WSR 05-21-051

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed October 13, 2005, 11:45 a.m. , effective November 13, 2005 ]


Purpose: To implement HB 1321, enacted during the 2005 legislative session. This amendment gives TRS Plan 1 members who work as school psychologists, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and audiologists the same option for computing benefit as previously given to classroom instructors, librarians and counselors.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 415-112-820.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.50.050(5).

Other Authority: RCW 41.32.010 (10)(a)(iv).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-18-047 on September 2, 2005.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 13, 2005.

Sandra J. Matheson

Director

OTS-8232.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-21-080, filed 10/20/04, effective 11/20/04)

WAC 415-112-820   What is a bona fide position for purposes of WAC 415-112-810?   If you are a TRS Plan 1 member and meet the requirements in this section, you are deemed to occupy a bona fide position for purposes of WAC 415-112-810 through 415-112-835.

(1) Service for single employer. You are employed in a bona fide position if you perform contracted service for one and only one employer and you satisfy the requirements of (a), (b), and (c) of this subsection.

(a) Written contract. You are employed under a part-time written contract with a school district, educational service district, community or technical college, school for the deaf, or school for the blind that meets the following conditions:

(i) Contract with school district or educational service district. You must be under a part-time contract from the first teaching day to the last teaching day of the school's official calendar.

(ii) Contracts with community or technical college, school for the blind, or school for the deaf. You must be under part-time contracts for three of the four academic quarters (summer, fall, winter, or spring) of the institution's official calendar.

(b) Instructional position. You are employed in an instructional position. An instructional position is a position in which more than seventy-five percent of your time((, including office hours,)) is spent as a classroom instructor (including office hours), a librarian, a psychologist, a social worker, a nurse, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech language pathologist or audiologist, or a counselor.

(c) Number of days. Under the contract(s), you must be employed not less than twenty full-time days or the equivalent, and earn less than a full year of service credit.

(2) Combining service to meet requirements of subsection (1) of this section. When you provide services under part-time written contracts with more than one employer, service under all part-time written contracts must be combined to determine if you are employed in a bona fide position. You are employed in a bona fide position only if you satisfy the requirements of (a), (b), and (c) of this subsection.

(a) Written contract. You are employed under two or more written contracts with a school district, educational service district, community or technical college, school for the deaf, or school for the blind. You must be under contract for the equivalent of three of the four academic quarters (summer, fall, winter, or spring) of the institution's official calendar.

Example 1. Susan is employed part time with School District B from September 1 through December 31. She is employed with School District C from January 1 through June 20. Susan meets the "written contract" requirement of this subsection because she is under contract for the equivalent of three academic quarters (fall, winter, and spring).
Example 2. Bill is employed with School District B from September 1 through December 31. He is employed with Community College C for Winter and Spring quarters. Bill meets the "written contract" requirement of this subsection because he is under contract for the equivalent of three academic quarters (fall, winter, and spring).
(b) Instructional position. The hours you spend as a classroom instructor, a librarian, or a counselor in any of the positions must be at least seventy-five percent of the total hours of service in all the positions.

(c) Number of days. The total number of days in all contracted positions must not be less than twenty full-time days or the equivalent, and must not be more than the one hundred forty-four full-time days or the equivalent.

(3) To determine if you meet the foregoing requirements, the department may consider additional information. Upon the department's request, employers must provide, without limitation, the following information:

(a) For school district employees, the salary schedule and related workload provisions, if any, adopted pursuant to RCW 28A.405.200 by the school district by which the member was employed;

(b) Whether your position is included on the employing district's salary schedule, in workload provisions, or in a collective bargaining agreement;

(c) Whether your position has duties, responsibilities, workload requirements, or methods of pay similar to those of positions found in the district's schedule, workload provisions, or collective bargaining agreement;

(d) When your position was created, and how long you held the position;

(e) Whether you have previously retired under the provisions of chapter 41.32 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5) and 41.32.345. 04-21-080, 415-112-820, filed 10/20/04, effective 11/20/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.32.345 and 41.50.050. 93-20-021, 415-112-820, filed 9/24/93, effective 10/25/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.32 RCW as amended by 1987 c 265. 87-20-082 (Order 87-09), 415-112-820, filed 10/7/87.]

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