Insurance premiums will be withheld from these payments unless:
- There are insufficient funds.
- You are on an unpaid medical leave of absence or medical layoff during the entire pay period.
Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
Deductions will not be withheld, since PERA has indicated that it will not recognize these payments as wages on which pension contributions must or may be taken.
PERA disability benefit
Receipt of vacation/PTO donations will have no impact on any PERA disability benefit for which the recipient is currently eligible or may become eligible in the future.
If you are a member of the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund (MERF), it is probably not to your advantage to participate in the vacation/PTO donation program, since participation would disqualify you from receiving MERF disability or retirement benefits concurrent with vacation/PTO donations.
Short-term and long-term disability
Receipt of vacation/PTO donations will have no impact on any disability benefit for which the recipient is currently eligible or may become eligible in the future. You can receive disability and vacation/PTO donations concurrently.
The receipt of vacation/PTO donations will not affect:
- The payroll status in which you are placed upon exhausting your paid leave benefits
- Your benefit accrual (e.g., sick leave and vacation or PTO)
- Your benefit eligibility
Social Security benefits
These payments will not impact any Social Security disability benefits the recipient may receive.
Recipients should check with the SSA to determine whether these payments should be described in his/her file so there is no confusion when these payments are reported as wages by the county on the annual Form W-2 (implying they are payment for hours worked).
Payments received under this program could impact any Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit recipient receives from Social Security.
If you receive SSI benefits, you should determine how they would be affected by these payments before agreeing to accept them. Finally, the Social Security Administration has advised that, if the recipient accepts donations, the recipient should retain copies of all correspondence pertaining to this program and check stubs for the payments you receive, in the event Social Security questions arise in the future.
Impact on other insurance or social service benefits
The decision regarding the impact of donations on any other insurance or social service benefits for which the recipient may be entitled must be made by the sponsoring organization or underwriter.
The county will respond to any request for information from another program or plan in which the recipient is a participant.