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§ 8-126.3. Age Discrimination. Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Article, it is the intention of the General Assembly to comply with the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended by the Age Discrimination in Employment Amendments of 1986 and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, 1 as required with respect to benefits for older individuals. For this purpose, if required, the following changes shall govern with respect to other Sections of this Article, effective January 1, 1988 unless otherwise specified.
(1) Contributions. Beginning immediately, the spouse contribution shall not cease at age 65, but shall continue during the term of service. Beginning immediately, concurrent city contributions shall be made during the term of service.
(2) Money purchase accounts “fixed” at age 65. Beginning January 1, 1988, for all purposes, accruals after age 65 for the accounts of those employees who have not withdrawn or retired shall be “unfixed” with interest from the date fixed to January 1, 1988, without any contribution from the time originally fixed until the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989. Thereafter, all money purchase accounts shall not be “fixed”, but shall continue to accrue until time of withdrawal. No contributions are permitted from the time “fixed” until the time “unfixed”.
(3) Employee money purchase annuity after age 65. Beginning January 1, 1988, all money purchase annuities shall be computed without limitation for age at time of withdrawal and without being “fixed” at any limiting age.
(4) Disability benefits. Beginning January 1, 1987, the age 70 limitation is removed.
(5) Widows and wives not entitled to annuity. Beginning January 1, 1988, there shall be no requirement that marriage take place before the employee attained age 65. Any “no spouse” refund must be repaid with interest before a spouse annuity is payable.
(6) Children. Beginning January 1, 1988, there shall be no age 65 requirement on the employee age for a child's annuity.
(7) Service credit. Beginning January 1, 1987, service credit shall include any period of disability after age 70 for which the participant receives Workers' Compensation benefits and during which the participant did not receive a disability benefit from the fund but could have except for the age 70 limitation.
(8) Compensation and supplemental annuities. The age condition shall remain at 65.
(9) Accounting. Beginning January 1, 1988, or as soon as practical, the Annuity Payment Fund Accounts and the Prior Service Fund Accounts “fixed” shall be “unfixed” and the appropriate amounts returned to the Salary Deduction Fund Account and the corresponding City Contribution Fund Account.
(10) Refunds. Beginning immediately, there shall be no in-service distribution of a “no spouse” refund. Such distribution, if any, shall be made as otherwise provided. Likewise, there shall be no other refund of deductions after fixed or excess cost. Any “no spouse” refund must be repaid with interest before a spouse annuity is payable.
(11) Re-entry into service. Beginning January 1, 1988, for any re-entry into service after age 65, the employee's money purchase annuity and the widow's money purchase annuity may be recomputed if it is more beneficial to do so.
(12) Membership. Beginning January 1, 1988, the age 70 limitation for membership shall be removed if federal law or regulation should require it. Accordingly, any person age 70 or older may elect to have this Article apply by filing written notice of such intent with the retirement board within 4 months after the date of entering service.
(13) Computation. Benefits using accruals after age 65 will begin to be computed January 1, 1988. No benefits will be recomputed for any annuitant who has withdrawn before January 1, 1988.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Illinois Statutes Chapter 40. Pensions § 5/8-126.3. Age Discrimination - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/il/chapter-40-pensions/il-st-sect-40-5-8-126-3/
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