(a) General rule: If any change or employer error in the records of any participating public employer or the plan results in any member, retirant or beneficiary receiving from the plan more or less than he or she would have been entitled to receive had the records been correct, the board shall correct the error. If correction of the error occurs after the effective retirement date of a retirant, and as far as is practicable, the board shall adjust the payment of the benefit in a manner that the actuarial equivalent of the benefit to which the retirant was correctly entitled shall be paid.
(b) Underpayments: Any error resulting in an underpayment to the retirement system of required contributions may be corrected by the member or retirant remitting the required employee contribution and the participating public employer remitting the required employer contribution. Interest shall accumulate in accordance with the Legislative Rule 162 CSR 7 concerning retirement board refund, reinstatement, retroactive service, loan and employer error interest factors and any accumulating interest owed on the employee and employer contributions resulting from an employer error shall be the responsibility of the participating public employer. The participating public employer may remit total payment and the employee reimburse the participating public employer through payroll deduction over a period equivalent to the time period during which the employer error occurred. If the correction of an error involving an underpayment of required contributions to the retirement system will result in increased payments to a retirant, including increases to payments already made, any adjustments shall be made only after the board receives full payment of all required employee and employer contributions, including interest.
(c) Overpayments: (1) When mistaken or excess employer contributions, including any overpayments, have been made to the retirement system by a participating public employer, due to error or other reason, the board shall credit the participating public employer with an amount equal to the erroneous contributions, to be offset against the participating public employer's future liability for employer contributions to the system. Earnings or interest shall not be credited to the employer.
(2) When mistaken or excess employee contributions, including
any overpayments, have been made to the retirement system, due to
error or other reason, the board shall have sole authority for
determining the means of return, offset or credit to or for the
benefit of the employee of the amounts, and may use any means
authorized or permitted under the provisions of Section 401(a), et
seq. of the Internal Revenue Code and guidance issued thereunder
applicable to governmental plans. Alternatively, in its full and
complete discretion, the board may require the participating public
employer to pay the employee the amounts as wages, with the board
crediting the participating public employer with a corresponding
amount to offset against its future contributions to the plan: Provided, That the wages paid to the employee shall not be
considered compensation for any purposes under this article.
Earnings or interest shall not be returned, offset, or credited
under any of the means utilized by the board for returning mistaken
or excess employee contributions, including any overpayments, to an
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