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PDFWAC 415-108-810

Calculation of retirement allowance pursuant to Bowles v. Retirement Systems—Eligibility—Procedure.

Pursuant to Bowles v. Retirement Systems, 121 Wn.2d 52 (1993), the department is required to calculate certain Plan I members' retirement allowances without regard to percentage or ceiling limitations on leave cash outs. Bowles v. Retirement Systems does not change the terms contained in collective bargaining agreements negotiated by employers and employees or leave policies promulgated by employers, nor does it apply to state and school district employees who cash out sick leave pursuant to RCW 28A.400.210 or 41.04.340, or annual leave pursuant to RCW 43.01.040 through 43.01.044.
(1) Certain Plan I members' retirement allowances shall be calculated pursuant to this section if they meet the following criteria:
(a) Retire on or after March 11, 1993, from Plan I, or be a surviving spouse or beneficiary of a member who retired or died after March 11, 1993; and
(b) Have average final compensation that is:
(i) Based on employment with a nonstate agency or political subdivision employer; and
(ii) Subject to employer percentage or ceiling limitations on leave cash outs.
(c) If a person meets the eligibility requirements for calculation under (a) and (b) of this subsection, the department shall determine whether the person is entitled to the calculation provided under subsection (2) of this section.
(2) For persons who are eligible under subsection (1) of this section, the department shall calculate the retirement allowance as follows:
(a) Calculate average final compensation twice:
(i) First, by including the amount of leave actually cashed out that is accruable within the member's two year average final compensation period, not taking into consideration any employer percentage or ceiling cash out limitations; and
(ii) Second, by including accrued leave as specified in (a)(i) of this subsection but taking into consideration any employer percentages and ceiling cash out limitations.
(b) Calculate the difference between the retirement allowance under (a)(i) and (ii) of this subsection. The department shall calculate the present value of this difference using its actuarial tables and retain eight percent of the present value of this amount to restore pension fund moneys expended in paying Bowles plaintiff class attorney fees. Each member's Bowles attorney fee payment shall be made in a one-time deduction from the member's first retirement allowance payment after the final computation of the member's benefit; and
(c) Pursuant to RCW 41.50.150, assess the member's employer for any additional excess compensation added to the member's retirement allowance.
[WSR 97-19-035, recodified as § 415-108-810, filed 9/9/97, effective 9/9/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050 and Bowles v. Retirement Systems, 121 Wn.2d 52 (1993). WSR 94-11-009, § 415-108-530, filed 5/5/94, effective 6/5/94.]
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