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Chapter 5  |  Article 5 - 10C

1 - THE GOVERNOR

1A - ITEMIZATION OF PROPOSED APPROP

1B - CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

1C - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

1D - GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF FISCAL RI

1E - HEALTHY WEST VIRGINIA PROGRAM

2 - SECRETARY OF STATE

3 - ATTORNEY GENERAL

4 - BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS

5 - SALARY INCREASE FOR STATE EMPLO

6 - STATE BUILDINGS

7 - SOCIAL SECURITY AGENCY

8 - PUBLIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND P

9 - DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

10 - WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEE

10A - DISQUALIFICATION FOR PUBLIC

10B - GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DEFERRE

10C - GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES RETIREM
    5 - 10 C- 1
    5 - 10 C- 2
    5 - 10 C- 3
    5 - 10 C- 4
    5 - 10 C- 5

10D - CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC RETIREME

11 - HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

11A - WEST VIRGINIA FAIR HOUSING A

12 - WEST VIRGINIA ANTIQUITIES COM

13 - PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' AND TEACHER

14 - WEST VIRGINIA COMMISSION FOR

14A - WEST VIRGINIA INTERPRETER FO

15 - WHITE CANE LAW

16 - WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEE

16A - THE WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH CAR

16B - WEST VIRGINIA CHILDREN'S HEA

16C - PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST MANAG

16D - WEST VIRGINIA RETIREMENT HEA

17 - WEST VIRGINIA COMMISSION ON E

18 - WEST VIRGINIA CABLE TELEVISIO

18A - TENANTS' RIGHTS TO CABLE SER

19 - DOMESTIC ALUMINUM, GLASS AND

20 - THE GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION ON

21 - ENERGY COST REDUCTION GUIDELI

22 - GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION CONTR

22 A - WEST VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL POL

22A - DESIGN-BUILD PROCUREMENT ACT

23 - COMMISSION ON MASS TRANSPORTA

24 - WEST VIRGINIA FOREST MANAGEME

25 - RESIDENT TRUSTEE ACCOUNTS

26 - GOVERNOR'S CABINET ON CHILDRE

26 - HERBERT HENDERSON OFFICE OF M

26A - WEST VIRGINIA COMMISSION FOR

27 - SEVERABILITY

28 - COMMISSION ON HOLOCAUST EDUCA

29 - EXPEDITIOUS ISSUANCE OF LICEN

WVC 5- CHAPTER 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL; BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC.
WVC -10C- ARTICLE 10C. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT PLANS.

WVC 5-10C-1 §5-10C-1. Legislative purpose.
The legislative purpose of this enactment is to enable this state, its agencies and political subdivisions, and political subdivisions of counties and municipalities to pick-up and pay the contributions which their employees are by law required to make to the respective retirement system in which the public employee is a member.

WVC 5-10C-2 §5-10C-2. Construction and effect of article.
This article shall apply to all retirement plans for employees sponsored by any public employer in this state. This article shall, on and after the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-six, be read in pari materia and harmonized with the provisions of this code creating any retirement system for public employees.

WVC 5 - 10 C- 3 §5-10C-3. Definitions.
The following words and phrases as used in this article, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated by the context, have the following meanings:
(1) "Accumulated contributions" means the sum of all amounts credited to a member's individual account in the member's deposit fund and includes both contributions deducted from the compensation of a member and contributions of a member picked up and paid by the member's participating public employer, plus applicable interest thereon.
(2) "Board of trustees" means, as appropriate: The Consolidated Public Retirement Board created in article ten-d of this chapter; the Higher Education Policy Commission; the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education; the institutional governing boards responsible for the higher education retirement plan and supplemental retirement plan; or the boards of trustees of the firemen's and policemen's pension and relief funds created in article twenty-two, chapter eight of this code.
(3) "Employee" means any person, whether appointed, elected or under contract, providing services for a public employer for which compensation is paid and who is a member of the applicable retirement system.
(4) "Member" means any person who has accumulated contributions standing to his or her credit in a retirement system.
(5) "Member contributions" means, as appropriate: The contributions required by section twenty-nine, article ten of this chapter from employees who are members of the West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System; the contributions required by section twenty-six, article two, chapter fifteen of this code from employees who are members of the West Virginia State Police Death, Disability and Retirement Fund; the contributions required by section seven, article fourteen-d, chapter seven of this code from employees who are members of the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System; the contributions required by section fourteen, article seven-a, chapter eighteen of this code from employees who are members of the State Teachers Retirement System; the contributions authorized or required by section fourteen-a, article seven-a of said chapter or by section four-a, article twenty-three of said chapter from employees who are members of the West Virginia higher education retirement plan and supplemental retirement plan; the contributions required by section four, article nine, chapter fifty-one of this code from employees who are members of the Judges' Retirement System; the contributions required by section nineteen, article twenty-two, chapter eight of this code from employees who are members of municipal firemen's and policemen's pension and relief funds; the contributions required by section eight, article twenty-two-a, chapter eight of this code from employees who are members of the Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System; the contributions required by section nine, article seven-b, chapter eighteen of this code from employees who are members of the Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System; the contributions required by section five, article two-a, chapter fifteen of this code from the employees who are members of the West Virginia State Police Retirement System; or the contributions required by section eight, article five-v, chapter sixteen of this code from employees who are members of the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Retirement System.
(6) "Participating public employer" means the State of West Virginia, any board, commission, department, institution or spending unit and includes any agency with full-time employees, created by rule of the Supreme Court of Appeals, which for the purpose of this article shall be considered a department of state government and county boards of education with respect to teachers employed by them; any political subdivision in the state which has elected to cover its employees, as defined in this article, under the West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System; any political subdivision in the state which has elected to cover its employees, as defined in this article, under the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System; any political subdivision in the state which has elected to cover its employees, as defined in this article, under the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Retirement System; and any political subdivision in this state which is subject to the provisions of articles twenty-two and twenty-two-a, chapter eight of this code.
(7) "Political subdivision" means the State of West Virginia, a county, city or town in the state; a school corporation or corporate unit; any separate corporation or instrumentality established by one or more counties, cities or towns, as permitted by law; any corporation or instrumentality supported in most part by counties, cities or towns; any public corporation charged by law with the performance of a governmental function and whose jurisdiction is coextensive with one or more counties, cities or towns, any agency or organization established by or approved by the Department of Health and Human Resources for the provision of community health or mental retardation services and which is supported in part by state, county or municipal funds.
(8) "Retirement system" means, as appropriate: The West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System created in article ten of this chapter; the West Virginia State Police Death, Disability and Retirement Fund created in sections twenty-six through thirty-nine-a, inclusive, article two, chapter fifteen of this code; the West Virginia Deputy Sheriff Retirement System created in article fourteen-d, chapter seven of this code; the state Teachers Retirement System created in article seven-a, chapter eighteen of this code; the West Virginia higher education retirement plan and supplemental retirement plan created in section fourteen-a, article seven-a of said chapter and section four-a, article twenty-three of said chapter; the Judges' Retirement System created in article nine, chapter fifty-one of this code; the firemen's or policemen's pension and relief funds created in section sixteen, article twenty-two, chapter eight of this code; the Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System created in section four, article twenty-two-a, chapter eight of this code; the Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System created in article seven-b, chapter eighteen of this code; the West Virginia State Police Retirement System created in article two-a, chapter fifteen of this code; or the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Retirement System created in article five-v, chapter sixteen of this code.
(9) "Teacher" has the meaning ascribed to the term "teacher member" in section three, article seven-a, chapter eighteen of this code.
WVC 5 - 10 C- 4 §5-10C-4. Pick-up of members' contributions by participating public employers.
(a) The State of West Virginia for its public employees and county boards of education for its teachers shall pick-up and pay the contributions which the employees are required by law to make to the retirement system in which they are a member for all compensation earned by its member employees after June 30, 1986. Any political subdivision that is a participating public employer in the West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System shall pick-up and pay the contributions which the employees are required by law to make to the retirement system in which they are members for all compensation earned by its member employees after January 1, 1995. Public employers participating in the Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System shall pick-up and pay the contributions which the employees are required by law to make to the system in which they are members for all compensation earned by its member employees beginning January 1, 2010. Counties shall pick-up and pay the contributions which the employees are required by law to make to the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System in which they are members for all compensation earned by its member employees after June 30, 1998. Any election made by a political subdivision to pick-up and pay employee contributions prior to January 1, 1995, remains in effect and is not altered or amended by the amendments made to this section during the regular legislative session, 1995. Unless a different commencement date for pick-up is specifically stated in this section, all participating public employers under this article, with respect to retirement systems subject to this article, shall pick-up and pay the contributions which their employees are required by law to make to the retirement system in which they are a member from and after the commencement of the required employee contributions.
(b) When the participating public employer picks up and pays the contributions of its member employees, the contributions, although designated by statute as employee contributions, shall be treated as employer contributions in determining the tax treatment thereof under article twenty-one, chapter eleven of this code and the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the contributions shall not be included in the gross income of the employee in determining his or her tax treatment under those provisions until they are distributed or made available to the employee or his or her beneficiary. The participating public employer shall pay these employee contributions from the same source of funds used in paying compensation to the employee, by effecting an equal cash reduction in the gross salary of the employee, or by an off-set against future salary increases, or by a combination of reduction in gross salary and off-set against future salary increases. In no event shall any employee of a participating public employer have the right to opt out of pick-up or to elect to receive the picked-up and contributed amounts directly instead of having them paid by the participating public employer into the retirement system pursuant to this article.
(c) When employee contributions are picked up and paid by the participating public employer, they shall be treated by the board of trustees in the same manner and to the same extent as employee contributions made prior to the date on which employee contributions are picked up by the participating public employer.
(d) The amount of employee contributions picked up by the participating public employer shall be paid to the retirement system in the manner and form and in the frequency required by the board of trustees and shall be accompanied by supporting data that the board of trustees may prescribe. When paid to the retirement system, each of these amounts shall be credited to the deposit fund account of the member for whom the contribution was picked up and paid by the participating public employer.
WVC 5 - 10 C- 5 §5-10C-5. Savings clause.
In enacting this article, it is the intent of the Legislature that the retirement plan created pursuant to this article and those created pursuant to article ten of this chapter; article fourteen-d, chapter seven of this code; article twenty-two-a, chapter eight of this code; article two, chapter fifteen of this code; article seven-a, chapter eighteen of this code; article nine, chapter fifty-one of this code; section four-a, article twenty-three, chapter eighteen of this code; section sixteen, article twenty-two, chapter eight of this code; article seven-b, chapter eighteen of this code; article two-a, chapter fifteen of this code; and article five-v, chapter sixteen of this code qualify under Section 401 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and that the member contributions picked up by the participating public employer qualify under Subsection (h), Section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. If the United States Internal Revenue Service does not approve of certain sections or phraseology of certain sections of this article as being in compliance with the statutes or regulations governing the Internal Revenue Service, the respective boards of trustees, in the adoption of the deferred compensation plan, shall adopt the terminology with respect to those sections that comply with the statutes or regulations governing the Internal Revenue Service.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§ 5 - 10 - 2 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 10 - 31 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 10 - 48 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 444
PASSED - Regular Session

SB444 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to PERS
§ 5 - 13 - 2 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 13 - 4 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 452
PASSED - Regular Session

SB452 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to TRS annuity calculation of member with reciprocal service credit
§ 5 - 11 A- 3 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 11 A- 5 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 11 A- 6 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 11 A- 7 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2387
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2387 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to reasonable accommodations under the West Virginia Fair Housing Act for persons with disabilities who need assistive animals
§ 5 - 4 - 1 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4149
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4149 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Allowing members of the Board of Public Works to be represented by designees and to vote by proxy
§ 5 - 11 B- 1 - (New Code)
§ 5 - 11 B- 2 - (New Code)
§ 5 - 11 B- 3 - (New Code)
§ 5 - 11 B- 4 - (New Code)
§ 5 - 11 B- 5 - (New Code)
§ 5 - 11 B- 6 - (New Code)
§ 5 - 11 B- 7 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4284
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4284 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act
§ 5 - 10 - 27 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4349
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4349 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying retirement dependent child scholarship and burial benefits under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order
§ 5 - 10 B- 13 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 - 10 B- 14 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2837
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2837 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 05/07/2013)
Amending various provisions of the Code affecting the Treasurer's Office
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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