(a) Amendment and Termination of the Arrangement. The Board reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend or terminate the Arrangement at any time and from time to time. By way of example, and not limitation, the Arrangement may be amended or terminated to eliminate all payments with respect to any Member or other individual who has not become eligible to participate in the Arrangement as of the date of such amendment or termination by reason of retirement or death in accordance with §113.3(a) of this chapter. In addition, an amendment or termination may be retroactive to the extent that the Board deems such action necessary, in its sole discretion, to maintain the tax-qualified status of the System or the status of this Arrangement as a qualified governmental excess benefit arrangement as defined in Code §415(m) or to avoid jeopardizing the actuarial soundness of the Retirement Plan of the Employer. (b) Termination of Employer's Participation. (1) An Employer may terminate its participation in the Arrangement at any time with the consent of and on terms established by the Administrator. (2) The Administrator may terminate the participation of an Employer if the Employer fails to comply with the rules established by the Board for the administration of the Arrangement as from time to time amended or modified, or fails to perform in accordance with the adoption agreement. The determination of an Employer's failure to comply and subsequent involuntary termination of participation is within the sole discretion and authority of the Administrator. The Administrator's decision is final, conclusive and binding unless timely appealed directly to the Board in accordance with §113.4(d) of this chapter. (c) Participants. If an Employer's participation in the Arrangement is voluntarily or involuntarily terminated, then any person who is a Benefit Recipient with respect to that Employer and who is a Participant in the Arrangement shall immediately cease such participation and shall be entitled to no benefits under this Arrangement and no benefits shall be paid or due to such Participant on or after the date of such termination. On the termination of an Employer in the Arrangement, the Employer shall have sole and complete responsibility and liability for paying any benefits that would otherwise be payable under the Arrangement with respect to its Participants, and the System and all other participating Employers shall have no responsibility or liability for any such benefits.
Source Note: The provisions of this §113.5 adopted to be effective January 10, 2006, 31 TexReg 171