(a) Every full‑time member of the staff of each member organization shall become a participant in the Fund:
(i) Upon commencing employment under an appointment for six months or longer or upon accepting such an appointment while in employment; or,
(ii) Upon completing, in the same or more than one member organization, six months of service without an interruption of more than thirty days,
whichever is earlier, provided that participation is not expressly excluded by the terms of staff member’s appointment.
(b) Participation shall cease when the organization by which the participant is employed ceases to be a member organization, or when he or she dies or separates from such member organization, except that participation shall not be deemed to have ceased where a participant resumes contributory service with a member organization within 36 months after separation without a benefit having been paid.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of (b) above, a participant is deemed to have separated when he or she has completed (i) a consecutive period of three years on leave without pay without concurrent contributions having been paid in accordance with article 25(b). To re-enter the Fund, such former participant would have to satisfy the requirements for participation set out in (a) above.
(a) Contributory service shall accrue to a participant in pay status from the date of commencement to the date of cessation of participation. For the purposes of articles 28(b) and (c) and 29(b), separate periods of contributory service shall be aggregated except that in such aggregation no account shall be taken of periods of service in respect of which a withdrawal settlement was paid and which were not subsequently restored.
(b) Contributory service may accrue in respect of leave without pay if contributions are received by the Fund in accordance with article 25(b).
(c) Additional contributory service may accrue to a participant if prior service is validated or restored in accordance with article 23 or 24, or if service in a member organization prior to its admission to membership has been recognized as contributory.
A participant may elect, within one year of the commencement of participation, to validate prior service during which he or she was not eligible under these Regulations for participation, provided that (i) participation succeeded the ending of such service within two years, (ii) the service was the most recent prior to participation and had not been interrupted by a break of more than one year, (iii) participation had not, during such service, been expressly excluded by the terms of appointment, and (iv) the totality of the period open to validation is elected.
A beneficiary of the participant under these Regulations, other than the recipient of a residual settlement, may, if the participant died before the expiry of the period within which the election may be made under (a) above, make the election on the participant’s behalf within such period.
Validation shall be subject to receipt by the Fund of contributions in accordance with article 25(c).
(a) In certain circumstances, a participant may elect, within one year of the recommencement of participation, to restore his or her most recent period of contributory service. A participant re-entering the Fund on or after 1 April 2007, who previously had not, or could not have, opted for a periodic retirement benefit following his or her separation from service, may, within one year of the recommencement of participation, elect to restore his or her most recent period of prior contributory service. Furthermore, and under the same terms and conditions, restoration of the most recent period of contributory service may also be elected if, before 1 April 2007, a participant had elected under article 30, or was deemed to have elected under article 32, a periodic deferred retirement benefit that was not yet in payment at the time of election to restore.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of (a) above, if the recipient or former recipient of a disability benefit again becomes a participant in pay status, the contributory service, for which the participant has not received a benefit, preceding the commencement of the disability benefit, shall be restored. Furthermore, in such a case the disability benefit period will be recognized as contributory service, without the payment of any contributions, and the participant shall retain the date of commencement of participation that was applicable preceding the commencement of the disability benefit.
(c) A beneficiary of the participant may make the election under (a) above, under the same conditions as a beneficiary under article 23(b).
(d) Restoration under (a) above shall be subject to receipt by the Fund of contributions in accordance with article 25(d).
(a) Contributions by the participant and by the employing member organization shall be payable to the Fund concurrently with the accrual of contributory service under article 22(a) at the percentage rates of pensionable remuneration specified below:
(b) (i) Contributions for the purpose of article 22(b) in respect of a period of leave without pay shall be at a percentage rate of the pensionable remuneration of the participant equal to the applicable rates specified in (a) above as payable by the participant and by the employing member organization, combined. Such contributions shall be payable concurrently with such leave, by the participant in full or by the organization in full, or in part by the participant and in part by the organization;
(ii) Notwithstanding the provisions of (i) above, payments in respect of a period of leave without pay during which a disability benefit was being paid under article 33 may be made, but only on the cessation of entitlement thereto, or within 12 months of the resumption of pay status by the participant.
(c) Contributions for the purpose of validation under article 23 shall be payable, with interest, by the participant and the organization in the amounts which would have been payable respectively by each had service during the period been contributory.
(d) Contributions for the purpose of restoration under article 24(a) shall consist of the lump-sum payment received by the participant in respect of the previous participation, together with the refund, if any, received by the employing member organization in respect of such participation under article 26 of the Regulations in force on 31 December 1982, with interest from the date of payment of the benefit or refund.
(e) In any case in which a period of contributory service accrues, or is deemed to accrue, to a participant otherwise than in accordance with article 22, contributions shall be payable, with interest, by the participant in the amount which would have been payable had service during such period been contributory, and by the organization in an amount sufficient to meet any additional obligations to be borne by the Fund resulting therefrom.
(a) In the event that an actuarial valuation of the Fund shows that its assets may not be sufficient to meet its liabilities under these Regulations, there shall be paid into the Fund by each member organization the sum necessary to make good the deficiency.
(b) Each member organization shall, subject to (c) below, contribute to this sum an amount proportionate to the total contributions which each paid under article 25 during the three years preceding the valuation date.
(c) The contribution of an organization admitted to membership less than three years prior to the valuation date shall be determined by the Board.