Bill Text: NY A07784 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes accidental disability retirement for correction officers, correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrol and deputy sheriff patrol supervisors; provides that the annual retirement allowance payable upon accidental disability retirement shall be a pension of three-quarters of a member's final average salary.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-19 - REFERRED TO RULES [A07784 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07784-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         7784--A

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      May 21, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. ABBATE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on  Governmental  Employees  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in  relation  to
          establishing accidental disability retirement for correction officers,
          correction  supervisors,  deputy  sheriff  patrol  and  deputy sheriff
          patrol supervisors

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The retirement and social security law is amended by adding
     2  a new section 605-f to read as follows:
     3    §  605-f.  Accidental  disability  retirement for correction officers,
     4  correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrol and deputy sheriff  patrol
     5  supervisors.  a.  A  member employed as a correction officer, correction
     6  supervisor, deputy sheriff patrol and deputy sheriff  patrol  supervisor
     7  shall  be  entitled to an accidental disability retirement allowance if,
     8  at the time application therefor is filed, such member is:
     9    1. Physically or mentally incapacitated for performance of duty as the
    10  natural and proximate result of an  accident,  unless  the  contrary  be
    11  proved  by  competent  evidence,  not  caused  by his or her own willful
    12  negligence, sustained in such service and while actually a member of the
    13  retirement system; and
    14    2. Actually in service upon which his  or  her  membership  is  based.
    15  However,  in  a  case where a member is discontinued from service subse-
    16  quent to the accident, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and provided
    17  that the member meets the requirements of paragraph one of this subdivi-
    18  sion, application may be made not later than two years after the  member
    19  is first discontinued from service.
    20    b.  Application  for an accidental disability retirement allowance for
    21  such a member may be made by:
    22    1. Such member; or

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09483-05-9

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     1    2. The head of the department in which such member is employed; or
     2    3. Any person acting on behalf of and authorized by such member.
     3    c.  1.  After  the filing of such an application, such member shall be
     4  given one or more medical examinations. No  such  application  shall  be
     5  approved,  however, unless the member or some other person on his or her
     6  behalf shall have filed written notice in the office of the  comptroller
     7  within ninety days after the accident, setting forth:
     8    (a) The time when and the place where such accident occurred; and
     9    (b) The particulars thereof; and
    10    (c) The nature and extent of the member's injuries; and
    11    (d) His or her alleged incapacity.
    12    2. The notice herein required need not be given:
    13    (a)  If  the notice of such accident shall be filed in accordance with
    14  the provisions of the workers' compensation  law  of  any  state  within
    15  which  a  participating  employer  shall  have  its employees located or
    16  performing functions and duties within the normal scope of their employ-
    17  ment; or
    18    (b) If the application for accidental disability retirement  is  filed
    19  within one year after the date of such accident; or
    20    (c)  If a failure to file notice has been excused for good cause shown
    21  as provided by rules and regulations promulgated by the comptroller.
    22    d. If the comptroller determines that  the  member  is  physically  or
    23  mentally  incapacitated  for  the  performance  of  duty and ought to be
    24  retired for accidental disability, such  member  shall  be  so  retired.
    25  Such  retirement  shall  be effective as of a date approved by the comp-
    26  troller.
    27    e. The annual retirement allowance payable upon accidental  disability
    28  retirement  shall  be  a  pension  of three-quarters of his or her final
    29  average salary. The payment of such pension  shall  be  subject  to  the
    30  provisions of section sixty-four of this chapter.
    31    f.  If  the  member, at the time of the filing of an application under
    32  the provisions of subdivision b of  this  section,  is  eligible  for  a
    33  service retirement benefit, then and in that event, he or she may simul-
    34  taneously  file an application for service retirement in accordance with
    35  the provisions of section seventy of this  chapter,  provided  that  the
    36  member  indicates  on  the  application for service retirement that such
    37  application is filed without prejudice to the application for accidental
    38  disability retirement.
    39    g. Notwithstanding any other provision  of  law,  this  section  shall
    40  apply  to  correction  officers,  correction supervisors, deputy sheriff
    41  patrol and deputy sheriff patrol supervisors who were hired on or  after
    42  July twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred seventy-six.
    43    §  2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, none
    44  of the provisions of this act shall be subject  to  section  25  of  the
    45  retirement and social security law.
    46    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
          FISCAL NOTE.--Pursuant to Legislative Law, Section 50:
          This  bill  would allow Tier 3, 4, 5 and 6 county correction officers,
        correction supervisors, deputy sheriff patrol and deputy sheriff  patrol
        supervisors to be eligible for an accidental disability if the member is
        physically  or  mentally  incapacitated  for  performance of duty as the
        natural and proximate result of an  accident,  unless  the  contrary  be
        proven  by  competent evidence. The benefit for an accidental disability
        would be 75% of final average salary  less  worker's  compensation.  The
        provisions  of  Section  25  of  the  Retirement and Social Security Law
        (RSSL) do not apply.

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          If this bill is enacted, the cost will vary depending  on  a  member's
        plan. For members currently covered under the provisions of Article 14-B
        of  the  RSSL,  the  future  annual cost will be 0.3% of salary. For all
        other members, the future annual cost will be 1.5% of  salary.  However,
        there is no cost if an employer has already elected Section 607-c of the
        RSSL.
          In addition to the annual contributions discussed above, there will be
        an  immediate  past service cost which will vary depending on a member's
        plan. For members currently covered under the provisions of Article 14-B
        of the RSSL, the past service cost will be 2.9% of salary. For all other
        members, the past service cost will be 6.3%. However, there is  no  cost
        if an employer has already elected 607-c of the RSSL. This cost would be
        shared  by  the State of New York and all participating employers of the
        New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System.
          The exact number of members who could be affected by this  legislation
        cannot be readily determined.
          Summary of relevant resources:
          The  membership  data  used  in  measuring  the impact of the proposed
        change was the same as that used in the March 31, 2018  actuarial  valu-
        ation.    Distributions  and  other  statistics can be found in the 2018
        Report of the  Actuary  and  the  2018  Comprehensive  Annual  Financial
        Report.
          The  actuarial assumptions and methods used are described in the 2015,
        2016, 2017 and 2018  Annual  Report  to  the  Comptroller  on  Actuarial
        Assumptions,  and  the  Codes  Rules and Regulations of the State of New
        York: Audit and Control.
          The Market Assets and GASB Disclosures are found in the March 31, 2018
        New York State and Local  Retirement  System  Financial  Statements  and
        Supplementary Information.
          I am a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and meet the Quali-
        fication Standards to render the actuarial opinion contained herein.
          This  fiscal note does not constitute a legal opinion on the viability
        of the proposed change nor is it intended to serve as a  substitute  for
        the professional judgment of an attorney.
          This  estimate,  dated  June 7, 2019, and intended for use only during
        the 2019 Legislative Session, is Fiscal Note No. 2019-139,  prepared  by
        the Actuary for the New York State and Local Retirement System.
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