- An employee must be a contributing member (or a contribution is made on their behalf) of the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association (SCERA).
- Regular full-time employees and part-time employees in an allocated position of 0.5 full-time equivalent or greater are eligible to receive a County HRA contribution.
19.6.1 Additional HRA - Biweekly Contribution
Effective February 23, 2010, through August 5, 2013, (end of pay period closest to Board adoption) for each eligible employee in paid status, the County contributed ten dollars ($10) each pay period into each employee’s individual HRA account.
19.6.2 Additional HRA - Access to Account Balance, Survivors, and Forfeiture
Parameters for the HRA including access to the HRA account balance, survivors of eligible retirees with account balances, and forfeiture of account balance in the event an active employee dies prior to retirement are as described in the HRA Plan Document.
19.6.3 County HRA Contribution – Full Obligation
For Bargaining Unit members hired on or after January 1, 2009, the County contributions to the employee’s County HRA account described in Section 19.3 (County contribution toward Retiree Medical Plans – Employees Hired On or After 1/1/2009), combined with the County’s former contribution to the HRA as described in 19.6.1 (Additional HRA - Biweekly Contribution), constitute the County’s entire obligation towards medical benefits upon termination and/or retirement and the parties agree that no other retiree medical benefits exist.
19.6.4 Additional HRA – Determination of Intent
In the event that any court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction determines that any of the contributions described in Section 19.6.1 (Additional HRA - Bi-Weekly Contribution) are to be included in calculating the County’s contribution toward retiree medical insurance for any retiree(s), then the contributions described in Section 19.6.1 (Additional HRA - Bi-weekly Contribution shall be held in abeyance and the parties shall meet and confer on the matter to preserve the intent of the parties in an attempt to reach an agreement to preserve the benefits negotiated in Section 19.6.1 (Additional HRA - Bi-weekly Contribution).
In consideration for the supplemental HRA benefits provided in Section 19.6 (Additional HRA – Eligibility), the Council on behalf of itself and its current members/survivors as of January 12, 2010, waives any cause of action based on County conduct regarding retiree medical benefits from April 1, 2007 through August 5, 2013 (end of pay period closest to Board adoption). Unless compelled by operation of law, the Union further agrees it will not initiate, financially support, or participate in any grievances, claims, demands, or suits against the County resulting from or in connection with the matters described herein.
For active employees enrolled in a County sponsored medical plan, the County will make a one-time transfer of the funds contributed under this Section 19.6 into the active employee HRA account when administratively feasible.
The County makes no representation or warranties in regard to the tax treatment of the HRA, including whether any portion of the HRA is taxable by the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.
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