SENATE BILL NO. 5353
C 088 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senators Johnson, Pullen, Vognild, von Reichbauer, Matson, West, Warnke, Gaspard, Bailey, Moore, Rasmussen, Madsen, Wojahn, Nelson, Lee, Kreidler, Conner, Thorsness, Owen, Metcalf, Stratton, Smitherman, Williams, McMullen, McCaslin, Saling, Newhouse, Hansen, Anderson, Talmadge and Sutherland
Read first time 1/20/89 and referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
AN ACT Relating to continued service credit for disabled law enforcement officers and fire fighters; amending RCW 41.26.470 and 41.26.520; and adding a new section to chapter 41.26 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 8, chapter 294, Laws of 1977 ex. sess. as last amended by section 2, chapter 12, Laws of 1982 and RCW 41.26.470 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) A member of the retirement system who becomes totally incapacitated for continued employment by an employer as determined by the director shall be eligible to receive an allowance under the provisions of RCW 41.26.410 through 41.26.550. Such member shall receive a monthly disability allowance computed as provided for in RCW 41.26.420 and shall have such allowance actuarially reduced to reflect the difference in the number of years between age at disability and the attainment of age fifty-eight.
member who receives an allowance under the provisions of this section shall be
subject to such comprehensive medical examinations as required by the
department. If such medical examinations reveal that such a member has
recovered from the incapacitating disability and the member is no longer
entitled to benefits under Title 51 RCW, the retirement allowance shall be
canceled and the member shall be restored to duty in the same civil service
rank, if any, held by the member at the time of retirement or, if unable to
perform the duties of the rank, then, at the member's request, in such other
like or lesser rank as may be or become open and available, the duties of which
the member is then able to perform. In no event shall a member previously
drawing a disability allowance be returned or be restored to duty at a salary
or rate of pay less than the current salary attached to the rank or position
held by the member at the date of the retirement for disability. If the
department determines that the member is able to return to service, the member
is entitled to notice and a hearing. Both the notice and the hearing shall
comply with the requirements of chapter ((
34.04)) 34.05 RCW(( ,
as now or hereafter amended)).
(3) Those members subject to this chapter who became disabled in the line of duty on or after the effective date of this 1989 section, and who receive benefits under RCW 41.04.500 through 41.04.530 or similar benefits under RCW 41.04.535 shall receive or continue to receive service credit subject to the following:
(a) No member may receive more than one month's service credit in a calendar month.
(b) No service credit under this section may be allowed after a member separates or is separated without leave of absence.
(c) Employer contributions shall be paid by the employer at the rate in effect for the period of the service credited.
(d) Employee contributions shall be collected by the employer and paid to the department at the rate in effect for the period of service credited.
(e) State contributions shall be as provided in RCW 41.26.450.
(f) Contributions shall be based on the regular compensation which the member would have received had the disability not occurred.
(g) The service and compensation credit under this section shall be granted for a period not to exceed six consecutive months.
(h) Should the legislature revoke the service credit authorized under this section or repeal this section, no affected employee is entitled to receive the credit as a matter of contractual right.
Sec. 2. Section 13, chapter 294, Laws of 1977 ex. sess. and RCW 41.26.520 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) A member who is on a paid leave of absence authorized by a member's employer shall continue to receive service credit as provided for under the provisions of RCW 41.26.410 through 41.26.550.
(2) A member shall be eligible to receive a maximum of two years service credit during a member's entire working career for those periods when a member is on an unpaid leave of absence authorized by an employer. Such credit may be obtained only if the member makes the employer, member, and state contributions plus interest as determined by the department for the period of the authorized leave of absence within five years of resumption of service or prior to retirement whichever comes sooner: PROVIDED, That for the purpose of this subsection the contribution shall not include the contribution for the unfunded supplemental present value as required by RCW 41.26.450. The contributions required shall be based on the average of the member's basic salary at both the time the authorized leave of absence was granted and the time the member resumed employment.
(3) A member who is inducted into the armed forces of the United States shall be deemed to be on an unpaid, authorized leave of absence.
(4) A member receiving benefits under Title 51 RCW who is not receiving benefits under this chapter shall be deemed to be on unpaid, authorized leave of absence.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 41.26 RCW to read as follows:
A member who became disabled before the effective date of this section may receive service credit for such period of disability subject to all the limitations and conditions contained in RCW 41.26.470(3). In order to qualify for the service credit provided by this section the member must make application to the department no later than December 31, 1991, and must agree to allow the employer to withhold from the member's wages the employee contributions, with interest, as required under RCW 41.26.470(3).