MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CT 06106

October 17, 2013


TRUSTEES PRESENT
Peter Blum
Robert Baus
Sandra Fae Brown-Brewton
Michael Carey
Charles Casella
Robert Coffey
Richard Cosgrove
James Dzurenda
Paul Fortier
Steve Greatorex
Sal Luciano
Laila Mandour
Ronald McLellan
Claude Poulin
Linda Yelmini

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
Martha Carlson, Deputy Comptroller
Lee Ann Palladino, CIO, Treasurer's Office

MUNICIPAL LIAISON
Thomas Landry

OTHERS PRESENT
Brenda Halpin, Director, Retirement Services Division
Peggy Gray, Executive Secretary, Retirement Services Division
Natalie Braswell, Asst. Comptroller

GUESTS
Nicole Dorman, Temporary Legal Counsel for the Commission

CALL TO ORDER
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.


CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
The Chairman, on behalf of the entire Commission congratulated Mr. Luciano on his new position as President of the AFLCIO.

DIVISION DIRECTOR'S ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

The Employee Benefit Statements for 2013 are expected to be mailed on or after December 1st. I will have sample copies at the November meeting for your review.


Following the close of the October 2013 retirement payroll, the Division processed 131 new retirees (108 normal, 13 disabilities, 6 Voluntary Pending and 4 Hybrid). We processed 100 finalizations for the month October. The total number of the backlog is 12,323.
We have received a total of 883 requests to transfer from the ARP to Hybrid. Of that number 732 were transfers, 139 retirees, 9 waivers, 3 prospective.


Pending Disability Applications as of September 30, 2013
Applications preliminarily reviewed: 84
Applications awaiting documentation: 191
Applications scheduled: 151
Total Pending: 426


FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Number of Applications Received 19
Number of Applications on Agenda 25
Number of Applications Approved 17


At the present time, we are reviewing cases from August 2013. The next available meeting for scheduling is April 2014.
We have received a request from the City of New London for the fire employees and the Fire Chief that are interested in joining CMERS. We have provided information to the City.


The staff of the Miscellaneous Unit, the Assistant Division Director Bonnie Price and I had an off-site meeting with ING at the Windsor location to review the process for handling ARP to Hybrid requests. The meeting was very successful and we appreciated meeting the staff that we work with each day.


We met with Commissioner Dzurenda and his staff from the Dept. of Correction to discuss the number of employees retiring between now and July 2014. We have increased our hazardous duty counseling sessions but it is not enough to meet the demand. So we are working with DOC to plan an additional meeting similar to the RIP sessions.


The contract for the RFP for the Pension Module is still in negotiation. Phase I of the project will begin as soon as the contract is signed.
The responses for the RFP for Legal Services for Commission are due on October 25th.


NEW MATTER

1. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 MINUTES Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the September minutes as amended. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

2. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN'S PER DIEM EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENTS Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the State Employees Retirement Commission Chairman's Per Diem expenses reimbursements. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

3. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM SERVICE RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Connecticut Employees Retirement System Service retirements for the month of September 2013 as amended. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

4. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM DISABILITY RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Connecticut State Employees Retirement System Disability retirements for the month of September 2013. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision


5. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM VOLUNTARY PENDING RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Connecticut State Employees Retirement System Voluntary Pending retirements for the month of September 2013. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

6. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETROACTIVE RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Connecticut Employees Retirement System Retroactive retirements for the month of September 2013. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

7. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETIREMENTS Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Municipal Retirement System Retirements. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

8. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE JUDGES, FAMILY SUPPORT MAGISTRATES AND COMPENSATION COMMISSIONERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETIREMENTS Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Judges, Family Support Magistrates and Compensation Commissioner's Retirement System Retirements. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

9. REQUEST COMMISSION ACCEPTANCE OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD FROM ITS MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 RELATIVE TO APPLICATIONS FOR DISABILITY RETIREMENT RECEIVED FROM THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to accept the recommendations of the Medical Examining Board from its meeting on September 20, 2013 on Paul Easterling and Maureen Bennett. Frederick Blood will be returned to the Medical Examining Board for clarification. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

10. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION MANAGEMENT TRUSTEES PER DIEM AND TRAVEL EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENTS Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the State Employees Retirement Commission Management Trustees Per Diem and Travel Expenses reimbursements. All voted in favor Mr. Baus abstained

Majority Decision

11. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION UNION TRUSTEES PER DIEM AND TRAVEL EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENTS Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the State Employees Retirement Commission Union Trustees Per Diem and Travel Expenses. All voted in favor Mr. Poulin abstained

Majority Decision

12. REQUEST COMMISSION TRUSTEE APPROVAL OF THE CALENDAR OF STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COMMISSION MEETING DATES FOR THE YEAR 2014 Mr. Casella moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Calendar of State Employee Retirement Commission meeting dates for Year 2014 with the amended date in January of the third Thursday, January 16, 2014 being the date. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

13 REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT FUND B STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS FOR THE PLAN YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Connecticut Municipal Employees' Retirement Fund B Statement of Operations for the plan Year Ending June 30, 2013. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

14 REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT FUND B BALANCE SHEET AS OF JUNE 30, 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the Connecticut Municipal Employees' Retirement Fund B Balance Sheet as of June 30, 2013. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

15. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION OF THE HARTFORD REGIONAL CHILDREN'S PROBATE COURT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS, DISABILITY AND HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the application of the Hartford Regional Children's Probate Court to participate in the Old-Age, Survivors, Disability and Health Insurance System. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

16. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF ITS SUBCOMMITTEE ON REGULATIONS AND OVERPAYMENTS FROM ITS MEETING ON OCTOBER 2, 2013 Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the recommendation of its Subcommittee on Regulations and Overpayments from its meeting on October 2, 2013. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

TABLED MATTER
REQUEST APPROVAL OF THE PARTICIPATION OF REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 16, BUSINESS OFFICE IN THE CONNECTICUT MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM (CMERS) After discussion, Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to table this item for more information. All voted in favor

Item Tabled

EXECUTIVE SESSION 10:10 a.m.

On a motion from Ms. Brown-Brewton, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to go into Executive Session with Attorney Nicole Dorman, Director Brenda Halpin and Attorney Natalie Braswell remaining in the room.

Update on Robinson and Cole matters/Contract
Update on Ice Miller matters
Hiring Commission Counsel update
415 (b) Ruling Update
Update on the Carter matter
Leff matter update
Maturo matter update
Bouchard matter update
Macari v. State Employees Retirement Commission: adoption of memorandum of articulation

Attorney Nicole Dorman left the meeting during the discussion on hiring Commission Counsel.

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION 11:17 a.m.
Ms. Brown-Brewton moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to return to Regular Session.

Ms. Mandour moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex authorizing the Chairman, Peter Blum, to continue his authority as Chairman to enter into a contract with Robinson and Cole, for less than one year and less than $20,000. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

Mr. Poulin moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to adopt the Macari memorandum with the Chairman signing on behalf of the Retirement Commission. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision


ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Greatorex moved, seconded by Mr. McLellan to adjourn the meeting at 11:22 a.m. All voted in favor


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Brenda K. Halpin, Director Peter R. Blum, Chair
Retirement Services Division


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