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What occurs when the university receives a SURS 6% bill?

The Pension Code defines earnings as "an amount paid for personal services equal to the sum of the basic compensation plus extra compensation for summer teaching, overtime or other extra service." (40 ILCS 5/15-111) In the provisions of Public Acts 094-0004 and 094-1057, the operative section refers to comparisons of the "final rate of earnings". Exclusions from the final rate of earnings calculation are as follows:

"The following are not considered as earnings in determining the final rate of earnings (FRE):

  1. severance or separation pay.
  2. retirement pay.
  3. payment for unused sick leave.
  4. payments from an employer for the period used in determining final rate of earnings for any purpose other than
    1. services rendered
    2. leave of absence or vacation granted during that period.
    3. vacation of up to 56 work days allowed upon termination of employment; except that, if the benefit has been collectively bargained between the employer and the recognized collective bargaining agent pursuant to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, payment received during a period of up to 2 academic years for unused sick leave may be considered as earnings in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement, subject to the 20% increase limitation of this Section" (40 ILCS 5/15 112).

Yes, the law requires an assessment on the employer for increased benefit costs. There will be no assessment to employees.