3309.344 Retirant may apply for monthly annuity or lump sum payment.

For purposes of this section, "SERS retirant" includes a member who retired under section 3309.343 of the Revised Code.

(A) Except as provided in division (B)(3) of this section, an SERS retirant or other system retirant who has made contributions under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code may file an application with the school employees retirement system for a benefit consisting of a single life annuity . The annuity shall have a reserve equal to the amount of the retirant's accumulated contributions for the period of employment, other than the contributions excluded pursuant to division (C) of section 3309.341 of the Revised Code, and an amount of the employer's contributions determined by the board, plus interest credited to the date of retirement at a rate determined by the board. The SERS retirant or other system retirant shall elect either to receive the benefit as a monthly annuity for life or a lump sum payment discounted to the present value using a rate of interest determined by the board, except that if the monthly annuity would be less than twenty-five dollars per month, the retirant shall receive a lump sum payment. A benefit payable under this division shall commence on the first day of the month after the latest of the following:

(1) The last day for which compensation for all employment subject to sections 3309.341 and 3309.343 of the Revised Code was paid;

(2) Attainment by the SERS retirant or other system retirant of age sixty-five;

(3) If the SERS retirant or other system retirant was previously employed under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code and is receiving or previously received a benefit under this division, completion of a period of twelve months since the effective date of that benefit.

(B)

(1) An SERS or other system retirant under age sixty-five who has made contributions under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code may file an application with the school employees retirement system for a return of those contributions if both of the following conditions are met:

(a) The retirant has terminated, for any reason other than death, the employment for which the contributions were made.

(b) If the retirant received a return of contributions under this division for a previous period of employment under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code, twelve months have passed since the date the retirement system returned the contributions.

(2) A return of contributions under this division shall consist of all of the contributions the SERS or other system retirant made under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code.

(3) Payment of a return of contributions under this division cancels the SERS or other system retirant's right to a benefit under division (A) of this section for the service for which the contributions were made.

(C)

(1) If an SERS retirant or other system retirant who made contributions under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code dies before receiving a benefit under division (A) of this section or a return of contributions under division (B) of this section, a lump sum payment shall be paid to the beneficiary under division (D) of this section. The lump sum shall be calculated in accordance with division (A) of this section.

(2) If at the time of death an SERS retirant or other system retirant receiving a monthly annuity under division (A) of this section has received less than the retirant would have received as a lump sum payment, the difference between the amount received and the amount that would have been received as a lump sum payment shall be paid to the retirant's beneficiary under division (D) of this section.

(D) An SERS retirant or other system retirant employed under section 3309.341 or 3309.343 of the Revised Code may designate one or more persons as beneficiary to receive any benefits payable under this section due to death. The designation shall be in writing duly executed on a form provided by the school employees retirement board, signed by the SERS retirant or other system retirant, and filed with the board prior to death. The last designation of a beneficiary revokes all previous designations. The SERS retirant's or other system retirant's marriage, divorce, marriage dissolution, legal separation, withdrawal of account, birth of the retirant's child, or adoption of a child revokes all previous designations. If there is no designated beneficiary, the beneficiary is the beneficiary designated under division (D) of section 3309.44 of the Revised Code. If any benefit payable under this section due to the death of an SERS retirant or other system retirant is not claimed by a beneficiary within five years after the death, the amount payable shall be transferred to the guarantee fund and thereafter paid to the beneficiary or the estate of the SERS retirant or other system retirant on application to the board.

(E) No amount received under this section shall be included in determining an additional benefit under section 3309.374 of the Revised Code or any other post-retirement benefit increases.

Cite as R.C. § 3309.344

History. Effective Date: 04-01-2001; 04-11-2005