2013 ORS § 238.488¹
Payment of benefits
  • employer contributions

(1) A member of the Public Employees Retirement System, or the beneficiary of that member, who by reason of the benefit limitations imposed by Internal Revenue Code section 415 receives a retirement allowance under the system that is less than the allowance the member or beneficiary would otherwise have received under ORS chapter 238, excluding any payments the member or beneficiary may receive under this section and ORS 238.485 (Fund established) and 238.490 (Administrative expenses), shall receive from the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund a monthly amount equal to the difference. Any overpayment or improperly made payment from the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund may be recovered from the member or beneficiary, or from payments to the member or beneficiary from the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund, in the same manner as provided in ORS 238.715 (Recovery of overpayments) for recovery of overpayments and improperly made payments from the Public Employees Retirement Fund. Notwithstanding ORS 238.445 (Benefits exempt from execution, bankruptcy and certain taxes), an overpayment or improperly made payment from the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund may be recovered on behalf of the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund from payments to the member or beneficiary from the Public Employees Retirement Fund in the same manner as provided in ORS 238.715 (Recovery of overpayments) for recovery of overpayments and improperly made payments from the Public Employees Retirement Fund if:

(a) No payments are being made to the member or beneficiary from the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund at the time recovery of an overpayment or improperly made payment is sought; or

(b) The Public Employees Retirement Board in its discretion determines that the payments being made from the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund are inadequate to ensure full recovery of the overpayment or improperly made payment.

(2) A public employer that participates or has participated in the Public Employees Retirement System and that employs or has employed a member of the system who receives a benefit under subsection (1) of this section, or whose beneficiary receives a benefit under subsection (1) of this section, must contribute to the Public Employees Retirement Board a sum equal to all amounts paid to the member or beneficiary that is attributable to the members employment by the public employer, plus any amount assessed by the board to pay administrative costs under ORS 238.490 (Administrative expenses) (3). If the member has retirement credit attributable to employment with more than one public employer, the board shall allocate the costs of the benefit under this section among the public employers involved, based on the members length of service with each employer.

(3) A public employer that makes a contribution to the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund under subsection (2) of this section shall receive a credit equal to the amount of the contribution against any obligation of the public employer to make contributions to the Public Employees Retirement Fund under ORS 238.225 (Employer contributions). The credit shall be equal to the amount paid by the employer to the board under subsection (2) of this section less any sums paid to the board by the public employer for administrative costs under ORS 238.490 (Administrative expenses) (3). The board shall apply the credit to reduce the public employers payment obligation under ORS 238.225 (Employer contributions) for the month in which the payment is made under this section. The credit does not reduce any obligation below zero and any credit not used may be carried over as a credit against future obligations under ORS 238.225 (Employer contributions).

(4) All amounts collected from public employers under this section shall be deposited in the Public Employee Benefit Equalization Fund established by ORS 238.485 (Fund established).

(5) The Public Employees Retirement Board shall pay the benefits specified in subsection (1) of this section only to the extent that the benefits have been funded by contributions made by the members employer under subsection (2) of this section before the date on which the benefits are to be paid. The Public Employees Retirement Board may enforce the provisions of subsection (2) of this section in the manner provided in ORS 238.705 (State departments to remit contributions and furnish reports) and 238.710 (Mandamus against defaulting employer) for the enforcement of employer contributions to the Public Employees Retirement Fund.

(6) The board shall notify all participating employers of the records and information needed for the implementation and administration of this section. Each participating employer shall maintain records for all employees who are members of the system, and all former employees who have been members of the system, and shall supply the board with all information required by the board to allow the board to identify members and beneficiaries who are entitled to payment under subsection (1) of this section. [1997 c.201 §3]