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PDFWAC 415-02-325

2008 Early retirement factors.

(1) What are the 2008 early retirement factors? In chapter 491, Laws of 2007, the legislature created optional early retirement factors (ERFs) for members retiring on or after September 1, 2008. Referred to as the 2008 ERFs, these optional factors are available to Plan 2 and Plan 3 members of the following retirement systems: Public employees' retirement system (PERS); school employees' retirement system (SERS); and teachers' retirement system (TRS). The 2008 ERFs provide a higher retirement benefit than the three percent ERFs, but impose stricter return to work rules.
(2) If I retire before age sixty-five using the 2008 ERFs, how will my benefit be calculated? Your normal (age sixty-five) retirement benefit will be multiplied by the factor shown in the following table, based on your age at the time of your early retirement.
Retirement Age
2008 Early
Retirement Factor
55
0.80
56
0.83
57
0.86
58
0.89
59
0.92
60
0.95
61
0.98
62
1.00
63
1.00
64
1.00
65
1.00
(3) Am I eligible for the 2008 ERFs? Plan 2 and Plan 3 members of PERS, SERS, and TRS, who entered membership prior to May 1, 2013, must be at least age fifty-five and have at least thirty service credit years to be eligible for retirement using the 2008 ERFs.
(4) What are the return to work rules if I retire under the 2008 ERFs? The legislation that created the 2008 ERFs also established restrictions on retirees who return to an employer after selecting the 2008 ERF option. The 2008 ERF return to work restrictions are a broad prohibition to avoid incentives for early retirement while the member continues to collect payments from a public employer before reaching full retirement age. A retiree's benefit will stop if they retire under the 2008 ERFs and return to a DRS-covered employer, in any capacity for which they receive compensation, before age sixty-five.
(5) What organizations are DRS-covered employers? For the purpose of this section, a DRS-covered employer is any organization that employs one or more members of any retirement system administered by DRS. This includes, but is not limited to, public agencies, boards and commissions, counties, cities and towns, public schools and educational service districts, higher education institutions, libraries and utilities throughout the state. It also includes first class cities that maintain separate retirement systems but also employ members of the law enforcement officers' and fire fighters' retirement system.
(6) What types of compensation impact my benefit if I retire under the 2008 ERFs and return to work before age sixty-five? The legislature defines "employment with an employer" for purposes of the 2008 ERF return to work restrictions as including "any personal service contract, service by an employer as a temporary or project employee, or any other similar compensated relationship with any employer." The phrase "any other similar compensated relationship with any employer" includes both employment with a DRS-covered employer and any other type of compensated relationship with a DRS-covered employer.
Example:
Bob, an attorney for the city of Olympia, retires using the 2008 ERFs. Can Bob receive his pension if he subsequently provides legal services to Spokane County? It depends on whether Bob's compensated relationship with Spokane County meets the definition of "employment with an employer." Below are examples of the different types of potential compensated relationships Bob could have, and whether those relationships would be considered "employment with an employer."
Personal service contract. If Bob has a personal service contract with Spokane County to provide legal services, then Bob would be considered to be in a "similar compensated relationship with an employer" within the meaning of the statute. Bob's monthly benefit would be suspended for any month in which he provides this compensated service to Spokane County.
Sole proprietorship or partnership. 2008 ERF retiree is sole proprietor or partner. If Bob is a sole proprietor or a partner of a law firm; the firm contracts with Spokane County to provide services; and Bob or any other employee of the law firm provides legal services to Spokane County, then Bob would be considered to be in a "similar compensated relationship with an employer" within the meaning of the statute. Bob's monthly benefit would be suspended for any month in which he or his firm provides service to Spokane County under the contract.
Corporation. 2008 ERF retiree is a shareholder of a publicly traded corporation. If Bob is a shareholder of a publicly traded corporation and the corporation contracts with Spokane County to provide services, then Bob would not be considered to be in a "similar compensated relationship with an employer" within the meaning of the statute. Bob's monthly benefit would not be suspended for any month in which the corporation provides service to Spokane County.
Corporation. ERF retiree is an employee of the corporation. If Bob is working for the corporation solely on matters unrelated to the corporation's contract with Spokane County, Bob is not in a "similar compensated relationship" with Spokane County. Bob's monthly benefit would not be suspended for any month in which the corporation provides service to Spokane County.
If Bob is working for the corporation on matters that are related to the corporation's contract with Spokane County, then Bob would be considered to be in a "similar compensated relationship with an employer."
(7) What is considered compensation? Compensation is financial consideration for work performed, regardless of whether that consideration is paid as a salary, hourly amount, or flat dollar amount. A reimbursement is not considered compensation.
Examples:
Basketball referee - A TRS Plan 2 member retires using the 2008 ERFs at age 62. He receives a $2,500 monthly pension payment. When he is 64, he referees one high school basketball game. He receives a flat dollar amount of $50 for refereeing the game. Under the 2008 ERF return to work restrictions, he has returned to the employment of an employer and received compensation. Therefore, his $2,500 pension benefit is forfeited for the month he earned the $50 payment.
Board/commission - A PERS Plan 3 member retires using the 2008 ERFs at age 60. She receives a $1,200 monthly pension payment. When she is 62, she is elected as a member of the local school board. As a school board member she does not receive a salary; however, she does receive reimbursements for travel and food. Under the 2008 ERF return to work restrictions, she is able to continue to receive her pension while receiving those reimbursements.
(8) What are a DRS employer's responsibilities for determining whether an employee is a 2008 ERF retiree? RCW 41.50.139 requires DRS employers to obtain, in writing, the retirement status of all new employees. If the employer fails to report a 2008 ERF retiree's retirement status to the department, the employer is liable for any overpayments that may occur.
(9) What are a DRS employer's responsibilities for determining whether a contractor's employees are 2008 ERF retirees? DRS employers who hire a contractor to perform services for their organization will need to inquire with the contractor and confirm with DRS to determine if any of the workers providing services to the DRS employer through the contractor retired using the 2008 ERFs, or if the company is owned by an individual who retired using the 2008 ERFs, and whether the nature of the service and compensation would result in a retirement benefit being suspended.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5). WSR 17-04-050, § 415-02-325, filed 1/26/17, effective 2/26/17.]
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