Performance bonuses are LEOFF Plan II basic salary.
Payments you earn for meeting or exceeding performance goals set by your employer are a salary or wage for services rendered and qualify as basic salary for LEOFF Plan II. In order to qualify as basic salary, a performance bonus must be documented in an employer policy or specific agreement between the employer and member prior to earning the bonus.
An employer offers an annual bonus to a member if he or she meets a certain performance goal, i.e., stays accident free for a year. If the member meets the goal and is paid the bonus, the bonus would be considered basic salary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050
. WSR 97-01-016, § 415-104-377, filed 12/6/96, effective 1/6/97.]