2007 ORS 238.325¹
Optional disability retirement allowance calculations

(1) At any time after establishing membership, but before the expiration of 90 days after the Public Employees Retirement Board makes its finding that the employee is disabled, an employee who is a member of the Public Employees Retirement System may elect to convert the disability retirement allowance otherwise payable on the member account of the member into a disability retirement annuity of equivalent actuarial value, by selecting one of the optional forms named below. The election of Option 2, 2A, 3 or 3A shall be effective immediately upon the effective date of the member’s disability, and in the event of death within the first 90-day period of incapacity, payment to the beneficiary of the member shall be made in accordance with the option selected.

Option 1. (a) A life annuity (nonrefund) payable during the member’s life only, which shall be the actuarial equivalent of the accumulated contributions and interest thereon credited to the member at the time the member retires (if death occurs before the first payment is due, the member account of the member shall be treated as though death had occurred before retirement); (b) a life pension (nonrefund) provided by the contributions of employers as provided in ORS 238.320 (Disability retirement allowance) (1)(b); (c) an additional nonrefund pension for prior service credit, including military service, credited to the member at the time the member first becomes a member of the system, as elsewhere provided in this chapter, which pension shall be provided by the contributions of the employer; or

Option 2. A reduced disability retirement allowance payable during the period of incapacity, with the provision that after death, if death shall occur after the effective date of the disability and during the period of incapacity, it shall continue for the life of the beneficiary whom the member has designated in writing duly acknowledged and filed with the board at the time of election, should the beneficiary survive the member; or

Option 2A. A reduced disability retirement allowance payable during the period of incapacity which, unless modified under subsection (3) of this section, continues after death, if death shall occur after the effective date of the disability and during the period of incapacity, for the life of the beneficiary whom the member nominates by written designation duly acknowledged and filed with the board at the time of election, should the beneficiary survive the member; or

Option 3. A reduced disability retirement allowance payable during the period of incapacity, with the provision that after death, if death shall occur after the effective date of the disability and during the period of incapacity, such allowance shall continue at one-half the rate paid to the member and be paid for the life of the beneficiary whom the member has designated in writing duly acknowledged and filed with the board at the time of election, should the beneficiary survive the member; or

Option 3A. A reduced disability retirement allowance payable during the period of incapacity which, unless modified under subsection (3) of this section, continues after death, if death shall occur after the effective date of the disability and during the period of incapacity, at one-half the rate paid to the member and is paid for the life of the beneficiary whom the member nominates by written designation duly acknowledged and filed with the board at the time of election, should the beneficiary survive the member; or

Option 4. A reduced disability retirement allowance payable during the period of incapacity, with the provisions that if the member dies during the period of incapacity and before a total of 180 monthly payments is made, the remainder of the 180 monthly payments shall be paid monthly to the beneficiary the member nominates by written designation duly acknowledged and filed with the board at any time before the member’s death; and that if the member designates no beneficiary to receive the monthly payments or no such beneficiary is able to receive the monthly payments, an amount equal to the actuarial value, on the date of the member’s death, of the total of the monthly payments not made to the member shall be paid according to ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) for disposal of an amount credited to the member account of a member at the time of death; and that if the beneficiary receiving monthly payments dies before the total number of monthly payments to which the beneficiary is entitled is made, an amount equal to the actuarial value, on the date of the beneficiary’s death, of the total of the monthly payments not made to the member and beneficiary shall be paid according to ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) for disposal of an amount credited to the member account of a member at the time of death and as if the beneficiary had been a member.

(2) The beneficiary designated by a member to receive any benefit under this section shall be the same as designated under ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) (1). The designation of a beneficiary or the election of an option may be changed by a member within 60 days after the date of the first benefit payment, except that the designation of a beneficiary under Option 4 may be changed by the member at any time before the member’s death.

(3) If a retired member has elected to receive a disability retirement allowance under Option 2A or Option 3A as provided in subsection (1) of this section, and if the beneficiary under that option dies after the expiration of the time within which the member could change the election of an option or if the beneficiary is the spouse of the member and the marriage relationship is terminated as provided by law after the expiration of the time within which the member could change the election of an option, the member may elect to receive, in lieu of the optional form of allowance previously elected, the allowance that the member would have received on the effective date of retirement under Option 1 as provided in subsection (1) of this section and adjusted by the actual amount of any cost-of-living or other post-retirement adjustments made to the original allowance since the effective date of retirement. Notice of election under this subsection must be in a form approved by the board. If an election is made under this subsection, the Option 1 payment amount is applicable to the first full month after the death of the beneficiary, or the first full month after entry of the judgment of divorce, and payable the first day of the month thereafter. If the increased amount is not paid in any month in which the increased amount is due, the board shall make a lump sum payment to the retired member that is equal to the difference between the amount paid to the member for that month and the amount that should have been paid under the provisions of this subsection.

(4) The cost to the system of a disability retirement allowance in any optional form may not exceed the cost to the system of a nonrefund disability retirement allowance payable to, and on account of, the member making such election.

(5) The obligation for payment of any benefit in force prior to April 8, 1953, may not be altered by subsections (1) to (4) of this section. However, the beneficiary of a retired member who prior to July 1, 1953, elected an option but died prior to the effective date of such election, shall have a right to repay, before December 31, 1953, the amount of the lump sum refund made in lieu of the monthly life benefit elected and receive payment of such benefit, computed as of the date of the member’s death and payable from such date.

(6) If a member who would have qualified for disability benefits makes preliminary application for such benefits but dies prior to being found by the board to be disabled or prior to electing a plan of benefit payments, and the records of the board indicate that the member had designated the surviving spouse as beneficiary under ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) (1), such surviving spouse may, not more than 90 days after the board makes its finding that the member would have qualified for disability benefits if living:

(a) Elect to receive the amount referred to in ORS 238.395 (Additional death benefit) if such benefit would have been available if the member had not applied for disability benefits;

(b) If not eligible for benefits under ORS 238.395 (Additional death benefit), elect to receive benefits under ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) (1); or

(c) Elect Option 2 or 3 under subsection (1) of this section and designate the surviving spouse as beneficiary thereunder with the same force and effect as if the election and designation had been properly made by the deceased member.

(7) The board may deny an election to convert a disability retirement allowance under this section, a change of beneficiary under this section or a change in benefit options under this section if that denial is required to maintain the status of the system and the Public Employees Retirement Fund as a qualified governmental retirement plan and trust under the Internal Revenue Code and under regulations adopted pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code. [Formerly 237.181; 1999 c.317 §11; 2001 c.945 §52; 2005 c.138 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 238—Public Employees Retirement System, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­238.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.