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Connecticut Laws | Title 5 State Employees
Sec. 5-156. Retirement fund. Contribution of participants in alternate retirement program.

(c) The contribution of participants in an alternate retirement program shall be five per cent of salary. The employer contribution for such participants shall be determined from the table below and shall be paid to the separate retirement fund for alternate retirement programs for higher education personnel. (123)

(d) Transfer of appropriated amounts from the General Fund and the applicable special funds to the separate retirement fund for alternate retirement programs for higher education personnel shall be made in the month following the employee contribution. (124)

(e) Any employee who elects or has elected to participate in an alternate retirement program, as defined in subsection (u) of section 5-154, may elect to receive a refund of all contributions made by him into the state employees retirement system in lieu of any pension benefits under said retirement system. (125)

Sec. 5-156a. Funding of retirement system on actuarial reserve basis. (126)(Text)

(a) The state employees retirement system shall be funded on an actuarial reserve basis. The Retirement Commission shall, on or before December first, annually certify to the General Assembly the amount necessary on the basis of an actuarial determination to gradually establish and subsequently maintain the retirement fund on such determined actuarial reserve basis, and make such other recommendations with regard to such fund and its administration as the commission deems appropriate. The Retirement Commission shall, at least once every two years, prepare a valuation of the assets and liabilities of the system. On the basis of each such valuation, it shall redetermine the normal rate of contribution and, until it is amortized, the unfunded past service liability. The General Assembly shall review the commission's recommendations and certification and shall appropriate to the retirement fund the amount certified by the Retirement Commission as necessary provided said certification is in compliance with this section at the time of certification, and the amount so certified shall not be reduced or used for other than the purposes of this section. (127)

(b) The Retirement Commission shall determine on an actuarial basis (1) a normal rate of contribution which the state shall be required to make into the retirement fund in order to meet the actuarial cost of current service and (2) the unfunded past service liability. For the first sixteen years, the funding program for the actuarial reserve basis shall consist of the following percentages of the sum of normal cost and the amount required for a forty-year amortization of unfunded liabilities: (128)

provided said state payments shall not be reduced or diverted to any purpose other than the payment into the retirement fund until the foregoing schedule of payments has been completed and said fund is determined to be actuarially sound. (129)

(c) Transfer of appropriated amounts from the General Fund to the retirement fund shall be made in equal monthly payments during the fiscal year. (130)

(d) No act liberalizing the benefits of the plan shall be enacted by the General Assembly until the assembly has requested and received from the Retirement Commission a certification of the cost of such change under the actuarial funding basis adopted by section 5-154 and this section using full normal cost plus forty-year amortization. (131)

(e) There shall be a valuation of the assets and liabilities of the system as of December 31, 1983, June 30, 1985, and June 30, 1986. The valuation of the assets and liabilities of the system as of December 31, 1983, shall reflect, to the greatest extent possible, any transfers made pursuant to section 5-158h and any service credits purchased by the date of the valuation. (132)

(f) The same actuarial cost method and assumptions as were employed in determining the certification for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1982, shall be utilized for the annual Retirement Commission certification of the amount necessary to fund the system prior to the December 31, 1983, valuation, but shall reflect the increases in percentage indicated in subsection (b) of this section. The certification resulting from the December 31, 1982, valuation shall not estimate or otherwise reflect the effect of any contractual changes to the retirement system approved by the General Assembly on June 30, 1982, and effective on October 1, 1982. (133)

(g) For any appropriation based on an actuarial valuation undertaken on or after December 31, 1983, the Retirement Commission shall separately indicate the actuarial cost of current service for the members of tier II. Such current service cost for tier II members shall be one hundred per cent funded. All other funding shall be in accordance with the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section. (134)

Sec. 5-156b. Employment of actuaries. (135)(Text)

The Retirement Commission shall employ the services of one or more actuaries, each of which shall be an individual or firm having on its staff a fellow of the society of actuaries, to carry out the actuarial duties of sections 5-156, 5-156a and subsection (b) of section 5-168 and for such related purposes as the Retirement Commission deems advisable. The cost of such services shall be charged to the retirement fund. The actuary shall make such investigations of the mortality, service and compensation experience of the members of the system as the commission shall recommend and authorize, and on the basis of the investigations he shall recommend for adoption by the commission such tables and rates as are required. Having regard to the investigations and recommendations, the commission shall adopt such tables as it deems necessary and shall certify the rates of contribution necessary to fund the system. At least once in each five-year period, the actuary shall make actuarial investigations into the mortality, service and compensation experience of the members and beneficiaries of the system and shall, at least once in each two-year period, make a valuation of the assets and liabilities of the funds of the system. The commission, taking into account the results of such investigations and valuations, shall adopt for the system mortality, service and other tables as it deems necessary and shall certify the rates of annual contribution payable under the applicable provisions of this chapter. (136)

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