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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Public Employees' Noncontributory Retirement Act by amending
11 provisions related to the supplemental defined contribution for certain employees.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . removes for employees that began full-time employment with the state or its
15 educational institutions on or after July 1, 1986, the requirement that 1.5% of salary
16 be paid into the 401(k) account of state and educational institution employees in the
17 Public Employees' Noncontributory Retirement System;
18 . requires a participating employer to determine whether an employee is eligible to
19 receive the 1.5% of salary nonelective contribution;
20 . provides a maximum 12 month look-back period to correct errors in the nonelective
21 contribution; and
22 . makes technical changes.
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
26 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 49-13-303, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 250
31 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32 Section 1. Section 49-13-303 is amended to read:
33 49-13-303. Supplemental benefit provided to certain employees -- Defined
34 contribution plan options -- Contribution by employer and employee -- Immediate
35 vesting of contributions -- Plans to be separate -- Tax-qualified status of plans.
36 (1) (a) (i) [
37 49-13-301 , [
39 contribution on behalf of each [
41 (A) is a member of this system;
42 (B) before July 1, 1986, began the employee's current regular full-time employment
44 (I) the state;
45 (II) an educational institution of the state; or
46 (III) a participating employer whose activities are associated with participating
47 educational institutions; and
48 (C) has, since before July 1, 1986, continued the employment which began under
49 Subsection (1)(a)(i)(B) without a break, interruption, transfer, termination, rehire, or change of
50 the employing agency.
51 (ii) The nonelective contribution shall be an amount equal to at least 1.5% of the
52 member's compensation to a defined contribution plan [
54 (iii) The defined contribution plan shall be:
55 (A) selected by the regular full-time employee [
56 (B) sponsored by:
57 (I) the board[
58 (II) the Level A employer[
59 (III) a group of similar Level A employers[
60 (C) qualified as grandfathered under Section 1116 of the Federal Tax Reform Act of
62 (b) [
63 49-13-301 that is not included under Subsection (1)(a), shall make a nonelective contribution
64 on behalf of each [
65 (A) is a member of this system; and
66 (B) before July 1, 1986, began the employee's current regular full-time employment
68 (I) the state; or
69 (II) an educational institution of the state; and
70 (C) has, since before July 1, 1986, continued the employment which began under
71 Subsection (1)(a)(i)(B) without a break, interruption, transfer, termination, rehire, or change of
72 the employing agency.
73 (ii) The nonelective contribution shall be an amount equal to at least 1.5% of the
74 member's compensation to the defined contribution plan [
76 (c) The member or participating employer may make additional payments to [
82 described under this Subsection (1).
83 (d) (i) A participating employer shall determine whether an employee is eligible to
84 receive the nonelective contribution under Subsections (1)(a) and (b).
85 (ii) The office shall provide information to assist the participating employer in the
86 determination under Subsection (1)(d)(i).
87 (e) If an error is made in a determination under Subsection (1)(d), the participating
88 employer shall correct the error by:
89 (i) making up unmade contributions on behalf of the employee for up to 12 months of
90 any unmade contributions; or
91 (ii) requiring the employee to refund up to 12 months of the contributions received in
93 (2) (a) Participating employers in Level B under Section 49-13-301 may make
94 nonelective contributions on behalf of each of its regular full-time employees who are members
95 of this system to the 401(k) defined contribution plan sponsored by the board or to a qualified
96 plan sponsored by the participating employer which has been grandfathered under Section
97 1116 of the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986.
98 (b) The member may also make voluntary deferrals to the same 401(k) plan which the
99 member selected to receive the employer contribution described in Subsection (2)(a).
100 (3) Each qualified defined contribution 401(k) plan is separate and distinct from any
101 other qualified defined contribution 401(k) plan for all purposes, including purposes of
102 fiduciary liability and plan administration.
103 (4) A member may not make voluntary deferrals to any other qualified 401(k) plan
104 sponsored by a state or local government.
105 (5) [
106 the participating employer and the member under Subsection (1) or (2) vests to the member's
107 benefit immediately and is nonforfeitable.
108 (6) The board may request from any other qualified 401(k) plan under Subsection (1)
109 or (2) any relevant information pertaining to the maintenance of its tax qualification under the
110 Internal Revenue Code.
111 (7) The board may take any action which in its judgment is necessary to maintain the
112 tax-qualified status of its 401(k) defined contribution plan under federal law.
113 Section 2. Effective date.
114 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
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