LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
[Filed December 18, 2018, 10:05 a.m., effective April 1, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: April 1, 2019.
Purpose: The pension discount rate (PDR) is the interest rate used to account for the time value of money when evaluating the present value of future pension payments. The purpose of this rule making is to lower the PDR using different assumptions for annual investment returns for the reserve funds for self-insured and state fund pension claims, and to align with recent department requested legislation passed in the 2018 session, chapter 282, Laws of 2018, allowing for the department to use different methods of calculating state fund and self-insured liabilities when determining the annuity values of a pension based on the rates of mortality, disability, remarriage, and interest.
This rule making reduces the pension discount rate to 4.5 percent for the state fund and to 6.0 percent for self-insurance.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 296-14-8810.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 18-21-177 on October 23, 2018.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: December 18, 2018.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-05-081, filed 2/20/18, effective 4/1/18)
WAC 296-14-8810Pension tables, pension discount rate and mortality tables.
(1) The department uses actuarially determined pension tables for calculating pension annuity values, required pension reserves, and actuarial adjustments to monthly benefit amounts.
(a) The department's actuaries calculate the pension tables based on:
(i) Mortality tables from nationally recognized sources;
(ii) The department's experience with rates of mortality, disability, and remarriage for annuity recipients; ((and))
(iii) A pension discount rate of ((6.1))4.5 percent for state fund pensions;
(iv) A pension discount rate of 6.0 percent for self-insured pensions, including the United States Department of Energy pensions; and
(v) The higher of the two pension discount rates so that pension benefits for both state fund and self-insured recipients use the same reduction factors for the calculation of death benefit options under RCW 51.32.067
(b) The department's actuaries periodically investigate whether updates to the mortality tables relied on or the department's experience with rates of mortality, disability, and remarriage by its annuity recipients warrant updating the department's pension tables.
(2) To obtain a copy of any of the department's pension tables, contact the department of labor and industries actuarial services.