Section: General rules of construction
As used in this act:
(a) "Employee" means any person holding office, position, or employment in any county, municipality, or school district in the State.
(b) "Employer" means any county, municipality, or school district in the State.
(c) "Final average salary" means the average base compensation paid by the employer to the employee for the three years of his employment preceding his retirement.
(d) "Permanent and total disability." An employee is deemed to be permanently and totally disabled when it appears not only that he is physically or otherwise incapacitated for service, but that such incapacity will, in all reasonable probability, continue permanently. If an employee claims that such disability exists, the employer shall appoint a physician of skill and repute in his profession and resident of this State, who shall examine the employee. The physician shall make a report of the employee's physical condition or other disability, and if a disability exists, whether in all reasonable probability it will continue permanently, and does and will continue to prevent the employee from giving service to his employer in the performance of his duties. Any person who is retired for permanent and total disability hereunder, and who is under the age of 65 years, shall undergo an annual medical examination by a physician or physicians designated by the county, municipality or school district paying pension benefits based upon disability to such person. If upon examination it is determined that such disability no longer exists, the benefits payable hereunder for disability shall cease. If a person receiving pension benefits based upon disability refuses to submit to examination, the county, municipality or school district paying such benefits shall discontinue same until such person submits to physical examination.
(e) The Social Security system shall not be deemed a retirement system for the purposes of determining eligibility to a pension under this act.
L. 1955, c. 263, s. 1; amended by L. 1987, c. 117, s. 1.
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