2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-17-116.12. Reduction-in-force termination credit.
A. A member of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma who has ten (10) or more years of full-time-equivalent employment with a participating employer, and who is terminated by a state agency or other state governmental entity because the member's position is eliminated through a reduction-in-force after July 1, 1998, and is within three (3) years of retirement as prescribed in Section 17-105 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, may purchase termination credit of a period not to exceed the lesser of three (3) years or the number of years or months or both years and months required in order for the member to reach normal retirement date in the same period of time and with the same service credit which would have otherwise accrued if the termination had not occurred.
B. In order to receive the termination credit authorized by this section, the member shall be required to file an election with the System indicating an intent to purchase the credit. The member shall have a period of six (6) months from the date the member is terminated as described in subsection A of this section within which to file the election.
C. To purchase the termination credit, the member shall be required to make payment to the System of an amount equal to both the employer and employee contributions which would have been paid to the System based upon the maximum compensation level as defined in subsection (28) of Section 17-101 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which was received by the member in the last full month that the member was employed by the state agency or other state governmental entity multiplied by the number of months required in order for the combination of the participating service and member's age to equal the amount required for the member to reach normal retirement date with an unreduced benefit as if the member had not been terminated.
D. The member must make full payment to the System of all required contribution amounts within sixty (60) days of filing the election to purchase the credit. The member must vest his or her benefits with a declared future retirement date as of the first month the member is eligible for normal retirement. Failure to make the full payment to the System of the required contribution amounts, for any reason, within the time prescribed, shall result in cancellation of the election provided pursuant to this section, and return of the purchase amount tendered, without interest.
E. Purchased termination credit may only be used as service credit to qualify the member for normal retirement.
F. If the member chooses to retire at any time prior to the member's normal retirement date or returns to employment with a participating employer of the System at any time prior to retirement, the purchase of termination credit pursuant to this section shall be void, and the System will return the purchase amount tendered, without interest.
G. In the event of the death of the member prior to retirement, the member's spouse, if otherwise eligible for benefits pursuant to Section 17-105 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, may elect to receive benefits which include the termination credit on the member's declared future retirement date, or may elect to receive a return of the purchase amount tendered, without interest.
Added by Laws 1998, c. 256, § 9, eff. July 1, 1998.