- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 39. Public Officers and Employees
- Chapter 35. Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska
- Section 940. Transfer into Defined Contribution Plan by Nonvested Members of Defined Benefit Plan.
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AS 39.35.940. Transfer into Defined Contribution Plan by Nonvested Members of Defined Benefit Plan.
- (a) Subject to (i) of this section, an active member of the defined benefit retirement plan of the public
employees' retirement system is eligible to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan established under AS 39.35.700 - 39.35.990 if that member has not vested. Participation in the
defined contribution retirement plan is in lieu of participation in the defined benefit retirement plan established under AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680.
- (b) A member who has vested in a defined benefit retirement plan is not eligible to transfer under this section.
- (c) Each eligible member who elects to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan shall have
transferred to a new account the employee contribution account balance held in trust for the member under the defined benefit retirement
plan of the public employees' retirement system. A matching employer contribution shall be made on behalf of that employee to the new
account. The employer shall make the matching contribution from funds other than the trust funds of the defined benefit retirement plan
established under AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680. The amount of the matching employer contribution
shall be subject to, and may not exceed, the limitation of 26 U.S.C. 415(c) during the applicable limitation year as defined by AS 39.35.990 . If the matching employer contribution would exceed the limits
during the limitation year in which the transfer occurs, the remaining amount of the matching employer contribution shall be made in the
next limitation year, if the limits would not be exceeded.
- (d) Upon a transfer, all membership service previously earned under the defined benefit retirement plan shall be
nullified for purposes of entitlement to a future benefit under the defined benefit retirement plan but shall be credited for purposes
of determining vesting in employer contributions under AS 39.35.790 (b) and eligibility to elect medical benefits under AS 39.35.870 . Membership service allowed for credit toward medical benefits
does not include any service credit purchased for employment by an employer who is not a participating employer in this chapter.
- (e) An eligible member whose accounts are subject to a qualified domestic relations order may not make an
election to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan under this subsection unless the qualified domestic relations order
is amended or vacated and court-certified copies of the order are received by the administrator.
- (f) As directed by the participant, the board shall transfer or cause to be transferred the appropriate amounts
to the designated account. The board shall establish transfer procedures by regulation, but the actual transfer may not be later than 30
days after the effective date of the member's participation in the defined contribution retirement plan unless the major financial
markets for securities available for a transfer are seriously disrupted by an unforeseen event that also causes the suspension of
trading on any national securities exchange in the country where the securities were issued. In that event, the 30-day period of time
may be extended by a resolution of the board of trustees. Transfers are not commissionable or subject to other fees and may be in the
form of securities or cash as determined by the board. Securities shall be valued as of the date of receipt in the participant's account.
- (g) If the board or the administrator receives notification from the United States Department of the Treasury,
Internal Revenue Service, that this section or a portion of this section will cause the retirement system under this chapter, or a
portion of the retirement system under this chapter, to be disqualified for tax purposes under the Internal Revenue Code, the portion
that will cause the disqualification does not apply, and the board and the administrator shall notify the presiding officers of the
- (h) An employee who is eligible to elect transfer to the defined contribution retirement plan must make the
election not later than 12 months after the first day of the month following the administrator's receipt of the notification that the
employee's employer consents to transfers of its employees under (i) of this section. The election to participate in the defined
contribution retirement plan must be made in writing on forms and in the manner prescribed by the administrator. Before accepting an
election to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan, the administrator must provide the employee planning on making an
election to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan with information, including calculations to illustrate the effect
of moving the employee's retirement plan from the defined benefit retirement plan to the defined contribution retirement plan as well as
other information to clearly inform the employee of the potential consequences of the employee's election. An election made under this
subsection to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan is irrevocable. Upon making the election, the participant shall be
enrolled as a member of the defined contribution retirement plan, the member's participation in the plan shall be governed by the
provisions of AS 39.35.700 - 39.35.990, and the member's participation in the defined
benefit retirement plan under AS 39.35.115 shall terminate. The participant's enrollment in the defined
contribution retirement plan shall be effective the first day of the month after the administrator receives the completed enrollment
forms. An election made by an eligible member who is married is not effective unless the election is signed by the individual's spouse.
- (i) A member may make an election under this section only if the member's employer participates in both the
defined benefit retirement plan and the defined contribution retirement plan and consents to transfers under this section. The employer
shall notify the administrator if the employer consents to allowing the employer's members to choose to transfer from the defined
benefit retirement plan to the defined contribution retirement plan under this section. An employer's notice to allow transfers is
irrevocable and applicable to all eligible employees of the employer.
- (j) In this section,
- (1) "defined benefit retirement plan" means the retirement plan established in AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680;
- (2) "defined contribution retirement plan" means the retirement plan established in AS 39.35.700 - 39.35.990.
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