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Chapter 32

     
GENERAL LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS
  
CHAPTER 32. RETIREMENT SYSTEMS AND PENSIONS.
  

This is Not the official version of Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL). While reasonable efforts have been made to assure the accuracy of the data provided, do not rely on this information without first checking the Official Edition of the MGL. If you are in need of legal advice or counsel, consult a lawyer. This page includes all amendments to Chapter 32 passed through April 30, 2012. For laws enacted since that time, see the 2012 Session Laws.

Please note that this posting does not include Chapter 32 in its entirety.

To access a particular section, click on the section number or title below:

   
Sections
Number
   Title  
     
   Definitions   
     
   Description of retirement systems
     

3

   Membership
     

3A

   Ineligible employees; deferred compensation program
     

4

   Creditable service
     

5

   Superannuation retirement
     

5A

   Wellness program
     

5B

   Early intervention plans; rehabilitation plans
     
   Ordinary disability retirement
     

7

   Accidental disability retirement
     
   Evaluation and reexamination of members retired for disability
     

9

   Accidental death benefit
     

10

   Resignation, failure of re-election or reappointment, removal or discharge
     

11

   Return of accumulated total deductions and amounts due beneficiaries of deceased members
     

12

   Options on retirement
     

12A

   Payment of allowances to certain beneficiaries pending determination of accidental death benefits
     

12B

   Spouse and children; survivor benefits
     

12C

   Widow and children survivor benefits; manner of payment; contributions
     

13

   Payment of allowances
     

14

   Effect of workers' compensation benefits
     

14A

   Third party recovery
     

15

   Dereliction of duty by members
     
   Involuntary retirement; right to a hearing; right of review or appeal
     

17

   Action on behalf of incompetent members
     
   Filing of statements and reports; protection against fraud
     

19

   Exemption from taxation, attachments and assignments; exception
     

19A

   Assignment of retirement allowances for certain subscriber premiums or for payment of income taxes
     

19B

   Withholding for payment of insurance premiums; certification of eligible members; death; payment of benefits
     

19C

   Annuity, retirement allowance, etc. subject to child support obligations; payment to IV-D agency
     
   Administration by boards
 
  

Civil action against board member; expenses and damages; indemnification

     
   Indemnification
     

20C

  

Retirement board member statement of financial interest

 

21

  

Supervision by public employee retirement administration commission

 

21A

  

Debarment or suspension of contractors or vendors

     

22

  

Methods of financing

     

22A

  

Repealed, 1983, 661, Sec 16A

     
   Reduction of unfunded pension liability
     
22C 
   Commonwealth's pension liability fund; funding schedules; appropriations
     

22D

   Retirement system funding schedule; establishment; annual pension funding grants
     

23

   Management of funds
     

23A

   Repealed, 1996, 315, Sec. 13
 

23B

   Requirements applicable to retirement board contracts for the procurement of investment, actuarial, legal and accounting services
 

24

   Violations of contributory retirement laws
     

25

   Guarantees; effects of amendments or repeal; mandamus
     

26

   Retirement of officers in department of state police
     

27

   Disposition of funds as of January 1, 1946
     

28

   Acceptance of act
     

28A

   Retirement of certain officers in department of state police
     
  Department of correction employees; retirement
 
  Correction or jail officers employed by county sheriffs' offices; retirement
 
  Retirement after thirty years' service
 
  Wartime service in armed forces as creditable service
 
  Election of option for benefit of surviving spouse or other beneficiary of veteran
 
  Retirement allowances of policemen and firemen
 
  Retirement allowances of employees other than policemen and firemen
 
  "Retiring authority" defined.
 
  Part of service in governmental unit other than retiring unit; reimbursement
 
  Acceptance of secs. 56-59; minimum period of creditable service
 
  Repealed, 1954, 627, Sec. 15
 
  Increasing allowance of former employees retired for accidental disability
 
  Waiver of pension or retirement allowance
 
  Increasing allowance of former employees retired on superannuation
 
  Increasing allowance of former employees retired on ordinary disability
 
  Increasing allowance of former employees whose classification has been abolished
 
  Employees age seventy or over; continuation of retirement benefits; retirement system board and local legislative body approval
 
  Employees age seventy or over; payment of annual physical and mental examination costs; retirement system board and local legislative body approval
 
  Payment of pensioners for services after retirement
 
  Adjusted pension or retirement allowances
     
  Enforcement of section 91A; wage reporting system and computer match file
     
  Access to criminal records offender information; comparison with retirement allowances list
     
  Certain pensions not affected
 
  Impairment of health caused by hypertension or heart disease, resulting in disability or death of paid fire or police department member; presumption
 
  Disability or death caused by disease of lungs or respiratory tract; paid fire department member; presumption
 
  Disability or death caused by certain conditions of cancer; paid fire member; presumption
 
  Pensions to surviving spouses of firefighters, police officers or corrections officers killed in performance of duties
     
  Killed-in-line-of-duty benefits
 
  Allowance to widows of disabled public employees
 
  Cost-of-living; annual determination of changes; supplemental payments; adjustments in amounts of pensions and annuities
     
  Systems other than state employees' retirement system and teachers' retirement system; cost-of living; funding schedule; annual determination of changes; supplemental payments
     
  Section 401(a)(17) excess fund; section 415 excess benefit funds
     
  Reinstatement
 
 
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