Methuen Retirement Board Supplemental Regulations

April 1, 2008

Creditable Service

Members of the Methuen Retirement System who are in a “no pay” status or who are taken off the payroll for any reason during any given calendar month will only accrue creditable service during that calendar month if the member works seventy-five percent (75 %’) of the scheduled monthly hours required by the position. Members who are in a no pay status or who are taken off the payroll during any calendar month and who do not work the requisite 75% of the hours in the calendar month may combine two or more consecutive months during which the member did not work 75% of the required hours to accrue additional creditable service. For example: if 75% of the required hours for a particular position equals 120 hours and a member works 60 hours in two different consecutive calendar months, the member would receive one (1) month of  creditable service.

December 3, 2003

Creditable Service for Board Members

Members wishing to purchase creditable service for service on a paid [unelected] board will be granted three months of service time for each year served.  The retirement board determined that one week per month of service is fair and equitable where a member received a stipend for service on a City board resulting in twelve weeks of service per calendar year.
 

September 26, 2003

Veteran’s buy back

After proper application by the member, the board will notify the member of the cost of purchasing their veterans service. The member will have 30 days to decide whether they wish to make this purchase.  The payment may be spread over five years time, but must begin 30 days from the date of notification of the cost.

November 29, 2001

Creditable Service

Any member employed on a full-time basis who becomes part-time shall receive credit for his/her part-time service on a pro-rated basis as it related to a full-time position.

November 29, 2001

Creditable Service

Any member who became part-time before [the date of this regulation] shall receive creditable service as though full-time creditable service has been performed, and as of [the date of this regulation] shall receive credit for his/her part-time service on a pro-rated basis as it related to a full-time position.

November 2, 2001

 

Military Service

The purchase of military service time [pursuant to the voluntary purchase provisions of G.L. c. 32, § 4(1)(h)] must be paid in full before retirement, [and] the payment can be spread over five years. The decision to purchase this service [after the member has applied within the 180 day application period] must be made 30 days from notification.

October 12, 2001

 

Military Service

The purchase of military service time [pursuant to the voluntary purchase provisions of G.L. c. 32, § 4(1)(h)] must be paid in full before retirement, [and] the payment can be spread over five years…

May 9, 1995

Creditable Service

Employees whose beginning service was less than 20 hours/40 weeks will have this creditable service credited as actual.

When calculating part time service prior to March 27, 1995 for the purposes of a buy back, the retirement board will grant creditable service equal to what was actually worked using 40 weeks a year as the minimum for a full year of service.  Example, if an employee worked 20 hours a week for 40 weeks a year for ten years they would be allowed to purchase 5.7 years of service (20/35x10=5.7143).

When calculating retirement allowances of part time employees currently in the system, full years of service and actual salary will be used.

May 9, 1995

Membership

The criterion for eligibility for membership is that the individual works a minimum of thirty hours a week, for a minimum of forty weeks a year.  All employees will then be considered full time and earn creditable service in full years.

January 7, 1994

Membership

The criterion for eligibility to become a member of the retirement system is that the individual works a minimum of 20 hours per week.
(Amended by supplementary rule approved May 9, 1995)

May 1, 1991

Appeal Procedures

Upon receipt of any written decision of the Division of Administrative Law Appeals and after consultation with the Solicitor; the Administrator, Chairman and Secretary will confer via telephone and decide by a majority of the Board if Objections should be filed in the case.
At the next regularly scheduled Board meeting this action will be either ratified or the objections will be withdrawn.

December 26, 1985

Membership

The criteria for eligibility to become a member of the retirement system is that the individual work a minimum of 20 hours per week or receive a minimum salary of $4,000 annually.
(Amended by supplementary rule approved January 7, 1994).

In all cases of application for membership, when no set hours are required, the retirement board shall determine, after hearing evidence, the eligibility of the applicant pursuant to G.L. c. 32, § 4(2)(b).

In the case of a person employed as a temporary worker, upon the extension of their initial employment period, the retirement board would then review their status as to whether he/she would become a full time employee.

December 26, 1985

Creditable Service

When calculating creditable service, the exact number of weeks in proportion to the normal full time workweek for the particular position would be used.  Example, if a person works 20 hours a week and the full workweek is 35 hours, they would be given 20/35 or 4/7 of a year as creditable service.

That 35 hours be considered the standard workweek for High School Lunch employees in calculating their pensions.

That 40 weeks be considered a full year of service for cafeteria workers, teacher aides, and school secretaries.