2013 New Hampshire Retirement System Legislative Roundup

Three bills related to RSA 100-A enacted

Dec 16, 2014
  • Legislation

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2013
Contact:  Marty Karlon, Public Information Officer, (603) 410-3594; [email protected]

CONCORD, N.H. – The following bills related to RSA 100-A were enacted by the New Hampshire Legislature during the 2013 session and signed into law by the Governor.  RSA 100-A is the statute governing the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS, the retirement system).

House Bill 124 (Chapter 196, Laws of 2013) amended RSA 100-A:6, III(b) to eliminate the application of gainful occupation reductions to the retirement allowances of Group II (Police, Fire) accidental disability beneficiaries who have years of service plus years of accidental disability retirement that total at least 20 years and who have attained the age of 45. 

The bill also addressed NHRS membership eligibility under RSA 21-P for the director and assistant director of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. ‚Äč

House Bill 342 (Chapter 251, Laws of 2013) amended RSA 100-A:16 to require NHRS-participating employers to report monthly to the retirement system information regarding NHRS retirees employed on a part-time basis, including hours worked and all compensation paid.  The reporting requirement takes effect January 1, 2014, and is repealed effective January 1, 2019.  The bill also created a new requirement (RSA 100-A:7-a) that the retirement system provide annual written notices to NHRS retirees regarding the statutory limitations on part-time employment with NHRS-participating employers.  

The bill also amended RSA 100-A:3, I(a) by adding language allowing individuals elected or appointed to the offices of town clerk and tax collector for the same employer to satisfy NHRS membership eligibility requirements by using both offices, even if the positions were not formally combined per RSA 41:45-a.

House Bill 594 (Chapter 257, Laws of 2013) is a consumer credit bill unrelated to NHRS onto which the Legislature added an amendment to RSA 100-A:3, I(a) to account for instances where a community inadvertently enrolled an individual elected or appointed as town clerk/tax collector, but never combined the offices per RSA 41:45-a.  In these instances, the individual is allowed to retain any prior service credit for which the member and the employer have already paid contributions to NHRS.  The bill does not allow individuals to purchase prior service credit for which no contributions were remitted.

The New Hampshire Retirement System provides retirement, disability, and death benefits to its eligible members and their beneficiaries.  The State of New Hampshire and more than 475 local government employers participate in NHRS for their employees, teachers, firefighters, and police officers.  NHRS has approximately 49,000 active members and 28,000 pension recipients. NHRS administers a defined benefit plan qualified as a tax-exempt entity under section 401(a) and 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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