Section 36-27-55.2Purchase of credit for prior service with State Economic Opportunity Office.
(a)(1) Any member of the Employees' Retirement System of Alabama shall be eligible to receive up to 10 years of creditable service for service which was rendered between January 1, 1971, and December 31, 1983, as an employee of the State Economic Opportunity Office under the Alabama Development Office, provided that the member of the retirement system claiming the credit shall have attained not less than 10 years of contributing membership service credit, exclusive of military service credit, under the Employees' Retirement System; and, provided further, that the member performs and complies with the conditions prescribed in subdivision (2).
(2) A member of the Employees' Retirement System of Alabama eligible to purchase service credit in the system under paragraph a. of this subdivision, may receive credit for the prior service rendered as provided in subdivision (1), provided that as conditions precedent to the receipt of the credit:
a. The member shall contribute, prior to the date of his or her retirement, to the Employees' Retirement System, for each year of service credit, a percentage of his or her current annual earnable compensation or average final compensation, whichever is greater; the applicable percentage of the annual earnable compensation or average final compensation, whichever is greater, shall be the sum of the prevailing percentage rates of employer and member contributions, as required by the most recent actuarial valuation.
b. The Alabama Development Office shall certify in writing to the Employees' Retirement System that the member was an employee of the State Economic Opportunity Office during the period for which he or she is claiming service credit.
c. The member shall claim, purchase, and receive credit for the service described in paragraph b. in increments of not less than one year, unless the member's total or balance of the service described in paragraph b. is less than one year, in which event, he or she shall claim and purchase credit for the entire period.
(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, a member shall not receive credit for the service described in subsection (a) where at the time of retirement he or she has credit or is entitled to any benefits whatsoever for the same service under any other retirement or pension plan.
(Acts 1995, No. 95-381, p. 780, §1.)