HB1292 (2020) Detail

Revising certain benefit provisions in the city of Manchester employees contributory retirement system.


HB 1292-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2113

10/03

 

HOUSE BILL 1292-FN

 

AN ACT revising certain benefit provisions in the city of Manchester employees contributory retirement system.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Long, Hills. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes new benefit provisions for the employees' contributory retirement system of the City of Manchester originally established in 1973, 218 for participants who commence service on or after January 1, 2021.  This bill increases the member contribution for participants and increases the normal retirement age.  This bill will also mitigate the cost to the Manchester employees' contributory retirement system for early retirement and adjust the final average earning calculation.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2113

10/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT revising certain benefit provisions in the city of Manchester employees contributory retirement system.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Manchester Retirement System; Definition; Final Average earnings.  Amend RSA 1973, 218:4, X as amended by 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

X.  "Final average earnings" for members who commenced service before January 1, 2021, means the greater of (a) the average annual earnings received by a member during the 3 highest calendar years during the 10 years preceding the member's normal retirement date, date of actual retirement or date, of termination of employment, or (b) the average annual earnings received by a member during the highest 36 consecutive calendar months during the 10 years preceding the member's normal retirement date, date of actual retirement, or date of termination of employment.  The 3 highest years or highest 36 consecutive months shall be selected by the member, it being the intent and purpose of this method of computing final average earnings to afford the highest benefits to the member.  If a member has not worked 10 years at the time of the commencement of benefits, the benefit shall be based upon the earnings during the greater of the highest 36 consecutive months or the 3 highest calendar years.  [This section shall be effective for members whose retirement date is after January 1, 2003.]  For members who commenced service on or after January 1, 2021, “final average earnings” means the greater of (a) the average annual earnings received by a member during the 5 highest calendar years during the 10 years preceding the member's normal retirement date, date of actual retirement, or date of termination of employment, or (b) the average annual earnings received by a member during the highest 60 consecutive calendar months during the 10 years preceding the member's normal retirement date, date of actual retirement, or date of termination of employment.  The 5 highest years or highest 60 consecutive months shall be selected by the member, it being the intent and purpose of this method of computing final average earnings to afford the highest benefits to the member.  If a member has not worked 10 years at the time of the commencement of benefits, the benefit shall be based upon the earnings during the greater of the highest 60 consecutive months or the 5 highest calendar years.

2  Definitions; Normal Retirement Date.  Amend RSA 1973, 218:4, XIII as amended by 2002, 194:1 and 2002, 147:4 to read as follows:

XIII.  "Normal retirement date" shall mean the first day of the month coinciding with or next following a member's sixtieth birthday for members who commenced service before January 1, 2021, otherwise the first day of the month coinciding with or next following a member's sixty-second birthday.  

3  Employees to Whom the Act Applies.  Amend RSA 1973, 218:7, II as amended by 2002, 194:1 and 2008, 90:3 to read as follows:

III.  Any eligible employee in the employment of the city on January 1, 1974, who elected not to participate shall only be admitted to the retirement system upon completion of an application for participation, majority consent of the retirement board, passing a prescribed physical examination, and completion of a service buyback.  Any such eligible employee who elects to participate subsequent to January 1, 2021 shall participate under the retirement system statutory provisions in effect for members who commenced service as of that date.

4   Contributions by Employees.  Amend RSA 1973, 218:9, I as amended by 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

I.  The rate of contributions by each member who commenced service prior to January 1, 2021 shall be 3.75 percent of that portion of earnings received during each calendar year or portion thereof; otherwise the rate of contributions shall be 5.75 percent.

5  Service Buybacks.  Amend 1973, 218:10, III, as amended by 2002, 194:1 and 2006, 115:4, to read as follows:

III.  A member who ceases to be a member, withdraws his or her member contributions pursuant to section 11 of this act, and later becomes a member again, may make a request after the member's return to city employment for service buyback of prior service credit for the previous time served as a member.  If a service buyback is not made, the member's benefit shall be based solely on the member's years of service and final average earnings after the break in service.  For former members who return to service on or after January 1, 2021, the cost of the buyback shall be determined by dividing the value of refunded contributions by the contribution rate in effect during their withdrawn period of service, multiplying the results by 5.75 percent, and then applying interest at the rate in effect as determined by the board.  Members who withdrew more than 5 years of service earned prior to January 1, 2021, who return to service on or after January 1, 2021 shall pay member contributions at the rate of 5.75 percent like other new hires, however, the returning member shall retain his or her original normal retirement age of 60, and will have their earnings averaged over 3 years for benefit calculation purposes.  Former members who return to service on or after January 1, 2021 who withdrew with less than 5 years of service earned prior to January 1, 2021 shall be subject to the 5-year earnings average and a normal retirement age of 62.

6  Retirement Benefits Amend 1973, 218:12, I, as amended by 2002, 147:5 and 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

I.  Any member who commenced service prior to January 1, 2021, who either has attained the age of 60 years or having been in the service of the city on January 1, 1974, has completed at least 20 years of service, shall be eligible for a normal retirement benefit under the provisions of this act.  Any member who commenced service on or after January 1, 2021, who has attained the age of 62 years, shall be eligible for a normal retirement benefit under the provisions of this act.  Any such member may retire by filing with the retirement board a written statement duly attested setting forth at what time subsequent to the date of filing thereof, the member desires to be retired, or the retirement board may, at its option, retire any such eligible member, furnishing written notice thereof at least 60 calendar days in advance of the specified date of such retirement.

7  Rehirees.  Amend 1973, 218:12, III, as amended by 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

III.  The retirement system shall not pay retirement or disability benefits to city employees who again become eligible to participate in the retirement system under the act.  A member shall notify the retirement system of the member's rehire immediately.  Upon rehire after a period of termination, all disbursements under the plan to that member shall cease and the member shall resume making contributions to the retirement fund at the contribution rate in effect at resumption of city service as of the first pay period following the member's rehire.  Rehired members shall have their benefits determined in accordance with section 13 of this act.

8  Normal Retirement; Pension Payable.  Amend the introductory paragraph of 1973, 218:12, V, as amended by 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

V.  Members who qualify for a normal retirement benefit shall receive an annual pension payable during the member's lifetime and determined by the member’s initial commencement of service date, in an amount equal to the sum of:

9  Restoration to Service Benefits.  Amend 1973, 218:13, as amended by 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

218:13  Restoration to Service Benefits.

I.  If a formerly disabled member or any other member who has commenced receiving benefits from the retirement system again becomes eligible to participate, the member's benefits shall cease.  The member shall resume making contributions to the retirement fund at the contribution rate in effect at resumption of city service and the member shall become eligible to receive a normal retirement benefit determined in accordance with this section.

II.  A member whose benefit is governed by this section shall receive a normal retirement benefit equal to the sum of (a) the benefit calculated based on years of service and final average earnings prior to the [break in] resumption of service and (b) the benefit calculated based on years of service and final average earnings after the [break in] resumption of service.  If a member has less than [3 years of service] the required number of years used to calculate final average earnings under the retirement system statutory provisions in effect at the member’s initial date of hire after the break in service, the member's benefit after the break in service shall be based upon the earnings of the member for all weeks of service until the retirement date, divided by the number of weeks of service and multiplied by 52.

10  Early Retirement Option.  Amend 1973, 218:14, I, as amended by 2002, 147:6 and 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

I.  Each member who commenced service before January 1, 2021, whose age plus years of service equal 80, or who attains age 55 with a minimum of 20 years of service, may have the option, to be exercised by a written notice to the retirement board, to retire at any time thereafter, prior to the member's normal retirement date.  The amount of retirement benefits payable to such retired member shall be computed as provided in section 12 of this act, except that the date of such early retirement shall be used in determining the member's service, and the amount thus obtained will be reduced for each month by which the date on which benefits commence precedes the month after which the member attains 60 years of age by 1/6 of one percent.  Each member who commenced service on or after January 1, 2021, whose age plus years of service equal 80, or who attains age 55 with a minimum of 20 years of service, may have the option, to be exercised by a written notice to the retirement board, to retire at any time thereafter, prior to the member's normal retirement date.  The amount of retirement benefits payable to such retired member shall be computed as provided in section 12 of this act, except that the date of such early retirement shall be used in determining the member's service, and the amount thus obtained will be reduced for each month by which the date on which benefits commence precedes the month after which the member attains 62 years of age by 7/12 of one percent.

11  Disability Benefits.  Amend 1973, 218:15, III, as amended by 2002, 194:1 to read as follows:

III.  If such total disability is shown, to the satisfaction of the retirement board, to have been sustained during the performance of duties pertaining to the member's employment by the city, the member shall be entitled to retirement for disability irrespective of the duration of employment.  In order for a member to receive disability benefits under this section, the member shall submit an application for disability benefits within 60 days of termination of employment.  However, any member receiving a disability benefit on account of total and permanent disability sustained during the performance of duties pertaining to employment by the city, as provided herein, shall receive a benefit equal to the greater of the sum of the amounts determined in accordance with (a) and (b) of paragraph II, or 50 percent of final average earnings.  If a member commenced service prior to January 1, 2021 and has less than 3 years of service at the time of becoming totally disabled in the performance of duties pertaining to the member's employment by the city, the member's pension shall be based upon the member's annualized disability earnings.  If a member commenced service on or after January 1, 2021 and has less than 5 years of service at the time of becoming totally disabled in the performance of duties pertaining to the member's employment by the city, the member's pension shall be based upon the member's annualized disability earnings.  The disabled member may also receive his or her disability benefit in the form of a contingent annuity as described in section 17.

12  Accidental Death Benefits.  Amend 1973, 218:16, I(a), as amended by 2002, 194:1; 2003, 16:1; and 2011, 21:1 to read as follows:

(a)  If, upon the receipt by the board of trustees of proper proof of the death of a member in service indicating that such death was the natural and proximate result of an accident occurring while in the performance of duty at some definite time and place, the board decides that death was the result of an accident in the performance of duty and not caused by the member’s own gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct, the member’s surviving spouse shall be entitled to the larger of an annual benefit equal to 50 percent of the member’s final average earnings paid in equal monthly installments or a monthly benefit computed according to the member’s creditable service and final average earnings for the 100 percent contingent annuitant option inclusive of the early retirement reduction set forth in section 14 of this act [of 2 percent per year] which corresponds with the member’s service commencement date, for each year prior to member’s normal retirement age.  In lieu of either option, the member’s surviving spouse may instead elect a lump sum payment as described in paragraph I(c).

13  Ordinary Death Benefits.  Amend 1973, 218:16, II(b) and (c), as amended by 2002, 194:1; 2003, 16:1; and 2011, 21:1 to read as follows:

(b)  If at the time of death, the member has at least 5 years of creditable service or qualifies to retire under the retirement provisions of section 12 or section 14 of this act, and has a spouse, the member’s spouse shall be entitled to receive a monthly lifetime benefit equal to the greater of either 50 percent of the service retirement benefit straight life option without reduction that would have been payable to the member had they been eligible to retire immediately prior to death based upon final average earnings and creditable service or, a monthly benefit computed according to the member’s creditable service and final average earnings for the 100 percent contingent annuitant option inclusive of the early retirement reduction of 2 percent per year for each year prior to the member’s normal retirement age for members who commenced service prior to January 1, 2021, otherwise 7 percent per year for each year prior to the member’s normal retirement age.  In lieu of either option, the surviving spouse may instead elect a lump sum equal to the deceased member's annual base salary at the time of death, in addition to a refund of the member’s contributions plus regular interest until date of payment as provided under section 11, paragraph I.  

(c)  If at the time of death, the member commenced service prior to January 1, 2021, and has at least 5 years of creditable service or qualifies to retire under the retirement provisions of section 12 or section 14 of this act, but is not survived by a spouse, and has designated his or her child or children under age 18 as his or her beneficiary or beneficiaries, there shall be payable divided in such manner as the board in its discretion shall determine, to continue for the benefit of such child or children under said age until every child dies or attains age 18, the greater of either 50 percent of the service retirement benefit straight life option without reduction that would have been payable to the member had they been eligible to retire immediately prior to death based upon final average earnings and creditable service or, a monthly benefit computed according to the member’s creditable service and final average earnings for the 100 percent contingent annuitant option inclusive of the early retirement reduction of 2 percent per year for each year prior to member’s normal retirement age for members who commenced service prior to January 1, 2021, otherwise 7 percent per year,  or, a lump sum equal to the deceased member’s annual base salary at the time of death, in addition to a refund of contributions plus regular interest until the date of payment as provided under section 11, paragraph I.

14  Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

 

LBAO

20-2113

11/12/19

 

HB 1292-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUED

 

AN ACT revising certain benefit provisions in the city of Manchester employees contributory retirement system.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [    ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

LOCAL:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

 

METHODOLOGY:

The Manchester Employees' Contributory Retirement System states this bill will reallocate the future cost of operating Manchester's locally controlled and funded employee retirement plan between prospective plan participants and the employer.  There  will be no fiscal impact on state, county or other local revenue or expenditures.

 

The proposed changes will only apply to those participants who commence service on or after January 1, 2021 and will not impact any existing plan participants.  Proposed changes include the following:

  • Normal retirement age will increase from 60 to 62;
  • Early retirement reduction changes from 1/6 of 1% per month before normal retirement age to 7/12 of 1%;
  • Final Average Earnings 3 year period will increase to 5 years;
  • Member contribution rate will increase from 5% to 7%

 

The reduction in future benefit entitlements will improve the funded ratio of the system and accelerate the accrued liability amortization period by approximately one year, resulting in a projected savings of 3.1% of payroll over the next 20 years, reflecting the reduction in the employer normal cost.  The estimates for these calculations are provided from an actuarial report dated September 7, 2018 and based on a valuation as of December 31, 2017, with the following assumptions: rate of return is 7.00%, wage inflation of 2.75%, payroll growth of 2.75%, with a level percent of payroll, 22 year (remaining) closed valuation period, and individual entry age cost method.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Manchester Employees' Contributory Retirement System

 

Links

HB1292 at GenCourtMobile
HB1292 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 29, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1292 Revision: 6890 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration
Jan. 15, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/15/2020 10:00 am LOB 306
Jan. 29, 2020 Executive Session: 01/29/2020 01:00 pm LOB 306
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0203h for 02/19/2020 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 7 P. 7
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0203h (Vote 19-1; CC)