Section: General rules of construction
1. There is hereby established in the Department of the Treasury a Defined Contribution Retirement Program. The program design shall be one that is permitted for governmental plans under the federal Internal Revenue Code as determined by the State Treasurer. The retirement program is deemed to be a pension fund or retirement system for purposes of P.L.1968, c.23 (C.43:3C-1 et seq.).
The State Treasurer may adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of sections 1 through 15 of P.L.2007, c.92 (C.43:15C-1 et seq.), except that notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.1968, c.410 to the contrary, the State Treasurer may adopt, immediately upon filing with the Office of Administrative Law, such rules and regulations as the State Treasurer deems necessary to implement the provisions of sections 1 through 15 of P.L.2007, c.92 (C.43:15C-1 et seq.), which shall be effective for a period not to exceed 12 months and shall thereafter be adopted or re-adopted by the State Treasurer in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1968, c.410.
For the purposes of the Defined Contribution Retirement Program:
"Base salary" means a participant's regular base salary; except that for a participant pursuant to paragraph (5) of subsection a. of section 2 of P.L.2007, c.92 (C.43:15C-2) as amended by section 12 of P.L.2007, c.103, it shall mean the excess over the maximum compensation as specified in that paragraph. It shall exclude overtime or other forms of extra compensation, including but not limited to, longevity lump sum payments, lump sum terminal sick leave or vacation pay, the value of maintenance, individual pay adjustments made within or at the conclusion of the participant's final year of service, retroactive salary adjustments or other pay adjustments made in the participant's final year of service unless the adjustment was made as a result of a general pay adjustment for all personnel of the public office or agency in which the participant is employed, or any unscheduled individual adjustment made in the final year to place the participant at the maximum salary level within salary range.
"Employer" means the State or a political subdivision thereof, or an agency, board, commission, authority or instrumentality of the State or a subdivision, that pays the base salary of a participant for services rendered by the participant.
"Retirement program" means the Defined Contribution Retirement Program established by this section.
L.2007, c.92, s.1; amended 2007, c.103, s.11.
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