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Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Eligibility Changes

Posted 5/31/17 (Wed)

During the 2013 Legislative Session a special ruling passed allowing all new permanent state employees to enroll in the DC plan. This special enrollment window terminates on July 31, 2017. Therefore, effective August 1, 2017, the eligibility requirements to participate in the DC plan change defined under 54-52.6-01 as follows:

"Eligible employee" means a permanent state employee, except an employee of the judicial branch or an employee of the board of higher education and state institutions under the jurisdiction of the board, who is eighteen years or more of age and who is in a position not classified by North Dakota human resource management services. "Permanent employee" means a state employee whose services are not limited in duration and who is filling an approved and regularly funded position and is employed twenty hours or more per week and at least five months each year. If a participating member loses permanent employee status and becomes a temporary employee, the member may still participate in the defined contribution retirement plan.

Employees who do not meet the above eligibility requirements but enrolled in the DC plan during the special window (October 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017) are not impacted by this change.