145.19 Electing defined benefit or defined contribution plan.

(A) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, an individual who becomes employed in a position subject to this chapter on or after January 1, 2003, shall make an election under this section. Not later than one hundred eighty days after the date on which employment begins, the individual shall elect to participate either in the PERS defined benefit plan or a PERS defined contribution plan. Unless a form evidencing an election under this section is received by the public employees retirement system on or before the last day of the one-hundred-eighty-day period, the individual is deemed to have elected to participate in the PERS defined benefit plan.

(B) An election under this section shall be made on a form provided by the system and filed with the system.

(C) An election under this section shall take effect on the date employment began and, except as provided in section 145.814 of the Revised Code or rules governing the PERS defined benefit plan, is irrevocable on receipt by the system.

(D) An individual is ineligible to make an election under this section if one of the following applies:

(1) The individual is a PERS retirant or other system retirant, as those terms are defined in section 145.38 of the Revised Code, or is retired under section 145.383 of the Revised Code.

(2) The individual is participating or has elected to participate in an alternative retirement plan under section 3305.05 or 3305.051 of the Revised Code and the employment is in a position that is subject to division (C)(4) of section 3305.05 or division (F) of section 3305.051 of the Revised Code.

(3) The individual has contributions standing to the individual's credit in the employees' savings fund or defined contribution fund established under section 145.23 of the Revised Code.

(4) The individual is employed in a position covered under this chapter to which section 145.193 of the Revised Code applies.

(5) The individual is a PERS law enforcement officer or PERS public safety officer.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.148, SB 343, §1, eff. 1/7/2013.

Effective Date: 10-01-2002; 08-01-2005; 2008 SB267 03-24-2009