RELATES TO: KRS 16.645(18), 18A.105, 61.546, 61.552(23), 61.565, 61.569, 61.637(17), 61.675, 61.685, 61.702, 78.545(33), (37), 78.616, 78.625, 78.652, 26 U.S.C. 3121(b)(10), 26 C.F.R. 31.3121(b)(1)-2, 29 C.F.R. 519.2(a), 42 C.F.R. 423.504(b)(4)(vi), 45 C.F.R. 160, 162, 164, 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(17), 401(a)(31), 403(b), 408(a), (b) 414(g)(6), 457(b), Pub. L. 104-191, Pub. L. 111-5, Div., A Title XIII, Div. B, Title IV
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 16.645(18), 61.565, 61.645(9)(g), 61.675, 78.545(33), 78.625
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 61.645(9)(g) requires the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems to promulgate administrative regulations necessary or proper in order to carry out the provisions of KRS 16.505 to 16.652, 61.510 to 61.705, and 78.510 to 78.852. Employers participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System, County Employees Retirement System and State Police Retirement System are required by KRS 16.645(18), 61.565, 61.675, 78.545(33), and 78.625 to make contributions to the retirement systems, to report creditable compensation to the retirement systems and other information that the Board of Trustees may require, and perform other duties and responsibilities as participating employers. 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(17) places a limit on the amount of creditable compensation on which contributions may be made. This administrative regulation sets out the reporting requirements for all participating agencies.
Section 1. (1) Each employer shall submit the reports required under KRS 61.675 and KRS 78.625 electronically using the secure Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Employer Self Service Web site by:
(a) The Enter Report Details Module; or
(b) Uploading an electronic file that meets the requirements of the Employer Contribution Record Layout. The employer shall submit a test file to the retirement systems, which shall be reviewed for compliance with the requirements of the Employer Contribution Record Layout. If the test file is in compliance with the requirements of the Employer Contribution Record Layout, the retirement systems shall certify the electronic file and inform the employer of the month when the employer may begin using the electronic file for submitting reports. If the test file is not in compliance with the requirements of the Employer Contribution Record Layout, the retirement systems shall inform the employer of the needed corrections to the test file. The employer shall not submit a report by electronic file pursuant to this subsection until the test file is certified by the retirement systems.
(2) The retirement systems shall notify each employer of the Web address of the secure Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Employer Self Service Web site and shall notify each employer if the Web address of the secure Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Employer Self Service Web site changes.
(3) Each employer shall submit the contributions required by KRS 61.675 and KRS 78.625:
(a) Electronically using the secure Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Employer Self Service Web site;
(b) By mailing or hand delivering a check;
(c) By the eMARS system maintained by the Finance and Administration Cabinet; or
(d) By wire transfer.
(4) The employer shall report all creditable compensation paid during a month by the tenth day of the following month.
(a) The employer shall designate the month to which the creditable compensation should be applied if it is not the month for which the employer is reporting if the month the creditable compensation was earned is the month in which the employee:
1. Became employed;
2. Became eligible to participate in one of the systems administered by Kentucky Retirement Sys
3. Was transferred to hazardous coverage from nonhazardous participation;
4. Was transferred from hazardous coverage to nonhazardous participation;
5. Terminated from employment; or
6. Became ineligible to participate in one (1) of the systems administered by Kentucky Retirement Systems.
(b) If the employee is paid creditable compensation in a lump sum or nonrecurring payment, the employer shall designate the reason for the lump sum or nonrecurring payment.
1. If the lump sum or nonrecurring payment was earned during a specific time period, the employer shall designate the time period during which the lump sum or nonrecurring payment was earned.
2. If the employer fails to designate a specific time period during which the lump sum or nonrecurring payment was earned, the payment shall be considered a lump sum bonus pursuant to KRS 16.505(8), 61.510(13), or 78.510(13).
(5) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet or agencies that are reported by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.
(6) Each employer shall report employees who are regular full-time employees as defined by KRS 61.510(21) and 78.510(21) and shall remit employer and employee contributions for those employees.
(7) Each employer shall report employees who are not regular full-time employees as defined by KRS 61.510(21) and 78.510(21), but shall not remit employer or employee contributions for those employees unless required to do so pursuant to KRS 61.680(6), except:
(a) Student employees of public universities participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System who are enrolled as full-time students in a course of study at the university and who are exempt from FICA withholding pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 3121(b)(10) and 26 C.F.R. 31.3121(b)(1)-2; and
(b) Student employees of public universities participating in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System who are enrolled as full-time students in a course of study at the university and are classified as full-time students throughout the fiscal year pursuant to 29 C.F.R. 519.2(a).
Section 2. (1) Each employer shall submit electronic mail to the retirement systems by logging on to the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ secure electronic mail server.
(2)(a) If an employer submits personal information about its employees to the retirement systems in an unsecure electronic format or submits personal information regarding its employees intended to be submitted to the retirement systems to another person or entity by hand delivery, mail, fax, or in an electronic format; the employer shall notify affected employees in writing of the disclosure of personal information and provide information regarding obtaining credit reports.
(b) Personal information includes the member’s first name or first initial and last name in combination with the member’s:
1. Social Security number;
2. Driver’s license number;
3. Personal Identification Number permitting access to the member’s account; or
4. Medical Information.
(c) The retirement systems shall notify the employer of a disclosure upon discovery.
(d) The employer shall notify the retirement systems of a disclosure upon discovery.
(e) The employer shall submit a draft of the written notification to be made to affected employees to the retirement systems for approval or denial.
(f) The employer shall submit copies of the written notifications made to affected employees to the retirement systems after the notifications have been made.
(g) If the retirement systems is required by federal or state law to provide notification to affected members about the employer’s disclosure of personal information or if the retirement systems determines that it should provide the notification to its affected members because of the nature or magnitude of the employer’s disclosure, the employer shall reimburse the retirement systems for its costs in notifying members affected by the employer’s disclosure.
(h) In transmitting any medically related personal information, the employer shall comply by all statutes and regulations comprising the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 "HIPAA", Pub.L. 104-191 and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act "HITECH", Pub.L. 111-5.
(i) Each employer shall execute a data use agreement with retirement systems.
Section 3. (1)(a) The retirement systems shall submit an invoice to employers for any payments owed to the retirement systems, which were not paid through the normal monthly reports.
(b) The employer shall remit payment to the retirement systems by the due date provided on the invoice.
(2) The retirement systems may offset funds owed by the employer to the retirement systems with funds owed to the employer by the retirement systems.
Section 4. (1) An employer shall pay interest at the rate adopted by the board for any creditable compensation paid as a result of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction, the Personnel Board, or the Human Rights Commission or for any creditable compensation paid in anticipation or settlement of an action before a court of competent jurisdiction, the Personnel Board, or the Human Rights Commission including notices of violations of state or federal wage and hour statutes or violations of state or federal discrimination statutes.
(2) The interest shall be assessed from the time period for which the creditable compensation has been reinstated.
Section 5. If an employer refuses to provide the retirement systems access to records or information requested in accordance with KRS 61.685 or does not respond to a request for information or records by the retirement systems, the retirement systems may, if appropriate, hold all payments of:
(1) Any funds due to the employer; or
(2) Refunds or initial retirement allowances to any employee or former employee of the employer whose refund or retirement may be affected by the records or information requested by the retirement system.
Section 6. (1) Effective July 1, 1996, and before July 1, 2002, the creditable compensation on which contributions are reported shall not exceed the maximum annual compensation limit contained in 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(17), $150,000, as adjusted for cost-of-living increases under 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(17)(B). The retirement system shall notify employers of the maximum annual compensation limit. Each employer shall report contributions on all creditable compensation up to the maximum annual limit. Once an employee's creditable compensation has reached the maximum annual limit, the employer shall continue to report the employee's creditable compensation but shall not report any further employer or employee contributions on the employee's creditable compensation. If excess contributions are erroneously reported, the retirement system shall refund the excess contributions to the employer for distribution to the employee after making payroll deductions in accordance with federal and state law.
(2) Effective only for the 1996 plan year, in determining the compensation of an employee eligible for consideration under this provision, the rules of 26 U.S.C. 414(g)(6) shall apply, except that in applying these rules, the term "family" shall include only the spouse of the member and any lineal descendants of the employee who have not attained age nineteen (19) before the close of the year.
(3) Effective with respect to plan years beginning on and after July 1, 2002, a plan member's annual compensation that exceeds $200,000 (as adjusted for cost-of-living increases in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(17)(B) shall not be taken into account in determining benefits or contributions due for any plan year. Annual compensation shall include compensation during the plan year or such other consecutive twelve (12) month period over which compensation is otherwise determined under the plan (the determination period). The cost-of-living adjustment in effect for a calendar year shall apply to annual compensation for the determination period that begins with or within the calendar year. If the determination period consists of fewer than twelve (12) months, the annual compensation limit shall be an amount equal to the otherwise applicable annual compensation limit multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of months in the short determination period, and the denominator of which is twelve (12). If the compensation for any prior determination period is taken into account in determining a plan member's contributions or benefits for the current plan year, the compensation for this prior determination period shall be subject to the applicable annual compensation limit in effect for that prior period.
(4) A participating member may pay contributions for the creditable compensation over the maximum annual compensation limit for the years used to determine the member's final compensation for purposes of retirement if:
(a) The member's creditable compensation has exceeded the maximum annual compensation limit contained in 25 U.S.C. 401(a)(17) in years prior to the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2002;
(b) The member has filed a notification of retirement; and
(c) The excess creditable compensation is within the maximum annual compensation limit applicable in 2002-2003. Upon receipt of employee contributions, the retirement systems shall bill the employer for the employer contributions on the excess creditable compensation, and the employer shall remit the employer contributions to the retirement systems. The excess shall only be included in retirement calculations if both the employee and employer have paid their respective contributions. (18 Ky.R. 922; Am. 1321; eff. 11-8-91; 21 Ky.R. 1517; eff. 2-8-95; 22 Ky.R. 1871; eff. 6-6-96; 31 Ky.R. 382; 699; eff. 11-5-2004; 35 Ky.R. 970; 1719; eff. 2-6-2009; 38 Ky.R. 74; 492; 9-28-2011; 39 Ky.R. 1484; 1872; eff. 4-5-2013.)