Somerville Retirement Board Supplemental Regulations

Subject:

Regulation:

MEMBERSHIP:

November 29, 1994
To allow full-time, including provisional and temporary, employees to join the Somerville Retirement System immediately upon employment.

March 28, 1988
Persons who were employed by the City of Somerville prior to January 1, 1984 and are being paid out of Federal Funds will become members of the Somerville Retirement System at an annual contribution rate of 7% due to the fact that they had been denied membership prior to that date.

December 26, 1984
Regularly employed part-time employees working a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week must join the retirement system upon first date of employment;

Provisional or temporary part-time employees working a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week must join the retirement system after working for six (6) consecutive months;

No employees may join the retirement system unless they work a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week;

All non-elected board members must join the retirement system upon the first date of employment;

Election department employees paid by name for census are not eligible for membership in the retirement system;

All new employees shall be examined by a physician and a written report shall be filed in the retirement system prior to their acceptance in the retirement system;

Board members shall receive one (1) year of service for each year of service;
Part-time employees who work at least twenty (20) hours per week shall receive one (1) year of service for each year of service;

Seasonal part-time employees who work at least twenty hours per week for seven (7) months or for the full season whichever is larger shall receive one (1) year of service of each year of service;

The following formula shall be used for all hourly persons working for less than twenty (20) hours per week and for those seasonal employees who do not work for at least seven (7) months or the full season whichever is longer:

  • number of hours worked per year divided by twenty (20)
  • divided the normal working period of the position
  • multiplied 12 months = creditable service granted. (AMENDED November 29, 1994).

CREDITABLE SERVICE:

August 19, 1994
All members of the Somerville Retirement System whether they be full-time or part-time shall be granted 12 months creditable service for each full year of membership.

May 19, 1998
1). That persons employed by the Election Department for working on the “census” may not pay a makeup for this time.

2). That draftsman (interns) hired by the Department of Public Works on a temporary basis will not join the Somerville Retirement System.

REGULAR COMPENSATION:

August 16, 1995
Hazardous Duty Material monies paid to Somerville Fire Department employees shall be considered regular compensation.

MISCELLANEOUS:

April 1, 2014
5 and 2 Schedule, Buyback of Days of the Police Associations' Contracts states: "Employees assigned to a Monday -Friday schedule may, at their option, annually elect to buy back up to five (5) of the 17 1/3 additional days off each receives, at their applicable daily rate of pay, by notice to the Police Department, in which event the number of additional days off each receives shall be reduced by the number of buyback days elected and paid for.  The annual election and payment for such buyback days shall be made in January of each year for the prior calendar year".

The 17 1/3 "additional days off'' per the Police contract for the 5-2 scheduled Police Officers are not considered regular compensation based on "payment for services performed" or character of the work.

The "additional days off'' are lost if not used (balance cannot be carried forward at year end), not paid out if they leave and these days are above and beyond vacation days. Unlike vacation days, they do not get paid for them when they leave, which is an important component of vacation days being qualified in Memo 39-2012. Therefore, the 17 1/3  "additional days off'' do not possess the characteristics of vacation days and are not applicable to Memo 39-2012 and are not regular compensation. Retirement deductions will NOT be deducted from these 5 paid out days.

April 24, 1985
To classify licensed electricians employed by the Somerville Housing Authority in Group 2 as of March 14, 1985.