2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 43 - PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
Chapter 21
Section 43:21-35 - Termination of private plans.

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 43:21-35 (2018)

Section: 43:21-35: Termination of private plans.


11. (a) If the division is furnished satisfactory evidence that a majority of the employees covered by an approved private plan have made election in writing to discontinue such plan, the division shall withdraw its approval of such plan effective at the end of the calendar quarter next succeeding that in which such evidence is furnished. Upon receipt of a petition therefor signed by not less than 10\% of the employees covered by an approved private plan, the division shall require the employer upon 30 days' written notice to conduct an election by ballot in writing to determine whether or not a majority of the employees covered by such private plan favor discontinuance thereof; provided, that such election shall not be required more often than once in any 12-month period.

(b) Unless sooner permitted, for cause, by the division, no approved private plan shall be terminated by an employer, in whole or in part, until at least 30 days after written notice of intention so to do has been given by the employer to the division and after notices are conspicuously posted so as reasonably to assure their being seen, or after individual notices are given to the employees concerned.

(c) The division may, after notice and hearing, withdraw its approval of any approved private plan if it finds that there is danger that the benefits accrued or to accrue will not be paid, that the security for such payment is insufficient, or for other good cause shown. No employer, and no union or association representing employees, shall so administer or apply the provisions of an approved private plan as to derive any profit therefrom. The division may withdraw its approval from any private plan which is administered or applied in violation of this provision.

(d) No termination of an approved private plan shall affect the payment of benefits, in accordance with the provisions of the plan, to employees whose period of disability commenced prior to the date of termination. Employees who have ceased to be covered by an approved private plan because of its termination shall, subject to the limitations and restrictions of this act, become eligible forthwith for benefits from the State Disability Benefits Fund for a period of disability commencing after such cessation, and contributions with respect to their wages shall immediately become payable as otherwise provided by law. Any withdrawal of approval of a private plan pursuant to this section shall be reviewable by writ of certiorari or by such other procedure as may be provided by law. With respect to a period of family temporary disability leave immediately after the individual has a period of disability during the individual's own disability, the period of disability is deemed, for the purposes of determining whether the period of disability commenced prior to the date of the termination, to have commenced at the beginning of the period of disability during the individual's own disability, not the period of family temporary disability leave.

(e) Anything in this act to the contrary notwithstanding, a covered employer who, under an approved private plan, is providing benefits at least equal to those required by the State plan, may modify the benefits under the private plan so as to provide benefits not less than the benefits required by the State plan. Individuals covered under a private plan shall not be required to contribute to the plan at a rate exceeding 3/4 of 1\% of the amount of "wages" established for any calendar year under the provisions of R.S.43:21-7(b) prior to January 1, 1975, and 1/2 of 1\% for calendar years beginning on or after January 1, 1975 and before January 1, 2009. For a calendar year beginning on or after January 1, 2009 and before January 1, 2012: an employer providing a private plan only for benefits for employees during their own disabilities may require the employees to contribute to the plan at a rate not exceeding 0.5\% of the amount of "wages" established for the calendar year under the provisions of R.S.43:21-7(b); an employer providing a private plan only for benefits for employees during periods of family temporary disability may require the individuals covered by the private plan to contribute an amount not exceeding the amount the individuals would pay pursuant to R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(ii); an employer providing a private plan both for benefits for employees during their own disabilities and for benefits during periods of family temporary disability may require the employees to contribute to the plan at a rate not exceeding 0.5\% of the amount of "wages" established for the calendar year under the provisions of R.S.43:21-7(b) plus an additional amount not exceeding the amount the individuals would pay pursuant to R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(ii). For a calendar year beginning on or after January 1, 2012: an employer providing a private plan only for benefits for employees during their own disabilities may require the employees to contribute to the plan at a rate not exceeding the amount the individuals would pay pursuant to R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(i); an employer providing a private plan only for benefits for employees during periods of family temporary disability may require the individuals covered by the private plan to contribute an amount not exceeding the amount the individuals would pay pursuant to R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(ii); an employer providing a private plan both for benefits for employees during their own disabilities and for benefits during periods of family temporary disability may require the employees to contribute to the plan an amount not exceeding the amount the individuals would pay pursuant to R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(i) and R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(ii). Notification of the proposed modification shall be given by the employer to the division and to the individuals covered under the plan.

L.1948, c.110, s.11; amended 1952, c.188, s.2; 1971, c.346, s.14; 1974, c.86, s.8; 2008, c.17, s.4; 2011, c.88, s.2.

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