§ 31.36  GUARDIAN EMPLOYEES; ELIGIBILITY FOR PENSION.
   (A)   Regular pension. A guardian employee member may retire on a regular pension upon attaining his/her normal retirement date and submitting an application for benefits for approval by the Retirement Board. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a guardian employee who has not previously retired shall be retired effective the first of the month following his 65th birthday.
   (B)   Early retirement pension. A guardian employee member may retire on an early retirement pension if he/she is within five years of age 60 and has accumulated at least 15 years of credited service.
   (C)   Vested pension.
      (1)   Any guardian employee member who ceases to be an employee of the town for any cause other than his/her death or retirement and has accumulated at least ten years of credited service with the town shall be entitled to receive a vested pension according to the following schedule:
Years of Credited Service   Percent of Vested Pension
   1-9            0%
   10            50%
   11            60%
   12            70%
   13            80%
   14            90%
   15 or more         100%
      (2)   A guardian employee member who is entitled to receive a vested pension may begin commencement of such benefit on the earlier of the first full month following:
         (a)   The month that the guardian employee member would have completed 20 years of credited service had he/she remained in service for the town; or
         (b)   The month the guardian employee member attains his/her normal retirement date (the date he/she would have been entitled to submit an application for benefits for approval by the Retirement Board for a regular pension under division (A) if he/she had remained in employment with the town through his/her normal retirement date).
   (D)   Service related disability pension.
      (1)   Any guardian employee member who is found by the Retirement Board to have become totally and permanently disabled from engaging for profit in any occupation or employment reasonably comparable in nature with that in which the guardian employee member has engaged at the time such disability occurred shall be entitled, upon approval of his/her written application for benefits filed with the Retirement Board, to retire and receive a service related disability pension. No guardian employee member may make more than one application to the Retirement Board during a 12-month period for a disability retirement unless such subsequent request is based upon a separate injury or illness.
      (2)   The right of such guardian employee member to receive and to continue to receive a service related disability pension shall be subject to the guardian employee member becoming totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries arising out of and in the course of his/her employment with the town within the meaning of the workers' compensation laws of the State of Connecticut.
      (3)   The Retirement Board may inquire from time to time into the continued disability of any guardian employee member receiving a disability pension and may terminate such disability pension at any time if:
         (a)   The Retirement Board finds that the guardian employee member is no longer totally and permanently disabled; or
         (b)   The guardian employee member refuses to comply with any reasonable request of the Retirement Board for a medical examination of the guardian employee member or for requests for other evidence as to his/her condition.
   (E)   Non-service related disability pension. Any guardian employee member who is found by the Retirement Board to have become totally and permanently disabled due to an injury or illness not arising out of the course of a guardian employee member's employment with the town shall be entitled to retire on a non-service related disability pension following the completion of at least ten years of credited service.
(Ord. 435, passed 3-12-01; Am. Ord. 666, passed 12-7-15)