Section: Short title
As used in this act:
"Service" shall always, unless otherwise stated, be considered as continuous or in the aggregate.
"Salary" or "compensation" when used solely for the purpose of fixing benefits under this act means the average annual salary or compensation earned by a member during his or her 3 years of service, or during his or her entire length of service if such service totaled less than 3 years as a county employee immediately preceding death or retirement; provided, however, that no benefit paid to a surviving spouse shall exceed 25% of the final compensation of said member, but in no instance shall be less than $2,500.00; provided, however, that as to any employee who, at the time of the adoption of this act, is a member of any retirement system in operation in the county under and by virtue of articles 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 of chapter 10 and chapter 9 of Title 43 of the Revised Statutes and of R.S. 40:37-157 to 40:37-174, inclusive, and of "An act providing for the retirement of persons employed in the department of weights and measures of any county in this State, and providing a pension for such persons so retired," filed June 21, 1938 (P.L.1938, c. 397), the total annual salary received by such employee during the year immediately prior to his death or retirement shall be considered for pension or other purposes under this act.
"Pension fund" or "fund" means the fund referred to in section 16 of this act, and is the fund from which pensions provided for in this act shall be paid.
"State" shall, unless otherwise stated, mean the State of New Jersey.
"His" shall be construed to mean both sexes.
"County employee" or "employee" means and includes all employees and officers in service in any county of this State having a population of from 300,000 to 325,000 inhabitants and shall mean and include all employees and officers of any county board, body or commission, maintained out of county funds in any such county, and shall also mean and include employees and officers appointed by such county to employment on intercounty bridges, but the term "county employee" or "employee" does not include office holders elected by the voters of the county, or their appointed assistants or deputies, or members of the judiciary, or any laborers, unless the labor work is paid on an hourly, daily, monthly, or annual salary basis for a continuous employment thereof and recognized as permanent appointees, it being the intent to exclude transient labor from the operation of this act. The pension commission shall determine whether or not the employment of an employee is permanent within the meaning of this act. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other statute of this State, any person hereafter accepting any employment in the county under the age of 40 years shall be eligible to join as a "county employee" or "employee" as hereinabove defined, and except as herein otherwise provided, any such person of the age of 40 years or over shall be ineligible to join; provided, however, that any employee who, at the time of the adoption of this act, is a member of any retirement system in operation in such county under and by virtue of articles 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 of chapter 10 and chapter 9 of Title 43 of the Revised Statutes, and of R.S. 40:37-157 to 40:37-174, inclusive, and of "An act providing for the retirement of persons employed in the department of weights and measures of any county in this State, and providing a pension for such persons so retired," filed June 21, 1938 (P.L.1938, c. 397).
"Population" of a county shall mean the population of a county according to the Federal census of 1940.
"Widow" or "widower" means the surviving spouse of a county employee who married such employee prior to the retirement of such employee and prior to the time when such employee reached the age of 50 years. No such surviving spouse shall be eligible for any benefit hereunder who was or shall be more than 15 years younger than the employee at the time of their marriage, if such marriage occurs hereafter while the employee is a member of this retirement system.
"Minor child" means a child under the age of 18 years born in lawful wedlock, and shall include children adopted, and shall not include children born of marriages occurring outside the age limits prescribed under this act.
"Permanent and total disability" means physical or mental incapacity of an employee any longer to perform the duties of his position or office.
"Employees' retirement system of (name of county)," shall be the name of the retirement system provided under the provisions of this act. By that name all of its business shall be transacted, its funds invested, warrants for money drawn and payments made and all of its cash and securities and other property held.
L.1948, c. 310, p. 1227, s. 1. Amended by L.1957, c. 204, p. 718, s. 1; L.1975, c. 230, s. 1, eff. Oct. 16, 1975.
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