Rules & Rulemaking
The MainePERS Board of Trustees recently completed rulemaking on one rule. A brief description of recent rulemaking is as follows:
Chapter 511 – Standards for Actively Seeking Work
This rule sets out the standards and definitions to be applied in determining under 5 M.R.S.A. §§ 17929(2)(B)(1) and 18529(2)(B)(1) whether a disability retirement benefit recipient is actively seeking work. The new rule repeals and replaces the prior rule.
The new rule: (1) Updates job-seeking requirements by eliminating required in-person job seeking contacts and permitting online applications; (2) Specifies that job applications must be submitted to employers who are accepting applications; (3) Elaborates on activities required to be taken with the Maine Department of Labor Career Center; (4) Clarifies that decisions to suspend benefits are subject to the informal hearing, written decision, and appeals rights in 5 M.R.S. § 17105-A; (5) Changes from six to three the number of months that the member can be noncompliant in any twelve-month period before benefits are terminated; (6) Deletes an obsolete provision; and (7) Removes unnecessary language and improves readability.
At its November 18 meeting, the Board of Trustees adopted the replacement rule. Final regulatory review has been completed, and the effective date of the amended rule is December 8, 2021.
The amended rule may be viewed on this web site via the link above, or a copy may be obtained by contacting the Chief Executive Officer’s office at 1-800-451-9800 or by email at [email protected].