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40 ILCS 5/15-202
(40 ILCS 5/15-202)
Optional deferred compensation plan.
(a) As soon as practicable after August 10, 2018 (the effective date of Public Act 100-769), the System shall offer a deferred compensation plan that is eligible under Section 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to participating employees of the System employed by employers described in Section 15-106 of this Code that qualify as eligible employers under Section 457(e)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Such eligible employers shall adopt the plan with an effective date no later than September 1, 2021. Participating employees may voluntarily elect to make elective deferrals to the eligible deferred compensation plan. Eligible employers may make optional employer contributions to the plan on behalf of participating employees, which contributions may be maintained, increased, reduced, or eliminated at the discretion of the employer from plan year to plan year. The plan shall collect voluntary employee and optional employer contributions into an account for each participant and shall offer investment options to the participant. The plan under this Section shall be operated in full compliance with any applicable State and federal laws, and the System shall utilize generally accepted practices in creating and maintaining the plan for the best interest of the participants. The System may use funds from the employee and employer contributions to defray any and all costs of creating and maintaining the plan. The System shall produce an annual report on the participation in the plan and shall make the report public.
(b) The System shall automatically enroll in the eligible deferred compensation plan any employee of an eligible employer who first becomes a participating employee of the System on or after July 1, 2023 under an eligible automatic contribution arrangement that is subject to Section 414(w) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the United States Department of Treasury regulations promulgated thereunder. An employee who is automatically enrolled under this subsection (b) shall have 3% of his or her compensation, as defined by the plan, for each pay period deferred on a pre-tax basis into his or her account, subject to any contribution limits applicable to the plan. The Board may increase the default percentage of compensation deferred under this subsection (b).
An employee shall have 30 days from the date on which the System provides the notice required under Section 414(w) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to elect to not participate in the eligible deferred compensation plan or to elect to increase or reduce the initial amount of elective deferrals made to the plan. In the absence of such affirmative election, the employee shall be automatically enrolled in the plan on the first day of the calendar month, or as soon as administratively practicable thereafter, following the 30th day from the date on which the System provides the required notice. An employee who has been automatically enrolled in the plan under this subsection (b) may elect, within 90 days of enrollment, to withdraw from the plan and receive a refund of amounts deferred, adjusted by applicable earnings and fees. An employee making such an election shall forfeit all employer matching contributions, if any, made with respect to such refunded elective deferrals and such forfeited amounts shall be used to defray plan expenses. Any refunded elective deferrals shall be included in the employee's gross income for the taxable year in which the refund is issued.
(c) The System may provide for one or more automatic contribution arrangements, which shall comply with all applicable Internal Revenue Service rules and regulations, in conjunction with or in lieu of the eligible automatic contribution arrangement under subsection (b), for participating employees of eligible employers whose annual earnings are limited by application of subsection (b) of Section 15-111 of this Code. The amount of elective deferrals made for the employee each pay period under an automatic contribution arrangement shall equal the default percentage specified by resolution of the Board multiplied by the employee's compensation as defined by the plan, subject to any contribution limits applicable to the plan, and shall be made on a pre-tax basis. An employee subject to this subsection (c) shall have 30 days from the date on which the System provides written notice to the employee to elect to not participate in the eligible deferred compensation plan or to elect to increase or reduce the amount of initial elective deferrals made to the plan. In the absence of such affirmative election, the employee shall be automatically enrolled in the plan beginning the first day of the calendar month, or as soon as administratively practicable thereafter, following the 30th day from the date on which the System provides the required notice.
(d) The System may provide that the default percentage for any employee automatically enrolled in the eligible deferred compensation plan under subsection (b) or (c) be increased by a specified percentage each plan year after the plan year in which the employee is automatically enrolled in the plan. The amount of automatic annual increases in any plan year shall not exceed 1% of compensation as defined by the plan.
(e) The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly are corrections of existing law and are intended to be retroactive to the effective date of Public Act 100-769, notwithstanding Section 1-103.1 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 102-540, eff. 8-20-21.)