PUBLIC OFFICERS IN GENERAL
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM
59-1359. Separation benefits. (a) The separation benefit, if any, shall become payable upon the written request of an inactive member who has been separated from employment. If the person who received a separation benefit is reemployed or reinstated by the same employer within ninety (90) days or is guaranteed a right to employment or reinstatement with the same employer, the person shall repay to the system any separation benefit paid.
(b) A separation benefit shall automatically be payable three (3) years after a person becomes an inactive member if the inactive member is not a vested member, has accumulated contributions of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000), and has been separated from employment and is not reemployed or reinstated by the same employer within ninety (90) days.
(c) For purposes of this section, "separated from employment" means the inactive member terminated all employment with the employer. An inactive member is not considered to have separated from employment if he continues performing services for the same employer in any capacity including, but not limited to, independent contractor, leased employee, or temporary services. For purposes of this section, "same employer" means the employer for which the person last worked prior to being separated from employment.
(d) Any member may elect to have eligible rollover distributions paid directly to a specified eligible retirement plan as required by 26 U.S.C. section 401(a)(31).
[(59-1359) 1963, ch. 349, Art. 5, sec. 4, p. 988; am. 1965, ch. 165, sec. 2, p. 324; am. 1971, ch. 49, sec. 6, p. 105; am. 1987, ch. 164, sec. 3, p. 324; am. and redesig. 1990, ch. 231, sec. 47, p. 640; am. 1993, ch. 350, sec. 7, p. 1304; am. 1996, ch. 243, sec. 3, p. 774; am. 1998, ch. 193, sec. 2, p. 697; am. 1999, ch. 199, sec. 6, p. 527; am. 2006, ch. 152, sec. 1, p. 467; am. 2007, ch. 44, sec. 4, p. 112.]