2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:66-40 - Medical examination; reemployment; subsequent retirement
18A:66-40. Medical examination; reemployment; subsequent retirement
a. Once each year the retirement system may, and upon his application shall, require any disability beneficiary who is under the age of 60 years to undergo medical examination by a physician or physicians designated by the system for a period of 5 years following his retirement in order to determine whether or not the disability which existed at the time he was retired has vanished or has materially diminished. If the disability beneficiary is engaged in an occupation, then the amount of his pension shall be reduced to an amount which, when added to the amount then earned by him, shall not exceed the amount of the salary now attributable to his former position.
If his earnings have changed since the date of his last adjustment, then the amount of his pension may be further altered; but the new pension shall not exceed the amount of pension originally granted.
If a disability beneficiary, while under the age of 60 years, refuses to submit to at least one medical examination in any year by a physician or physicians designated by the system, his pension shall be discontinued until withdrawal of his refusal. If the report of the medical board shall show that such beneficiary is able to perform either his former duty or other comparable duty which his former employer is willing to assign to him, the beneficiary shall report for duty; such a beneficiary shall not suffer any loss of benefits while he awaits his restoration to active service. If the beneficiary fails to return to duty within 10 days after being ordered so to do, or within such further time as may be allowed by the board of trustees for valid reason, as the case may be, the pension shall be discontinued during such default.
b. If a disability beneficiary becomes employed again in a position which makes him eligible to be a member of the retirement system, his retirement allowance and the right to any death benefit as a result of his former membership, shall be canceled until he again retires.
Such person shall be reenrolled in the retirement system and shall contribute thereto at a rate based on his age at the time of his prior enrollment. Such person shall be treated as an active member for determining disability or death benefits while in service and no benefits pursuant to an optional selection with respect to his former membership shall be paid if his death shall occur during the period of such reenrollment.
Upon subsequent retirement of such member, he shall receive a retirement allowance based on all his service as a member, computed in accordance with applicable provisions of this article, but the total retirement allowance upon subsequent retirement shall not be a greater proportion of his final compensation than the proportion to which he would have been entitled had he remained in service during the period of his prior retirement. Any death benefit to which such member shall be eligible shall be based on his latest retirement.
L.1967, c.271; amended by L.1968, c. 228, s. 7, eff. July 31, 1968; L.1971, c. 121, s. 21, eff. April 29, 1971.