TITLE 28
Labor and Labor Relations

CHAPTER 28-30
Workers' Compensation Court

SECTION 28-30-16.2


§ 28-30-16.2 Retirement of judges engaged after July 2, 1997, on full pay.

(a) Whenever any person first engaged as a judge:

(1) Subsequent to July 2, 1997 and prior to January 1, 2009, has served as a workers' compensation judge for twenty (20) years and has reached the age of sixty-five (65) years, or has served for fifteen (15) years and reached the age of seventy (70) years, he or she may retire from regular active service and subsequently he or she shall receive annually during his or her life a sum equal to his or her average highest three (3) consecutive years of compensation;

(2) On or after January 1, 2009 and prior to July 1, 2009 has served as a workers' compensation judge for twenty (20) years and has reached the age of sixty-five (65) years, or has served for fifteen (15) years and reached the age of seventy (70) years, he or she may retire from regular active service and subsequently he or she shall receive annually during his or her life a sum equal to ninety percent (90%) of his or her average highest three (3) consecutive years of compensation.

(3) On or after July 1, 2009 has served as a workers' compensation judge for twenty (20) years and has reached the age of sixty-five (65) years, or has served for fifteen (15) years and reached the age of seventy (70) years, he or she may retire from regular active service and subsequently he or she shall receive annually during his or her life a sum equal to eighty percent (80%) of his or her average highest five (5) consecutive years of compensation.

(b) Whenever a judge or magistrate shall be granted a leave of absence without pay, such absence shall not be credited towards active service time for the purposes of retirement.

(c) Any judge who retires in accordance with the provisions of this section shall at the direction of the chief justice of the supreme court, subject to the retiree's physical and mental competence be assigned to perform those services as a judge that the chief judge prescribes. When so assigned and performing that service, the retiree shall have all the powers and authority of a judge. The retired judge shall not be counted in the number of judges provided by law for the workers' compensation court.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 93, § 4; P.L. 2007, ch. 126, § 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 179, § 3; P.L. 2008, ch. 100, art. 35, § 3; P.L. 2009, ch. 68, art. 7, § 7; P.L. 2013, ch. 30, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 40, § 1.)