2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:66-108 - Salary deductions; death benefits

18A:66-108. Salary deductions; death benefits

18A:66-108. a. The board of trustees may, in the manner prescribed by the bylaws of the corporation, assess and collect monthly or semimonthly from each member of the pension fund the amount required to be paid by said member into the fund. All moneys so collected shall be paid to the treasurer of the corporation.

The board of trustees may make it a condition of membership that each member sign an order on the treasurer of school moneys, or other disbursing officer, directing the retention from his or her salary or wages of the amount of his or her assessments and the payment of the amount so retained directly to the treasurer of the corporation, and the treasurer of school moneys, or other disbursing officer, shall make such retention and payment, but such right of retention and payment shall become operative only in the event of the same being authorized by the bylaws of the corporation.

b. Whenever any member shall die in service or his or her employment be terminated, for reasons other than retirement, all payments made by such employee to the fund shall be returned to the employee, if alive; or to such person, if living, as he shall have nominated by written designation, duly executed and filed with the board of trustees; otherwise to the executor or administrator of the member's estate, together with simple interest at the rate of 4% per annum.

c. Upon the receipt of proper proof of the death of a member in service, on account of which no accidental death benefit is payable under subsection e. of this section or the death of a member who has been retired for disability but who has not yet attained 60 years of age, there shall be paid to such person, if living, as he shall have nominated by written designation, duly executed and filed with the board of trustees, otherwise to the executor or administrator of the member's estate an amount equal to one and one-half times the compensation upon which his contributions are based or received by the member in the last year of creditable service; provided, however, that if such a member shall have attained 70 years of age or the member who has been retired for disability has attained 60 years of age, the amount payable shall equal three-sixteenths of the compensation received by the member in the last year of creditable service instead of one and one-half times such compensation. Such member may also file, and alter from time to time during his lifetime, as desired, a request with the board of trustees directing payment of said benefit in one sum or in equal installments over a period of years or as a life annuity. Upon the death of such member, a beneficiary to whom a benefit is payable in one sum may elect to receive the amount payable in equal annual installments over a period of years or as a life annuity.

d. Whenever any member who was a member on June 26, 1962, shall die after retirement on pension, not having received in pension payments an amount equal to the total amount of his or her contributions to the fund, including simple interest at 2% per annum, the difference between the amount so received and the amount of contributions, plus interest, shall be paid to the surviving named beneficiary on file with the board of trustees, and if none, then to his or her legal representative; unless said employee has made provision with the board of trustees for optional benefits under the provisions of section 18A:66-110.

e. Upon the death of a member in active service as a result of an accident in the performance of his or her duties as such employee and not as the result of his willful negligence, an accidental death benefit shall be payable, if a report, in a form acceptable to the board of trustees, of the accident is filed with the pension fund within 60 days next following the accident and an application for such benefit is filed with the said board of trustees within two years of the date of the accident, but the board of trustees may waive such time limits for a reasonable period, if in the judgment of the board the circumstances warrant such action. Evidence must be submitted to the board of trustees proving that the natural and proximate cause of death was an accident arising out of and in the course of employment at some definite time and place. Upon application by or on behalf of the dependents of such deceased member, the board of trustees, in addition to the payment of his contributions, as provided in this section, shall grant a pension of one-half of the average annual salary received by him or her during the three years immediately preceding his or her death to the spouse of the deceased member or, if no surviving spouse, then to the child or children of such member under age 18, divided in such manner as the board in its discretion shall determine to continue until the youngest surviving child dies or attains age 18.

L.1967, c.271; amended 1983,c.216,s.4; 1995,c.240,s.3.

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