2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Chapter 13 - Filling vacancies in trustees of certain trust funds; resignation of trustees
Section 43:13-22.15 - Members and conditions of membership in retirement system

Section: 43:13-22.15: Members and conditions of membership in retirement system

The members and conditions of membership in the retirement system created by this act shall be as follows:

(a) All persons who shall hereafter become employees of the city prior to attaining the age of 45 years, shall, upon satisfactory completion of 3 months' service, become members of the retirement system herein created, as a condition of their employment; provided that all such persons shall submit to and pass the physical and mental examination required by the commission and shall furnish such evidence of good health, at said time, as the commission shall require; provided further, however, that the failure to pass the said physical and mental examination or failure to furnish satisfactory evidence of good health at such time shall not deprive the employee of his employment.

The failure of any employee-member to comply with the rules and regulations prescribed by the commission, pursuant to this act, shall result in the suspension or termination of membership in, or benefits of, this retirement system as may be provided from time to time by the commission.

(b) All present employees of the city, as herein defined, who had not attained the age of 45 years at the time of their permanent appointment and are found physically and mentally fit, and are not members of any retirement system supported wholly or in part by the city, may become members of the retirement system created by this act, upon written application made to the commission within 2 months after the establishment of the commission, under one of the following two plans:

(1) To receive credit for all the time served as a permanent employee with the city prior to joining the retirement system. Such employee shall pay into the fund a sum of money equal to an amount based upon the percentage hereinafter stated that would have been deducted from his salary from June 1, 1928, or from the date of his permanent employment, whichever is the lesser period; provided, however, that if the employee desires to receive credit for only a portion of the time served as a permanent employee he shall make payments accordingly and shall receive credit for that portion of the said prior service as is covered by these payments. Said sum of money may be paid in one lump sum or by regular payroll period deductions from the salary, together with the regular deductions provided by this act, until completed; and the financial officer of the city is authorized to deduct the said amounts from the salary of said employee. Upon such payment or payments being made, the city shall annually pay into the retirement system, herein provided for, a sum of money equal in amount to the employee's total principal payment without interest. All payments aforesaid by the employee shall be made together with 3\% interest on the total amount of such payments. The maximum length of time for the payment of all employee's arrears and interest shall be 10 years from the date of membership in the fund.

(2) By regular deductions from the salary of any employee electing to become a member of the fund, without the benefit of prior service, if any, and credit therefor hereunder. Said deductions shall commence upon membership in the fund; and such employee shall not receive credit for any prior services rendered theretofore in his municipal office of position.

(c) All employees who at the time of the adoption and approval of this act are members of any of the following retirement systems in effect in said city, under and by virtue of article 2, chapter 13, Title 43 of the Revised Statutes; and of chapter 18, Title 43 of the Revised Statutes; and of chapter 19, Title 43 of the Revised Statutes, shall, upon the effective date of this act, automatically become members of the city employees' retirement system provided for by this act; and every such employee shall be deemed to agree and consent to such transfer of his membership.

(d) All present and future employee members of this employment retirement system may purchase, in addition to their permanent employment credits, temporary service credits for all time of temporary service which was continuous and immediately preceded their permanent employment, at the percentage rate and salary prevailing at date of application.

L.1954, c. 218, p. 814, s. 13. Amended by L.1957, c. 189, p. 685, s. 2; L.1968, c. 453, s. 1, eff. Feb. 21, 1969; L.1979, c. 281, s. 2, eff. Jan. 8, 1980.

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