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Sec. 1702.  Definitions.
 
   In addition to the words and phrases defined in the Fire and Police Pension Plan's General Provisions in Part 3, and for the purposes of this Tier 6, the following words or phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated in the context.
 
   (a)   Member of the Fire Department.  Member of the Fire Department means the Fire Chief and a person duly and regularly appointed in the Fire Department, under civil service rules and regulations or provisions of the Charter, or both, governing the making of original regular and permanent appointments which require the serving of probationary periods but not of original emergency or temporary appointments, to perform duties as a firefighter for the City, under whatever designation such person may be described in any salary or departmental ordinance providing salaries for the members of the department, but such person shall be a member of the department only until his or her status as such shall be terminated by reason of retirement, resignation or discharge or for any other reason.
 
   (b)   Member of the Police Department.  Member of the Police Department means the Chief of Police and a person duly and regularly appointed in the Police Department, under civil service rules and regulations or provisions of the Charter, or both, governing the making of original regular and permanent appointments which require the serving of probationary periods but not of original emergency or temporary appointments therein, and sworn in, as provided by law, to perform duties as a police officer for the City, under whatever designation such person may be described in any salary or departmental ordinance providing salaries for the members of the department, but such person shall be a member of the department only until his or her status as such shall be terminated by reason of retirement, resignation or discharge or for any other reason.
 
   (c)   Member of the Harbor Department.  Member of the Harbor Department means the Port Warden and a person duly and regularly appointed, under civil service rules and regulations or provisions of the Charter, or both, governing the making of original regular and permanent appointments which require the serving of probationary periods but not of original emergency or temporary appointments therein, and sworn in, as provided by Penal Code Section 830.1, to perform police duties for the Harbor Department, under whatever designation such person may be described in any salary or departmental ordinance providing salaries for members of the department, but such person shall be a member of the department only until his or her status as such shall be terminated by reason of his or her retirement, resignation or discharge or for any other reason.
 
   (d)   Member of the Airport Department.  Member of the Airport Department means the Chief of the Airport Police, the Assistant Chief of the Airport Police, the Chief Airport Safety Officer, and a person duly and regularly appointed, under civil service rules and regulations or provisions of the Charter, or both, governing the making of original regular and permanent appointments which require the serving of probationary periods but not of original emergency or temporary appointments therein, and sworn in, as provided by Penal Code Section 830.1, to perform police or firefighting duties for the Airport Department, under whatever designation such person may be described in any salary or departmental ordinance providing salaries for members of the department, but such person shall be a member of the department only until his or her status as such shall be terminated by reason of his or her retirement, resignation or discharge or for any other reason.
 
   (e)   Tier 6 Plan Member.  Tier 6 Plan Member means a person who is a Department Member and whose pension rights and benefits are governed by this Tier 6.  For purposes of the provisions governing Tier 6, the term Plan Member shall generally refer to a Tier 6 Plan Member, unless the context in which the term is used indicates a usage that refers to or includes members of other Tiers.  Status as a Tier 6 Plan Member is limited by the provisions of Section 1700.
 
   (f)   Qualified Surviving Spouse.  Qualified Surviving Spouse means a person who was married to the Tier 6 Plan Member:
 
   (1)   for at least one year prior to the date of his or her nonservice-connected death while a Tier 6 Plan Member, or
 
   (2)   on the date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's service-connected death, or
 
   (3)   for at least one year prior to the effective date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's retirement upon a service pension or a nonservice-connected disability pension, or
 
   (4)   on the effective date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's retirement upon a service-connected disability pension, or
 
   (5)   on the date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's nonservice-connected death while on military leave.
 
   In addition, on the date of the member's death, this person must be either the domestic partner (registered with the state or filed with the Plan) or spouse of such member.
 
   To the extent required by state law, two persons of the same sex whose legal union, other than a marriage, has been validly formed in another jurisdiction and is substantially equivalent to a state registered domestic partnership shall be treated the same as spouses for purposes of this Plan.  For these purposes, any reference to the date of a marriage shall be deemed to refer to the date of a legal union in another jurisdiction.
 
   (g)   Qualified Surviving Domestic Partner.  Qualified Surviving Domestic Partner means a person whose Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Tier 6 Plan Member was on file with the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners, as provided in Section 4.2204 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code, or whose domestic partnership with the Tier 6 Plan Member was registered with the state:
 
   (1)   for at least one year prior to the date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's nonservice-connected death, or
 
   (2)   on the date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's service-connected death, or
 
   (3)   for at least one year prior to the effective date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's retirement upon a service pension or a nonservice-connected disability pension, or
 
   (4)   on the effective date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's retirement upon a service-connected disability pension, or
 
   (5)   on the date of the Tier 6 Plan Member's nonservice-connected death while on military leave.
 
   In addition, on the date of the member's death, this person must be either the domestic partner (registered with the state or filed with the Plan) or spouse of such member.
 
   (h)   Qualified Survivor.  Qualified Survivor means a person who is either a Qualified Surviving Spouse or a Qualified Surviving Domestic Partner.
 
   (i)   Child.  Minor Child means a person who is a child or an adopted child of a deceased Tier 6 Plan Member or Retired Tier 6 Plan Member but such person shall be a Minor Child only until such person shall attain the age of 18 years or shall marry, whichever shall be earlier.  A person may further qualify for the benefits provided for a Minor Child under the provisions of this Tier until he or she reaches the age of 22 years if such person is enrolled in school on a full-time basis as determined by the Board but such person's marriage terminates entitlement to the benefits of a Minor Child.
 
   (j)   Dependent Child.  Dependent Child means a person who is a child of a deceased Tier 6 Plan Member or a deceased Retired Tier 6 Plan Member, who, while under the age of 21 years, had become disabled, either prior to or after the date of death of such member, from earning a livelihood for any cause or reason whatsoever, but such person shall be a Dependent Child only until he or she shall cease to be disabled from earning a livelihood.  Should disability cease before the age of 22 years, the limitations set forth in subsection (h) shall be applicable.
 
   (k)   Dependent Parent.  Dependent Parent means a person who is a parent of a deceased Tier 6 Plan Member or a deceased Tier 6 Retired Plan Member and to or for whom such deceased member, during at least one year immediately preceding his or her death, contributed one-half or more of such Dependent Parent's necessary living expenses and who is unable to pay such expenses without the receipt of a pension, but such person shall be a Dependent Parent only until he or she shall be able to pay his or her necessary living expenses.
 
   (l)   Length of Service Pay.  Length of Service Pay means any additional gross monthly pay which, by reason of length of service, shall be provided by ordinance or by Memorandum of Understanding.
 
   (m)   Special Pay.  Special Pay means any additional gross monthly pay which, by reason of assignment to perform special duties other than hazardous duties, shall be provided by ordinance or Memorandum of Understanding.
 
   (n)   Hazard Pay.  Hazard Pay means any additional gross monthly pay which, by reason of assignment to perform helicopter duties, two-wheel motorcycle duties or any other hazardous duties, shall be provided by ordinance or Memorandum of Understanding.
 
   (o)   Assignment Pay.  Assignment Pay means any additional gross monthly pay which, by reason of assignment to perform special duties or hazardous duties, in a higher class, position, grade, code or other title than the lowest thereof within the Tier 6 Plan Member's permanent rank, shall be provided by ordinance or Memorandum of Understanding.
 
   (p)   Year.  Year means a period of 12 months or, in aggregating partial years for purposes of determining Years of Service, means 365 days.
 
   (q)   Years of Service.  Years of Service means and includes only those periods during or for which the Plan Member was a Department Member of the Fire Department, a Department Member of the Police Department, a Department Member of the Harbor Department, or a Department Member of the Airport Department, and whether prior to or after his or her becoming a Tier 6 Plan Member and subject to the limitations contained in Section 1700 of this Tier 6:
 
   (1)   did or shall receive salary, whether in full or reduced amounts thereof;
 
   (2)   did or shall receive either a service-connected disability pension or a nonservice-connected disability pension from the Plan if he or she was or shall be restored to active duty as a Department Member and did or shall perform his or her duties as such for at least one year prior to again retiring or being retired pursuant to this Tier 6, which year shall not include any time off from work by reason of any injury or illness which had been caused by or contributed to by any injury or illness which had been sustained or suffered by him or her prior to such restoration.  The restored Plan Member, upon completing one Year of Service following restoration, shall be eligible for such credit only to the extent that the length of service following restoration matches the period the disability pension was received; but upon completing three years of restored service, the restored Plan Member is eligible for credit for the entire period the disability pension was received; and provided further that a period during which a Plan Member was on a nonservice-connected disability pension may only be counted toward his or her Years of Service if the Plan Member makes contributions therefore as provided in Section 1714 of this Tier 6 in accordance with the rules to be adopted by the Board;
 
   (3)   is or shall become entitled, under any provision of general law or ordinance of the City, to credit toward retirement for periods of military service or military leave;
 
   (4)   did or shall receive Workers' Compensation benefits for temporary disability as provided by general law on account of any injury or illness arising out of and in the course of employment, but such period shall be made a part of the Plan Member's Years of Service only if the Plan Member has made contributions to the Fire and Police Pension Plan in the manner prescribed by Board rule;
 
   (5)   is or shall become entitled to compensation for injury on duty pursuant to any ordinance of the City or any applicable Memorandum of Understanding; and
 
   (6)   had served as a member of the Fire and Police Pension System – Tiers 2, 3, 4, or 5, without having become eligible to service retirement benefits.
 
   A person who has previously been a Plan Member of any Tier, who has ceased to be such by virtue of his or her resignation or discharge, and who subsequently becomes a Tier 6 Plan Member, shall be entitled to credit for Years of Service during the prior membership period only if he or she has first redeposited with interest, any contributions previously withdrawn by him or her, in the manner provided by the Board.
 
   A Qualified Survivor of a Tier 6 Plan Member may complete the purchase of Years of Service credit elected by the Plan Member.
 
   (r)   Partial Year of Service.  Partial Year of Service means any period mentioned in subsection (p) of this section which is less than 12 months.  Any such Partial Year of Service shall be calculated from the end of the Plan Member's last completed Year of Service to the end of the payroll period immediately prior to the date of his or her retirement and shall be counted as part of a Plan Member's Years of Service for his or her retirement upon a service pension hereafter granted or for a pension hereafter granted to his or her Qualified Survivor, Minor Child or Children, Dependent Child or Children or Dependent Parent or Parents if he or she hereafter shall die while upon a service pension hereafter granted or while eligible for a service pension.
 
   (s)   Final Average Salary.  Final Average Salary means an amount equivalent to a monthly average of salary actually earned during any 24 consecutive months of service as a Plan Member as designated by the Plan Member.  In the absence of such designation, the last 24 consecutive months preceding the date upon which retirement would become effective shall be used as the basis for the calculation of Final Average Salary.
 
   For the purposes of determining Final Average Salary for periods during which the Plan Member receives less than full salary on account of injury or illness, pursuant to any applicable ordinance of the City, the Final Average Salary shall be based upon the salary, including any Length of Service Pay, Special Pay, Assignment Pay or Hazard Pay, the Plan Member would have received but for the injury or illness.
 
   Included in the calculation of Final Average Salary shall be Length of Service Pay, Special Pay, Assignment Pay and Hazard Pay actually earned during the 24 consecutive months used to determine Final Average Salary.
 
   For those Tier 6 Plan Members who retire from the Fire Department while holding a rank no higher than Captain or from the Police Department holding a rank no higher than Lieutenant:  If Hazard Pay was not earned during all or any part of the 24 consecutive months used to determine Final Average Salary, then an amount equivalent to 10% of the Hazard Pay earned at the time of the termination of the last assignment of hazardous duties for each year in the aggregate of the assignment to hazardous duties shall be added to the Final Average Salary, not to exceed 10 years in the aggregate. The total amount of Hazard Pay included in Final Average Salary may not exceed 100% of the amount the Plan Member would have earned had he or she been entitled to Hazard Pay during the entire 24 month period utilized in the calculation of Final Average Salary.
 
   Overtime compensation or payments of money to the member not designated as salary by an ordinance or Memorandum of Understanding shall not be considered for purposes of calculating Final Compensation.
 
   Should a Tier 6 Plan Member not have completed 24 consecutive months of service as a Plan Member, then and in that event only shall the Final Average Salary be calculated as a monthly average of all consecutive calendar months completed, and, if the Plan Member has completed less than one month of total service as a Plan Member, the salary actually received shall be used to calculate its monthly equivalent.
 
   Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, if a Retired Tier 6 Plan Member were to be restored to active duty as a Department Member and thereby again were to become a Tier 6 Plan Member and if he or she again were to retire or to be retired without having performed his or her duties for at least one year subsequent to such restoration, which year shall not include any time off from work by reason of any injury or illness which had been caused by or contributed to by any injury or illness which had been sustained or suffered by him or her prior to such restoration, the Final Average Salary which shall be applicable to his or her later retirement shall be the Final Average Salary which had been applicable to his or her previous retirement.  Should the Plan Member have performed the requisite one year subsequent to such restoration, but not have completed 24 consecutive months of service since being restored, then in that event Final Average Salary shall be calculated as a monthly average of all consecutive months completed after such restoration.
 
SECTION HISTORY
 
Added by Charter Amendment G § 1, approved March 8, 2011, effective April 8, 2011.
Amended by:  Charter Amendment SSS §§ 6 – 8, approved November 8, 2016, effective December 15, 2016.