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74-4914e.Disability benefits for correctional employees; insured benefit inapplicable; death of employee, payment of benefits. (1) As used in this section:

(a) "Correctional employee" means any member of the system who is a security officer or other employee of the department of corrections and who is in a position for which the duties and responsibilities involve regular contact with inmates as certified by the secretary of corrections;

(b) "disability" means the total inability to perform permanently the duties of the position of a correctional employee in which the correctional employee was employed at the time of disability;

(c) "service-connected" means any physical or mental disability resulting from external force, violence or disease occasioned by an act of duty as a correctional employee and includes, for any correctional employee after five years of credited service, any death or disability resulting from a heart disease or disease of the lung or respiratory tract, except that in the event that the correctional employee ceases to be a contributing member except by reason of a service-connected disability for a period of six months or more and then again becomes a contributing member the provision relating to death or disability resulting from a heart disease or disease of the lung or respiratory tract shall not apply until such correctional employee has again become a contributing member for a period of not less than two years or unless clear and precise evidence is presented that the heart disease or disease of the lung or respiratory tract was in fact occasioned by an act of duty as a correctional employee; and

(d) "final average salary" means the average highest annual compensation paid to a correctional employee for any three of the last five years of participating service immediately preceding the date of disability, or if participating service is less than three years, then the average annual compensation paid to the correctional employee during the full period of participating service or if a correctional employee has less than one calendar year of participating service the correctional employee's final average salary shall be computed by multiplying the correctional employee's highest monthly salary received in that year by 12.

(2) If any active contributing correctional employee becomes totally and permanently disabled due to service-connected causes as defined in subsection (1), such correctional employee shall be retired and the following benefits shall become payable and shall continue until the correctional employee's death or until the correctional employee recovers from the disability if a report of the event in a form acceptable to the board is filed in the office of the executive director of the board within 220 days after the date of the event or act of duty causing such disability and an application for such benefit, in such form and manner as the board shall prescribe, is filed by the correctional employee or the correctional employee's authorized representative in the office of the executive director of the board within two years of the date of disability:

(a) The correctional employee shall receive a retirement benefit equal to 50% of the correctional employee's final average salary. Such benefit shall accrue from the day upon which the correctional employee ceases to draw compensation.

(b) Each of the correctional employee's unmarried children under the age of 18 years or each of the correctional employee's children under the age of 23 years who are full-time students as provided in K.S.A. 74-49,117 and amendments thereto shall receive an annual benefit equal to 10% of the correctional employee's final average salary. Such benefit shall accrue from the day upon which the correctional employee ceases to draw compensation and shall end on the first day of the month in which each such child or children attains the age of 18 years, die or marry, whichever occurs earlier or in which each such child or children attains the age of 23 years, if such child or children are full-time students as provided in K.S.A. 74-49,117 and amendments thereto.

(c) In no case shall the total benefits payable under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection (2) be in excess of 75% of the correctional employee's final average salary.

(d) In the event a correctional employee who is retired under paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), dies within two years after the date of such retirement, then benefits may be payable under subsection (2) of K.S.A. 74-4916 and amendments thereto.

(e) In the event a correctional employee who is retired under paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), dies more than two years after the date of such retirement, and the proximate cause of such death is the service-connected cause from which the disability resulted, then benefits may be payable under subsection (2) of K.S.A. 74-4916 and amendments thereto.

(f) In the event a correctional employee who is retired under subsection (2) dies after the date of retirement and no benefits are payable under paragraphs (d) and (e) the following benefits shall be payable:

(i) To the correctional employee's spouse, if lawfully wedded to the correctional employee at the time of the correctional employee's death, a lump-sum benefit equal to 50% of the correctional employee's final average salary at the time of the correctional employee's retirement.

(ii) To the correctional employee's spouse, if lawfully wedded to the correctional employee at the time of the correctional employee's death, an annual benefit equal to 50% of the correctional employee's retirement benefit payable in monthly installments, to accrue from the first day of the month following the correctional employee's date of death and ending on the first day of the month in which the spouse dies. If there is no surviving spouse, or if after the death of the spouse there remain one or more children under the age of 18 years or one or more children under the age of 23 years who is a full-time student as provided in K.S.A. 74-49,117, and amendments thereto, the annual spouse's benefit shall be payable in equal shares to such children and each child's share shall end on the first day of the month in which such child attains the age of 18 years or dies, whichever occurs earlier or in which such child attains the age of 23 years, if such child is a full-time student as provided in K.S.A. 74-49,117, and amendments thereto.

The provisions of this subsection shall apply in all cases of such correctional employees who die after October 1, 1996.

(3) If any correctional employee who is an active contributing member prior to such correctional employee's normal retirement becomes totally and permanently disabled for a period of 180 days from causes not service-connected, and not as the result of a willfully negligent or intentional act of the correctional employee, such correctional employee shall be retired and the following benefit shall become payable and shall continue until the correctional employee's death or until the correctional employee recovers from such disability whichever occurs first if a report of the disability in a form acceptable to the board is filed in the office of the executive director of the board within 220 days after the date of the commencement of such disability and if an application for such benefit in such form and manner as the board shall prescribe is filed in the office of the executive director of the board within two years of the date of disability:

A retirement benefit equal to 2% of the correctional employee's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of credited service, except that such retirement benefit shall be at least equal to 25% of the member's final average salary but not to exceed the amount of the retirement benefit provided in paragraph (a) of subsection (2). Such benefit shall not become payable until satisfactory evidence is presented to the board that the correctional employee is and has been for a period of 180 days totally and permanently disabled, but benefits shall accrue from the day upon which the correctional employee ceases to draw compensation.

(4) Any correctional employee who is employed for compensation by an employer other than the department of corrections and whose disability is incurred in the course of such other employment shall not be eligible for any of the benefits provided in subsection (3).

(5) If a correctional employee becomes totally and permanently disabled and no benefits are payable under subsections (2) or (3), the sum of the correctional employee's accumulated contributions shall be paid to the correctional employee.

(6) Any correctional employee receiving benefits under this section shall submit to medical examination, not oftener than annually, by one or more physicians or any other practitioners of the healing arts holding a valid license issued by Kansas state board of healing arts, as the board of trustees may direct. If upon such medical examination the examiners report to the board that the retirant is physically able and capable of resuming employment with the participating employer from whose employment the correctional employee retired, the disability benefits shall terminate. A retirant who has been receiving benefits under the provisions of this section and who returns to employment of a participating employer shall immediately commence accruing service credit which shall be added to that which has been accrued by virtue of previous service.

(7) Any retirant who has been receiving benefits under the provisions of this section for a period of five years shall be deemed finally retired and shall not be subject to further medical examinations, except that if the board of trustees shall have reasonable grounds to question whether the retirant remains totally and permanently disabled, a further medical examination or examinations may be required.

(8) Refusal or neglect to submit to examination as provided in subsection (6) shall be sufficient cause for suspending or discontinuing benefit payments under this section and if such refusal or neglect shall continue for a period of one year, the correctional employee's rights in and to all benefits under the system may be revoked by the board.

(9) Any retirement benefits payable under the provisions of this section shall be in lieu of all other benefits under the system.

(10) Each correctional employee shall report to such member's participating employer any event or act of duty causing disability within 200 days after such event or act of duty. The department of corrections shall file in the office of the executive director of the board, in a form acceptable to the board, a report of the event or act of duty causing disability within 220 days after the event or act of duty.

(11) Benefits payable under this section shall be reduced by the original amount of any disability benefits received under the federal social security act or the workers compensation act. For any correctional employee already retired on the effective date of this act, no reduction of the original social security benefits shall be applicable to benefits paid prior to the effective date of this act. In no case shall a correctional employee who is entitled to receive benefits under this section receive less than $100 per month.

(12) The provisions of this section shall apply to disabilities occurring after June 30, 1982, and prior to July 1, 1995. At the direction of the board of trustees, the actuary shall conduct an experience evaluation of benefits payable under this section and the board shall provide copies of such study to the governor and members of the legislature.

(13) The provisions of K.S.A. 74-4927 and amendments thereto relating to insured disability benefits shall not be applicable to correctional employees subject to the provisions of this section.

(14) In the event a correctional employee who is retired under subsection (3) dies after the date of retirement and no benefits are payable under that subsection, the following benefits shall be payable:

(i) To the correctional employee's spouse, if lawfully wedded to the correctional employee at the time of the correctional employee's death, a lump-sum benefit equal to 50% of the correctional employee's final average salary at the time of the correctional employee's retirement.

(ii) To the correctional employee's spouse, if lawfully wedded to the correctional employee at the time of the correctional employee's death, an annual benefit equal to 50% of the correctional employee's retirement benefit payable in monthly installments, to accrue from the first day of the month following the correctional employee's date of death and ending on the first day of the month in which the spouse dies. If there is no surviving spouse, or if after the death of the spouse there remain one or more children under the age of 18 years or one or more children under the age of 23 years who is a full-time student as provided in K.S.A. 74-49,117, and amendments thereto, the annual spouse's benefit shall be payable in equal shares to such children and each child's share shall end on the first day of the month in which such child attains the age of 18 years or dies, whichever occurs earlier or in which such child attains the age of 23 years, if such child is a full-time student as provided in K.S.A. 74-49,117, and amendments thereto.

The provisions of this subsection shall apply in all cases of such correctional employees who die after October 1, 1996.

History: L. 1982, ch. 319, § 21; L. 1986, ch. 294, § 4; L. 1987, ch. 299, § 13; L. 1988, ch. 302, § 7; L. 1989, ch. 232, § 7; L. 1990, ch. 282, § 7; L. 1991, ch. 237, § 21; L. 1992, ch. 321, § 7; L. 1993, ch. 227, § 16; L. 1994, ch. 293, § 11; L. 1995, ch. 267, § 9; L. 1998, ch. 201, § 18; L. 2001, ch. 209, § 10; May 31.



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