Arlington Retirement Board Supplemental Regulations

Subject:

Regulation:

MEMBERSHIP:

 

 

March 12, 2013:
All permanent employees who are employed by the Town of Arlington, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington Housing Authority or the Arlington Retirement Board and employed at an annual rate of regular compensation of $5,000 or greater and work a minimum of Eighteen and Three Quarters Hours (18.75) hours per week shall be eligible for membership in the Arlington Contributory Retirement System (“System”).

Elected Officials and Appointed Board Members who are paid at least $5,000 per year in regular compensation are eligible for membership, but are not required to satisfy the 18.75 hour per week minimum criteria.

Traffic Supervisors who are employed in a permanent position consisting of working both a morning and afternoon shift and are employed at an annual rate regular compensation of $5,000.00 or greater shall be eligible for membership in the system. 

 

CREDITABLE SERVICE:

March 12, 2013:
Any member who meets the membership criteria shall receive full creditable service.

A member whose hours are involuntarily reduced below 18.75 shall continue to receive full creditable service. 

In the case of school employees whose position does not require them to work while the school are closed from approximately June to September said employees shall receive one (1) month of creditable service for each full month the employee is receiving regular compensation.  Said employees shall be granted creditable service if they return to that position or another position in the schools by the opening of school in the following September.  They shall be granted service only for the months worked if they do not return after summer break.

BUYBACK:
Upon becoming a member of the Arlington Contributory Retirement System the said member may purchase non-membership time if the position paid an annual rate regular compensation of $5,000 or greater and the calculation for the creditable service will be based on 1 month for every 75 hours worked.  Creditable Service will only be granted in full months.

 

REGULAR COMPENSATION:

March 21, 2000:
Regular Compensation shall include:

  • Base annual salary.
  • Longevity pay.
  • Cost of living adjustments.
  • Educational incentives.
  • Night and shift differentials.
  • Holiday pay for public safety positions.
  • Salary paid for temporary promotions (working out of grade).
  • The portion of a deferred pay raise that is considered regular compensation (applies to employees as previously provided by Town Meeting votes).
  • Salary paid from federal grants which would otherwise be regular compensation.

Regular deductions for retirement shall be made from regular compensation.

Regular compensation shall not include:

  • Overtime pay.
  • Payment for unused sick leave.
  • Payment for unused vacation in a lump sum at the time of retirement.
  • Payment for unused personal days in a lump sum at the time of retirement.
  • Bonuses
  • Any payment received solely as a result of giving notice of retirement.
  • Auto allowance paid in a lump sum(s) not in the form of a reimbursement.
  • Clothing allowance paid in a lump sum(s) not in the form of a reimbursement.
  • Tool allowance paid in a lump sum(s) not in the form of a reimbursement.

This supplemental rule further defines regular compensation and is consistent with the provisions of G.L. c. 32 and the Commission’s regulations.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

May 1, 2013:
 The Arlington Retirement Board has adopted for new members effective May 1, 2013 G.L. 32 § 13(1)(c) requiring a member entitled to receive a retirement allowance to designate a financial institution to which shall be directly deposited any payments under any annuity, pension or retirement allowance.

October 18, 2002:
Re-title of Fire and Police Signal Operators
Any member holding the title “Communication Dispatcher” with the job description supplied replace the positions of “fire or police signal operators”, as stated in Chapter 32, § 3(2)(g) Group 2.

July 2, 2002:
Non-elected Board Members
Non-elected board members who are compensated will be granted membership in the Arlington Contributory Retirement System. If a Board member’s salary is $2,500.00 annually or less, he/she shall be credited with one year of creditable service for every five years served. If a Board Member’s annual salary is more than $2,500.00, he/she shall be eligible for one year of creditable service for each year served. Board members who serve less than a full year will be eligible for proportional credit based upon the number of months served less than a year.

January 30, 2002:
Elections
The Arlington Retirement Board shall conduct a simultaneous election for the two elected members of the Board. Both terms of the elected members shall be for three years and expire on the same date. In conducting the election, the Board shall place all candidates who have been nominated in conformance with 840 CMR 7.04 on one ballot. All eligible candidates shall be listed on the ballot in an order determined by a random drawing of the names of the candidates. In the event that only two candidates have been nominated, the Board shall declare said candidates to be the elected members of the Board, no elections shall be held, and said candidates shall take office and serve in all respects as though he or she had been elected by election. If there are more than two candidates, an election shall be conducted and each member of or retired from the Arlington Retirement Board shall be allowed to vote for not more than two candidates. Upon tabulation of the ballots, the two candidates who receive the most votes shall be declared the elected members of the Board. In the event of a vacancy, a new election shall be conducted to fill a vacancy as soon as practicable and the member elected shall serve for the unexpired portion of the vacant term.