ETF 20.19(7)(a)(a) When a participant's account is reestablished under s. 40.63 (10), Stats., if the participant is a participating employee after December 31, 1999, all creditable service that is considered to be performed before January 1, 2000 under this section and under s. 40.23 (2m) (em), Stats., shall be considered to be performed before January 1, 2000, for any subsequent benefit calculations.
ETF 20.19(8) (8)Creditable service divided per a qualified domestic relations order.
ETF 20.19(8)(a)(a) The percentage of a participant's account that is awarded to an alternate payee in qualified domestic relations order under s. 40.08 (1m), Stats., shall be applied equally to the creditable service considered to be performed both before January 1, 2000 and the service considered to be performed after December 31, 1999, which is credited or creditable to the participant's account as of the decree date.
ETF 20.19(8)(b) (b) The percentage of a participant's account that is awarded to an alternate payee in a qualified domestic relations order under s. 40.08 (1m), Stats., shall be applied equally to the creditable military service considered to be performed both before January 1, 2000 and the creditable military service considered to be performed after December 31, 1999, date for which the participant would be eligible based on the years of service that are credited or creditable to the participant's account as of the decree date. Creditable service performed after the decree date does not increase the amount of creditable military service that is awarded to the alternate payee.
ETF 20.19 History History: CR 00-022: cr. Register July 2001, No. 547 eff. 8-1-01; corrections in (2) (e), (f), (h) and (i) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2004 No. 577; CR 07-062: am. (2) (b), (d) and (3) (d) 2., r. and recr. (2) (c), cr. (2) (dm) Register June 2008 No. 630, eff. 7-1-08; CR 11-040: am. (3) (a), r. (3) (b) Register July 2012 No. 679, eff. 8-1-12; renum. (3) (a) to (3) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register July 2012 No. 679.
ETF 20.20 ETF 20.20 Cancellation of application for retirement annuity, separation or lump sum benefit.
ETF 20.20(1) (1) Any separation, retirement or lump sum benefit payment application canceled pursuant to this section shall have no force or effect, and any subsequent application shall be treated as a new application. Repayment in full of any sum paid under the application for which cancellation is sought shall be required. The employer may not make this payment on behalf of the recipient of the benefit.
ETF 20.20(2) (2) A request to cancel an application under this section shall be in writing. The request to cancel shall be rejected unless received by the department by the close of regular office hours on the last working day prior to the applicable deadline under sub. (3) or (4). If the deadline specified under sub. (3) or (4) falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday under s. 230.35 (4) (a), Stats., the request to cancel shall be timely only if received in the department by the close of regular office hours on the last working day preceding the Saturday, Sunday or holiday.
ETF 20.20 Note Example: If the date the account will be debited in response to the application falls on a Monday which is not a holiday, then the request to cancel must be received by the department no later than 4:30 p.m. on the preceding Friday, the last working day prior to the debiting date. If that Monday were a holiday, the debiting date would be Tuesday, the next working day as provided by s. ETF 10.633 (3), but the deadline for cancelling the application would remain Friday, the last working day preceding the debiting date.
ETF 20.20(3) (3) An application for a separation benefit under s. 40.25 (2), Stats., shall be canceled if:
ETF 20.20(3)(a) (a) The applicant's written request for cancellation is received by the department no later than the close of the department's regular office hours on the last working day before the participant's account in the employee accumulation reserve is debited for funding the benefit as provided by s. ETF 10.633 (1) (c).
ETF 20.20(3)(b) (b) The applicant becomes a participating employee within 30 days after the application was received by the department.
ETF 20.20(3)(c) (c) The applicant dies prior to the date of the separation benefit check.
ETF 20.20(4) (4) An application for a retirement annuity under s. 40.23 or 40.24, Stats., or s. ETF 20.04, or a lump sum payment under s. 40.25 (1) or (4), Stats., shall be canceled if the participant's written request for cancellation is received by the department no later than the close of the department's regular office hours on the last day before the participant's account in the employee accumulation reserve is debited for funding the benefit as provided by s. ETF 10.633 (1) (a) or (c) for retirement annuities or lump sum payments, respectively.
ETF 20.20 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1983, No. 328, eff. 5-1-83; am. (3) (intro.), Register, October, 1992, No. 442, eff. 11-1-92; am. (1), (2), (3) (intro.) and (a) and (4), Register, January, 1996, No. 481, eff. 2-1-96; correction in (3) (intro.) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, July, 1999, No. 523.
ETF 20.21 ETF 20.21 Changing annuity effective dates. An annuity effective date shall not be changed after the effective date of the annuity unless the applicant's written request for the change is received by the department within 60 days after the date on which the first annuity check, share draft or other draft is issued or funds are otherwise transferred.
ETF 20.21 Note Note: This rule (CR 09-057) codifies the department's use of a deadline pertaining to annuity effective date changes and makes that deadline consistent with the deadline for annuity option changes in s. 40.24 (4), Stats.
ETF 20.21 History History: CR 09-057: cr. Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10.
ETF 20.23 ETF 20.23 Adjusting annuities for equity after reentry into service.
ETF 20.23(1)(1) Pursuant to s. 40.03 (1) (a), Stats., in determining the monthly amount of a recomputed annuity in the normal form under s. 40.26 (3), Stats., the applicant's estimated social security benefit shall not be greater than the amount determined by:
ETF 20.23(1)(a) (a) Dividing the creditable service earned prior to the effective date of the prior annuity by the participant's total creditable service.
ETF 20.23(1)(b) (b) Dividing the final average earnings determined for the new annuity computation by the final average earnings determined in computing the prior annuity.
ETF 20.23(1)(c) (c) Multiplying the result in par. (a) times the result in par. (b) times the social security benefit amount used in determining the amount of the prior annuity.
ETF 20.23(1)(d) (d) Dividing the creditable service earned since the effective date of the prior annuity by the participant's total creditable service.
ETF 20.23(1)(e) (e) Multiplying the result in par. (d) times the social security benefit amount determined under s. ETF 20.03 (2) based on the participant's total service and earnings.
ETF 20.23(1)(f) (f) Adding the amounts determined in pars. (c) and (e).
ETF 20.23(2) (2) Pursuant to s. 40.03 (1) (a), Stats., the monthly amount of a recomputed annuity in the normal form under s. 40.26 (3), Stats., excluding any portion which on either the original or recomputed annuity was a variable annuity, shall not be less than the monthly amount of the original core annuity in the normal form increased by any dividends granted prior to termination of the original annuity.
ETF 20.23(3) (3) The board may review adjustments made under this section and may make other adjustments as necessary to prevent any inequity.
ETF 20.23 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1984, No. 338, eff. 3-1-84; CR 09-057: am. (2) Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10.
ETF 20.25 ETF 20.25 Core and variable annuity changes. Annuity changes shall be made as follows:
ETF 20.25(1)(a)(a) Except as otherwise provided in par. (b), a core annuity dividend, as recommended by the actuary and approved by the chair of the employee trust funds board and the department's secretary, shall be distributed based on each December 31 valuation as specified in s. 40.27 (2), Stats. The dividend shall be effective on the April 1 following the valuation date and shall apply to core annuities effective on or prior to the date of the valuation. As authorized under s. 40.27 (2) (b), Stats., different percentages shall be determined for annuities effective for less than a full year on the valuation date. The percentages shall be determined by multiplying the number of full months the annuity was in force times the percentage change applicable to annuities effective for the full year, dividing the result by 12 and rounding the answer to the nearest tenth of a percent. No increase shall be applied to any annuity for which the resulting increase would be less than one tenth of a percent.
ETF 20.25(1)(b) (b) The total amount distributed to the annuity reserve under 1999 Wis. Act 11, section 27 (1) (a) shall be distributed effective April 1, 2000, in the form of a percentage increase. The percentage shall be recommended by the actuary separate from the distribution of any surplus created by the annual distribution under s. 40.04 (3) (a), Stats., or otherwise. The percentage under this paragraph shall be the same for all affected annuities, including those with effective dates after December 31, 1998 and before January 1, 2000.
ETF 20.25(2) (2) Variable annuity changes, as recommended by the actuary and approved by the secretary, shall be made based on each December 31 valuation as specified in s. 40.28 (2), Stats. The changes shall be effective on the April 1 following the valuation and shall apply to variable annuities effective on or prior to the date of the valuation, regardless of whether the annuity becomes a core annuity in the following year.
ETF 20.25 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1957, No. 23, eff. 12-31-57; r. and recr. Register, December, 1976, No. 252, eff. 1-1-77; renum. from Ret 8.05 (2) and am., Register, January, 1983, No. 325, eff. 2-1-83; emerg. r. and recr. eff. 1-1-84; r. and recr. Register, April, 1984, No. 340, eff. 5-1-84; renum. (1) to (1) (a) and am., cr. (1) (b), Register, September, 2000, No. 537, eff. 10-1-00; CR 02-049: am. (1) (a) and (2) Register September 2002 No. 561, eff. 10-1-02; CR 03-062: am. (1) (a) and (2), Register January 2004 No. 577, eff. 2-1-04; CR 09-057: am. (intro.), (1) (a) and (2) Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10.
ETF 20.30 ETF 20.30 Annuity underpayments. Pursuant to s. 40.08 (7) (c), Stats., if an annuity under s. 40.23, 40.24, 40.63, or 40.73, Stats., is underpaid by more than $2 in a month, and if that underpayment is uncorrected for 12 or more months, then the payment to the annuitant to correct the underpayment shall include interest at 0.4% per month for each full month between the date the underpayment occurred and the date the retroactive correction is paid. The interest due shall be calculated separately for each month's underpaid amount. For purposes of this section, “full month" means the period from any date in a month to the corresponding date in the next month, or to the end of the month if there is no corresponding date.
ETF 20.30 Note Note: This rule (CR 09-057) changes the calculation of interest on underpayments to conform to s. 40.08 (7) (c), Stats., and pay monthly interest on a particular month's underpayment until it is corrected.
ETF 20.30 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1992, No. 442, eff. 11-1-92; CR 09-057: am. Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10.
ETF 20.35 ETF 20.35 Qualified domestic relations orders; division of WRS accounts and annuities.
ETF 20.35(1) (1) Scope and purpose.
ETF 20.35(1)(a)(a) This section applies to any order to divide any benefit of the Wisconsin retirement system which is received by the department.
ETF 20.35(1)(b) (b) The purpose of this section is to specify how the department shall apply a valid QDRO to the participant's account or annuity or respond to an order which is not a valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(1)(c) (c) For purposes of ss. 40.02 (48m) and 40.08 (1m), Stats., and this section, a marriage is terminated upon entry of a judgment, decree or order of divorce, annulment or legal separation. A domestic partnership as defined in s. 40.02 (21d), Stats., is terminated as provided in s. ETF 20.10 (3). A domestic partnership, as defined in s. 770.01 (2), Stats., is terminated as provided in s. 770.12, Stats.
ETF 20.35(2) (2)Division by valid QDRO. Except as otherwise provided in sub. (6) or (7), upon receipt of a valid QDRO the department shall divide WRS accounts and annuities in accordance with the percentage awarded to the alternate payee in the valid QDRO, based on the date on which the marriage was terminated by a court judgment, decree or order or the domestic relationship was terminated as provided in s. ETF 20.10 (3) or s. 770.12, Stats., as follows:
ETF 20.35(2)(a) (a) With respect to marriages terminated on or after January 1, 1982, and before April 28, 1990, the division shall be as provided in subs. (3) and (4), when a valid QDRO is received by the department after May 2, 1998.
ETF 20.35(2)(b) (b) With respect to marriages or domestic partnerships terminated on or after April 28, 1990, the division shall be as provided in subs. (3) and (5).
ETF 20.35 Note Note: See s. ETF 10.82 concerning receipt by the department.
ETF 20.35(3) (3)All QDRO divisions.
ETF 20.35(3)(a)(a) Percentages. The percentage of the participant's account or annuity that is awarded to the alternate payee by a valid QDRO is limited to a percentage between zero percent (0%) and fifty percent (50%) expressed to no more than 2 decimal places. An otherwise valid QDRO with a percentage awarded to the alternate payee expressed to more than 2 decimal places may not be rejected for that reason alone, but the department shall round the percentage to 2 decimal places.
ETF 20.35(3)(b) (b) Debts of the participant. Any debt, memorandum account or account receivable balance reflecting amounts owed by the participant to the department, the fund or any benefit plan, accrued as of the decree date and still outstanding at the time the account or annuity is divided, shall be divided between the participant and alternate payee in the same proportion as the participant's account or annuity.
ETF 20.35(3)(c) (c) Dividing Wisconsin retirement system annuities.
ETF 20.35(3)(c)1.1. `Present actuarial values before and after division shall be equal.' An annuity shall be divided so that the actuarial present value of the undivided annuity is equal to the aggregate actuarial present values of the 2 separate annuities resulting from the division as of the effective date of the division.
ETF 20.35(3)(c)2. 2. `Division of accelerated annuity option.' If the participant selected an accelerated payment option as provided in s. 40.24 (1) (e), Stats., or s. ETF 20.04 (3), and the participant's temporary annuity is still in force as of the effective date of the annuity division, then the department shall calculate the present value of both the temporary and life annuities using the actuarial tables in effect on the effective date of the annuity division. The department shall then divide the total present value based on the percentages specified in the QDRO and calculate separate annuities for the participant and alternate payee as specified in s. 40.08 (1m) (f) 2., Stats. If the participant or alternate payee provides a projection of his or her social security benefits at age 62 from the social security administration, the department shall use that projected social security amount to calculate the amount of the temporary annuity for that person. If no projection is supplied, then notwithstanding s. ETF 20.03 (2), the department shall assume that person's projected social security benefits at age 62 equals that person's prorated portion of the participant's temporary annuity amount as of the effective date of the annuity division, calculated based on the respective percentages of the annuity being awarded to the participant and alternate payee. If the reduced annuity payable for life to the alternate payee or participant is below the threshold specified by s. ETF 20.05 (1), then that person shall receive an annuity in the same option.
ETF 20.35(3)(c)3. 3. `Disability annuities.' Upon division of a disability annuity calculated under the provisions of s. 40.63 (1) or (4), Stats., the alternate payee's annuity shall consist of a portion based on the participant's actual service and a portion based on the assumed service used to calculate the participant's disability annuity. The portion of the alternate payee's annuity based on the participant's assumed service and age shall cease upon the death of the alternate payee. Benefits payable upon the death of the alternate payee's shall be based on the guaranteed portion of the alternate payee's annuity only. Once the participant's disability annuity has been divided, the termination or suspension of the participant's disability annuity or the death of the participant has no effect on the alternate payee's annuity. If the participant's disability annuity is subsequently terminated and the participant's account restored under the provisions of s. 40.63 (9) and (10), Stats., the contributions and service credited to the restored account shall be reduced by the same percentage awarded to the alternate payee by the valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(3)(c)4. 4. `Actuarial adjustment for early retirement.' The actuarial reduction applied to the participant's and alternate payee's annuities as provided in s. 40.23 (2m) (f) and (fm), Stats., shall be calculated based on the participant's and alternate payee's actual ages on his or her respective annuity effective dates, using the creditable service that would otherwise have been credited to the participant's account on the respective annuity effective dates if the participant's creditable service had not been reduced per a valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(3)(c)5. 5. For the purposes of determining the amount of service used to calculate the alternate payee's actuarial reduction for early retirement under the provisions of s. 40.23 (2m) (fm), Stats., if the participant has part-time service in at least five of the ten annual earnings periods immediately preceding the annual earnings period in which the alternate payee's retirement benefit becomes effective or the date on which the participant terminated covered employment, whichever is earlier, the provisions of s. 40.23 (2m) (fm), Stats., shall apply. If the decree date is prior to July 1, 2009, the provisions of s. 40.23 (2m) (fm), Stats., in effect prior to that date shall apply.
ETF 20.35(3)(d) (d) Dividing Wisconsin retirement system accounts.
ETF 20.35(3)(d)1.1. `Creditable service.' Creditable service which the participant has been granted as of the decree date is a part of the Wisconsin retirement system account of a participant and shall be divided in the same ratio as other account balances. With respect to a decree date on or after January 1, 1982 through April 1, 1990, if the employer is unable to accurately report earnings and service up to the decree date, as required by s. 40.02 (48m) (j), Stats., the department shall prorate the participant's service, earnings and contributions for the calendar year in which the decree date falls. The service and contributions shall be prorated based on the number of months between January 1 of the year in which the marriage is terminated and the decree date, divided by the number of complete and partial months during that calendar year in which the participant was a participating employee, with the quotient rounded to 2 decimal places.
ETF 20.35(3)(d)2. 2. `Purchased service credits.' Previously purchased service shall be divided in the same proportion as the other portions of the participant's account and creditable service. If an application to purchase creditable service is received prior to the decree date, as defined by s. 40.02 (18f), Stats., then service for which payment is made shall be included in the division. The department shall pay any refund due only to the participant and shall bill only the participant for any supplemental payment due for such purchased service. No refund shall be due to the participant from the department for the portion of any excess payment withdrawn from the public employee trust fund by the alternate payee. Credit for service purchased by an application received after the decree date shall not be divided by the qualified domestic relations order regardless of the source of the funds for the purchase or when the services were actually rendered.
ETF 20.35(3)(d)3. 3. `Creditable military service.' If the participant has active military service, the alternate payee shall be granted the percentage specified in the valid QDRO of the military service for which the participant would be eligible as of the decree date, based on the participant's total creditable service as of the decree date, regardless of when the participant requests the crediting or provides satisfactory documentation. If a participant does not provide to the department proof of active military service and the certification of active military service on the form prescribed by the department, the department shall nevertheless divide the participant's account without the military service provided the court order is otherwise a valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(3)(d)4. 4. `Rehired annuitant with suspended account.' If the participant's annuity was suspended prior to the decree date under the provisions of s. 40.26 (2), Stats., any memorandum account balance resulting from the annuity payments paid prior to the decree date and after the effective date on which the account was suspended, plus accumulated interest on that amount, shall be divided in the same proportion as the other portions of the participant's account.
ETF 20.35(4) (4)Marriages terminated on or after January 1, 1982 and before April 28, 1990.
ETF 20.35(4)(a)(a) The division of accounts and annuities that are divided per valid QDROs with respect to marriages terminated between January 1, 1982 and April 27, 1990, both dates inclusive, shall be calculated to reflect changes in the participant's account, including but not limited to commencing or terminating an annuity, between the decree date and the effective date of the account or annuity division, as provided in this subsection.
ETF 20.35(4)(b) (b) If the participant was an annuitant on the decree date and has continued to be an annuitant until the effective date of the annuity division, the department shall calculate the present value of the participant's annuity as of the effective date of the division based on the actuarial tables in effect on the effective date of the annuity division, and award a share of the total present value to the alternate payee, then calculate separate annuities for the alternate payee as provided in s. 40.08 (1m) (b) 2., (c) and (d), Stats.
ETF 20.35(4)(c) (c) If the participant was not an annuitant on the decree date, but is an annuitant on the date that the department receives the valid QDRO, the participant's annuity shall be divided as provided in sub. (3) (c), and as follows:
ETF 20.35(4)(c)1. 1. The portion of the annuity awarded to the alternate payee may not reflect any service or contributions reportable for any period of the participant's participating employment after the decree date.
ETF 20.35(4)(c)2. 2. If the participant's retirement annuity is a formula annuity calculated under the provisions of s. 40.23 (2) (b) or (2m) (e), Stats., the percentage of the participant's annuity awarded to the alternate payee shall be based on the ratio of the years of creditable service awarded to the alternate payee as of the decree date, based on the percentage specified in the valid QDRO and including any creditable military service, divided by the total creditable service used to calculate the participant's retirement annuity, with the quotient rounded to 2 decimal places.
ETF 20.35(4)(c)3. 3. If the participant's retirement annuity is a money purchase annuity calculated under the provisions of s. 40.23 (2) (c), (2m) (c) or (d), or (3), Stats., the portion of the participant's annuity awarded to the alternate payee shall be based on the ratio of the portion of the account balance awarded to the alternate payee as of the decree date including interest creditable through the day before the participant's annuity effective date, based on the percentage specified in the valid QDRO, divided by the total account balance used to calculate the participant's retirement annuity, with the quotient rounded to 2 decimal places.
ETF 20.35(4)(c)4. 4. If the participant is receiving a disability annuity under s. 40.63 (1) or (4), Stats., the alternate payee's share of the portion of the participant's disability annuity based on assumed service shall be calculated by dividing the years of creditable service awarded to the alternate payee as of the decree date, based on the percentage specified in the valid QDRO and including any creditable military service, by the total service that was available to calculate the guaranteed portion of the participant's disability annuity, including any creditable military service, regardless of whether the guaranteed portion of the disability annuity was calculated under s. 40.23 (2) (b) or (c), (2m) (c), (d) or (e) or (3), Stats.
ETF 20.35(4)(d) (d) If a participant's annuity is divided under the provisions of par. (c), and that annuity was reduced under the provisions of s. 40.23 (2) or (2m) (b), Stats., the percentage of the annuity to be awarded to the alternate payee shall be determined as provided in par. (c), and those percentages shall be applied to the annuity amounts payable on the effective date that the annuity is divided per the valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(4)(e) (e) If the participant was an annuitant on the decree date but the account was subsequently reestablished under the provisions of s. 40.26 (2), Stats., and the participant is not an annuitant on the date the department receives the valid QDRO, the department shall establish a separate account for the alternate payee consisting of a share of the participant's contributions and creditable service, based on the percentage specified in the valid QDRO and including any creditable military service, that was available to calculate the participant's original retirement annuity. Interest shall be added to the contribution balances for the period between the decree date and the date the alternate payee's account is reestablished. If the participant has a memorandum account balance, the alternate payee's account shall also be credited with a share of the participant's memorandum account balance as provided in sub. (3) (b), based on the percentage specified in the valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(5) (5)Marriages and domestic partnerships terminated on or after April 28, 1990.
ETF 20.35(5)(a)(a) If the participant was not an annuitant on the decree date, the department shall divide the participant's account as provided in s. 40.08 (1m) (b) 1., (c), (d) and (f) 1., Stats., and sub. (3) (d), and as follows:
ETF 20.35(5)(a)1. 1. The creditable service and amounts awarded to the alternate payee shall be in a separate account in the fund for the benefit of the alternate payee. After the division under this section, the alternate payee may apply for a separation benefit under s. 40.25 (2), Stats., provided the application is received by the department prior to the date on which the participant would have met the minimum age requirement for a retirement annuity under s. 40.23, Stats., and payment of a separation benefit would comply with all provisions of the internal revenue code. After the date the participant reaches or would have reached the minimum retirement age, the alternate payee may only apply for retirement benefits under s. 40.23, 40.24, or 40.25 (1), Stats.
ETF 20.35(5)(a)2. 2. The participant shall retain the remainder in his or her separate account under s. 40.04 (4) (a), Stats., unless the participant is an annuitant at the time of the division. If the participant is an annuitant when the division occurs, the participant's creditable service and account as of the decree date shall be reduced by the percentage awarded to the alternate payee. The balances shall then be brought forward to the effective date of the current annuity, including any contributions and service for periods after the decree date, and the annuity option chosen by the participant shall be recalculated. The amount by which the monthly annuity payments previously made to the participant exceed the participant's recalculated monthly entitlement for the same period shall be a balance due from the participant. This balance due shall be due from the participant and may be collected as provided in s. 40.08 (4), Stats., including by a reduction of the present value of the participant's annuity as reduced by the division, resulting in a recalculation and reduction of the participant's monthly annuity.
ETF 20.35(5)(b)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., if the participant was an annuitant on the decree date, the department shall divide the present value of the annuity as provided in s. 40.08 (1m) (b) 2., (c), (d) and (f) 2., Stats., and sub. (3) (c) and pay separate annuities to the participant and alternate payee, respectively.
ETF 20.35(5)(b)2. 2. If the participant's annuity is a joint and survivor annuity with the alternate payee as the named survivor, and the percentage awarded to the alternate payee in the valid QDRO is zero percent (0%), then the alternate payee may not receive any Wisconsin retirement system annuity based on the valid QDRO and the participant's annuity shall be recalculated as a straight life annuity payable to the participant, with no change in the remaining guarantee period, if any.
ETF 20.35(6) (6)Invalid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(6)(a)(a) Rejection and notice. The department may not honor any order to divide Wisconsin retirement system benefits which it determines is not a valid QDRO as defined in s. 40.02 (48m), Stats. The department shall send written notice of its rejection of an order to the person submitting the order and to the participant and alternate payee if those persons' current names and addresses are stated in the order or are readily determinable from department records.
ETF 20.35(6)(b) (b) Account already closed. An otherwise valid QDRO received after the participant's account was closed by payment of a lump sum benefit on or after the decree date has no effect, regardless of whether the participant returned to participating employment after the decree date. If the participant's account to which the valid QDRO applies is subsequently restored under the provisions of s. 40.25 (5), Stats., because the benefit was paid in error, or under an agreement approved by the department where the full amount of the benefit paid plus monthly interest at the assumed rate has been paid to the department, the restored account shall be divided according to the valid QDRO.
ETF 20.35(6)(c) (c) Participant or alternate payee deceased. An otherwise valid QDRO received after the participant's or alternate payee's date of death has no effect on the participant's account or annuity.
ETF 20.35(7) (7)Limited grace period to correct specified errors.
ETF 20.35(7)(a)(a) If the department rejects an order for the division of a participant's account and subsequently receives an otherwise acceptable application from the participant for a benefit which would close the participant's account due to payment of a lump sum benefit, the department shall delay payment of the lump sum benefit until 30 days after the date the order for division was rejected. This paragraph applies only if the basis for the rejection was one or more of the following:
ETF 20.35(7)(a)1. 1. The order did not meet all of the requirements in s. 40.02 (48m), Stats.
ETF 20.35(7)(a)2. 2. The order received by the department was not a certified copy or an original, signed by the judge or a duly authorized family court commissioner.
ETF 20.35(7)(b) (b) If the department has not received a second, valid QDRO within 30 days after the rejection, then the department shall complete processing the application for benefits and sub. (6) (b) shall apply.
ETF 20.35(8) (8)Effect of post-decree date corrections and adjustments.
ETF 20.35(8)(a)(a) Service purchased after decree date. Credit for service purchased by the participant after the decree date in a valid QDRO may not be affected by that QDRO.
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