Credit for certain periods of employment by Legislative Assembly
(1) As used in this section, “legislative employee” means any person employed by the Legislative Assembly, either of its houses or any of its committees prior or subsequent to July 22, 1973, during any period or periods of such employment qualifying the person for membership and participation in the Public Employees Retirement System under the provisions of this chapter then in effect. “Legislative employee” does not include any member of the legislature.
(2) A person shall not receive retirement credit in the Public Employees Retirement System for any period in which the person was a legislative employee, during which the person did not pay the employee contributions required by law, except as provided under this section and ORS 173.210 (Employment of staff).
(3) Nothing in this section shall be considered to change any requirements of this chapter for membership in the Public Employees Retirement System, or to grant any membership or other rights to persons whose employment by the Legislative Assembly, either of its houses or any of its committees was not of a character or duration qualifying them under then applicable provisions of this chapter for membership in the system.
(4) Any person who is a legislative employee on July 22, 1973, who did not pay the employee contributions required by law during employment as a legislative employee prior to July 22, 1973, may obtain retirement credit for the period of such employment in the following manner:
(a) No later than one year after July 22, 1973, the employee shall give written notice to the board that the employee elects to pay to the fund the unpaid employee contributions attributable to legislative employment.
(b) The employee shall then pay to the board the entire amount of the unpaid employee contributions without interest, in a lump sum or at the option of the employee in installments, within five years after the date of making the election but prior to reaching compulsory retirement age.
(c) If a person has reached compulsory retirement age on or before July 22, 1973, or will reach compulsory retirement age no later than one year after July 22, 1973, the time in which the employee may pay the contributions to the system is extended to one year after July 22, 1973.
(5) Any person who was a legislative employee prior to July 22, 1973, and who is not so employed on July 22, 1973, but who becomes a legislative employee once again after July 22, 1973, may elect to pay employee contributions and obtain retirement credit for service prior to July 22, 1973, as a legislative employee. The election shall be made by giving written notice to the board no later than one year after the first day of the subsequent employment, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as set forth in subsection (4) of this section.
(6) Subject to subsection (8) of this section, any person who makes the election under subsection (4) or (5) of this section and pays to the system the entire amount of employee contributions required thereunder, and who during other qualifying employment by a participating public employer contributed to the fund and subsequently but prior to July 22, 1973, withdrew contributions under ORS 238.265 (Withdrawal of member account), may, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as set forth in subsection (4) of this section, repay to the fund the full amount of the contributions withdrawn by the employee, and rights in the system forfeited by the withdrawal shall thereupon be restored.
(7) If a person who has reached or will reach compulsory retirement age within one year after July 22, 1973, the time for repayment under this section of the full amount of withdrawn contributions in order to restore rights in the system is extended to one year after July 22, 1973.
(8) A restoration of forfeited rights in the system shall not be available under subsections (6) and (7) of this section if a person withdrew contributions before the commencement of the employment in the course of which the person was or became a legislative employee, if the covered employment in the course of which the withdrawn contributions were made terminated more than five years before the commencement of employment.
(9) Any person who, on July 22, 1973, is an employee of the Legislative Counsel, or the Legislative Counsel, and who would have been eligible for retirement credit in the system for such employment prior to July 22, 1973, but for failure to exercise the option to become a member of the system under provisions of ORS 173.210 (Employment of staff) prior to its amendment by chapter 735, Oregon Laws 1973, may nevertheless obtain retirement credit in the system for such employment by making the election and paying employee contributions as provided in and subject to the conditions of subsection (4) of this section. The person shall not be eligible to make any election under subsection (5) or subsections (6) and (7) of this section. [Formerly 237.095]
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