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S.F. No. 1394 - Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board; Early Separation
Author: Senator Thomas M. Bakk
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: March 12, 2017


This summary addresses only subject matter in the jurisdiction of the State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

SF No. 1394 shifts certain responsibilities from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board to the Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation and makes other related changes to delineate responsibilities of the commissioner and the board.  In addition, Section 32 [Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board; Early Separation Incentive Program Authorization] authorizes an early retirement incentive program for employees for a limited time, as follows:

Paragraph (a) defines “commissioner” as the commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB).

Paragraph (b) permits the commissioner to offer early separation incentives to employees over 60 years old or who have accumulated 30 years of service.  Paragraph (b) also permits the commissioner to offer a targeted separation incentive program for employees at Giants Ridge who will be eliminated if the IRRRB ceases to manage Giants Ridge.

Paragraph (c) specifies incentives that the commissioner may offer, including employer-paid health, medical, and dental insurance until age 65 and cash incentives that can, at the employee’s option, be used to pay for service credit for the employee’s pension.

Paragraphs (d) and (e) specifies that the commissioner must establish eligibility requirements and may designate specific programs or employees to be eligible.

Paragraph (f) specifies that only the commissioner of the IRRRB may offer the incentives and the employee is not required to participate in the incentive program.  The employee’s acceptance must be in writing.

Paragraph (g) provides that the incentives must be paid out of money available to the commissioner by law, and may be paid only after the commissioner seeks a recommendation from the IRRRB.

Paragraph (h) specifies that implementation of this program is not an unfair labor practice, as defined elsewhere in statute.

Effective Date.  Makes this section effective the day after enactment and repeals this section on July 30, 2019.


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