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The following words and phrases as used in this Section, unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context, shall have the following meaning:
"Retirement allowance," or "allowance," shall mean equal monthly payments, beginning to accrue upon the date of retirement, and continuing for life unless a different term of payment is definitely provided by the context.
"Compensation," as distinguished from benefits under the Workers' Compensation laws of the State of California shall mean all remuneration whether in cash or by other premiums or allowances made by the City and County, for service qualifying for credit under this Section, but excluding remuneration for overtime and such other forms of compensation excluded by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Section A8.500 of the Charter. Remuneration shall not mean new premiums or allowances first paid by the City and County after January 7, 2012, that exceed the rate of pay fixed for each classification for service qualifying for credit under this Section. For members with concurrent service in more than one position, "compensation" shall be limited to remuneration for the first hours paid during any fiscal year equal to one full time equivalent position. "Compensation" for any fiscal year shall not include remuneration that exceeds eighty five percent of the limits set forth in Internal Revenue Code Section 40l(a)(17) and as amended from time to time.
"Compensation earnable" shall mean the compensation as determined by the Retirement Board, which would have been earned by the member had he or she worked, throughout the period under consideration, the average number of days ordinarily worked by persons in the same grade or class of positions as the positions held by him or her during such period and at the rate of pay attached to such positions, it being assumed that during any absence, he or she was in the position held by him or her at the beginning of the absence, and that prior to entering City service, he or she was in the position first held by him or her in City service.
"Benefit" shall include "allowance," "retirement allowance," and "death benefit."
"Average final compensation" shall mean the average monthly compensation earned by a member during the higher of any three consecutive fiscal years of earnings or the thirty six consecutive months of earnings immediately prior to retirement.
For the purposes of the Retirement System and of this section, Section A8.603 and Sections A8.603-2 through A8.603-14, the terms "miscellaneous officer or employee," or "member," shall mean any officer or employee employed on and after January 7, 2012, who is not a member of the police, fire or sheriffs departments or in a miscellaneous safety classification as defined in the Charter for the purposes of the Retirement System. Said terms shall not include those persons who become members under the Public Employees' Retirement System or members of the State Teachers' Retirement System.
"Retirement Board" shall mean "Retirement Board" as created in Section 12.100 of the Charter.
"Charter" shall mean the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco.
Words used in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter genders, and singular numbers shall include the plural and the plural the singular.
"Interest" shall mean interest at the rate adopted by the Retirement Board.
(Added by Proposition C, Approved 11/8/2011)