this state, or each participating employee whose creditable service terminates on or after May 4, 1994, and who has performed service as an employee for an employer who was not at the time a participating employer but who subsequently became a participating employer, may receive creditable service for such service if all of the following occur:
40.285(2)(b)1.a. a. The participant has at least 3 continuous years of creditable service at the time of application.
40.285(2)(b)1.b. b. The number of years of creditable service applied for under this paragraph does not exceed the number of years of creditable service that the participant has at the date of application, excluding all creditable service purchased under this section or s. 40.02 (17) (b), 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.02 (17) (e), 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.02 (17) (i), 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.02 (17) (k), 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., s. 40.25 (6), 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., or s. 40.25 (7), 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats., less the number of years of creditable service previously purchased under this paragraph or s. 40.25 (7), 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 stats.
40.285(2)(b)1.c. c. At the time of application, the participant furnishes evidence of such service that is acceptable to the department.
40.285(2)(b)1.d. d. Except as provided in sub. (4) (b), at the time of application, the participant pays to the department a lump sum equal to the present value of the creditable service applied for under this paragraph, in accordance with rates actuarially determined to be sufficient to fund the cost of the increased benefits that will result from granting the creditable service under this paragraph. The department shall by rule establish different rates for different categories of participants, based on factors recommended by the actuary.
40.285(2)(b)1.e. e. If the participating employee is applying to receive creditable service for service in the U.S. armed forces or national guard, the participating employee must have been discharged from the U.S. armed forces or national guard under honorable or general conditions.
40.285(2)(b)2. 2. The creditable service granted under this paragraph shall be the same type of creditable service as the type that is granted to participants who are not executive participating employees, elected officials, or protective occupation participants.
40.285(2)(b)3. 3. A participating employee may apply to receive part or all of the creditable service that he or she is eligible to receive under this paragraph.
40.285(2)(b)4. 4. A participant may not receive creditable service under this paragraph for service that is used for the purpose of establishing entitlement to, or the amount of, any other benefit to be paid by any federal, state, or local government entity, except for the following:
40.285(2)(b)4.a. a. A disability or OASDHI benefit.
40.285(2)(b)4.b. b. A benefit under the retired pay for nonregular military service program under 10 USC 12731 to 12740.
40.285(2)(b)4.c. c. A benefit paid for service in the national guard.
40.285(2)(b)5. 5. Unless otherwise provided by the department by rule, a participating employee may not purchase creditable service under this paragraph more than 2 times in any calendar year.
40.285(2)(c) (c) Uncredited elected official and executive participating employee service. Each executive participating employee whose creditable service terminates on or after May 3, 1988, and each participating employee who is a present or former elected official or an appointee of a present or former elected official and who did not receive creditable service under s. 40.02 (17) (e), 1987 stats., or s. 40.02 (17) (e), 1989 stats., and whose creditable service terminates on or after August 15, 1991, who was previously in the position of the president of the University of Wisconsin System or in a position designated under s. 20.923 (4), (8), or (9), but did not receive creditable service because of age restrictions, may receive creditable service equal to the period of executive service not credited if the participant pays to the department a lump sum payment equal to 5.5% of one-twelfth of the employee's highest earnings in a single annual earnings period multiplied by the number of months of creditable service granted under this paragraph.
40.285(2)(d) (d) Qualifying service. Each participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement system whose creditable service terminates on or after January 1, 1982, who was previously a participant in the Wisconsin retirement fund and who has not received a separation benefit may receive creditable service equal to the period of service during any qualifying period under s. 41.02 (6) (c), 1969 stats., s. 66.901 (4) (d), 1967 stats., or under any predecessor statute, but not to exceed 6 months. The additional creditable service shall be granted upon application by the employee if the applicant pays to the department a lump sum payment equal to 5% of one-twelfth of the employee's highest earnings in a single annual earnings period multiplied by the number of months of creditable service granted under this paragraph.
40.285(2)(e) (e) Teacher improvement leave. Each participating employee in the Wisconsin retirement system whose creditable service terminates on or after April 25, 1990, and whose earnings include compensation for teacher improvement leave granted by the board of regents of the Wisconsin State Colleges during the period beginning on January 1, 1964, and ending on August 31, 1967, in a written and satisfied contract, may receive creditable service for the period for which those earnings were received in an amount not to exceed one year if all of the following apply:
40.285(2)(e)1. 1. The participant meets the requirements of this paragraph and submits an application to the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
40.285(2)(e)2. 2. The board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System certifies the creditable service requested under subd. 1.
40.285(2)(e)3. 3. The participant pays to the department a lump sum equal to 5% of one-twelfth of the employee's highest earnings in a single annual earnings period multiplied by the number of months of creditable service that is granted under this paragraph.
40.285(2)(e)4. 4. The employer does not pay any amount payable under this paragraph on behalf of any participating employee.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)