§ 28-46-2. Definitions.
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Accrued portion of the normal retirement benefit" means the amount of benefit credited by the employer to the account of an employee participating in a pension plan, or where there is no credit, that portion of the normal retirement benefit to which the director determines actuarially the employee should be entitled based on the covered service of the employee, as of the date of termination of employment.
(2) "Ceases to operate a place of employment" means either the complete termination of operations at a place of employment or a substantial reduction in the number of employees at a place of employment as part of a plan or in connection with an intent to move the business operations at that place of employment outside of the state. Substantial fluctuations in the number of employees of an employer whose business is of a seasonal nature shall not be deemed to be a ceasing to operate a place of employment except to the extent that a substantial reduction in the number of employees of the employer is attributable to a plan or intention to move the business operations of the employer outside of the state. When an employer ceases to operate a place of employment but offers to retain all of the employees at another location within the state, this chapter shall not apply.
(3) "Covered service" means periods of employment with an employer which are recognized under the terms of the employer's pension plan for the purposes of determining an employee's eligibility to receive benefits under the plan or the amount of those benefits.
(4) "Director" means the director of labor and training.
(5) "Employee" means any person employed at the place of employment during the year prior to the date when the employer ceases to operate the place of employment.
(6) "Employer" means any person, firm, or corporation who employs ten (10) or more people within this state at any time within one year prior to the date that it ceases to operate a place of employment.
(7) "Non-vested pension benefit" means the accrued portion of the normal retirement benefit of an employee participating in a pension plan to which the employee does not have a vested right.
(8) "Normal retirement benefit" means that benefit payable under a pension plan in the event of retirement at the normal retirement age as prescribed by the plan.
(9) "Pension plan" means any plan, fund, or program established, maintained, or entered into by an employer for the purpose of providing for its employees, or their beneficiaries, retirement benefits.
(10) "Place of employment" means any location within this state at which ten (10) or more persons are employed at any time within one year prior to the date that the employer ceases to operate at that location.
(11) "Vested right" means a non-forfeitable, legal right obtained by an employee participating in a pension plan to that part of an immediate or deferred pension benefit which arises from the employee's covered service under the plan and is no longer contingent on the employee remaining covered under the plan.
(P.L. 1974, ch. 295, § 1.)