TN 24 (11-09)
RS 01505.003 Absolute Coverage Groups (Non-retirement System)
Citations: Soc. Sec. Act, Sec. 218 (b) (5)
An absolute coverage group includes all positions not covered by a retirement system either on September 1, 1954 or on the applicable date of the agreement or modification (see Section 218(e)(2) of the Act, Effective Dates of Coverage SL 30001.375B, and Designated Date for Retroactivity Purposes SL40001.435).
The absolute coverage group does not include positions mandatorily or optionally excluded from coverage under a Section 218 agreement.
The state does not need the consent of the affected employees to establish an absolute coverage group.
Once an absolute coverage group obtains coverage by a Section 218 Agreement or modification, the absolute coverage positions remain covered even if they later are brought under a retirement system.