03. Benefit Computation Factors

Zajac v US Post Office – 3.04

Zajac v US Post Office
Digest no. 3.04

Section 27(f)

Cite as: Zajac v US Post Office, unpublished opinion of the Macomb Circuit Court, issued February 9, 1981 (Docket No. 80-2340 AE).

Appeal pending: No
Claimant: John Zajac
Employer: U. S. Post Office
Docket no.: UCFE77 10907 56170
Date of decision: February 9, 1981

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CIRCUIT COURT HOLDING: The “cost of the benefit” is the present actuarial value of the retirement benefit.

FACTS: Claimant worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1942-1976. While claimant was employed, matching contributions were made by the claimant and the employer to the Federal Retirement Program. Claimant’s total contributions to the fund were $15,939. Claimant receives a gross monthly annuity of $913. As of the date of claimant’s separation, the total present value of the retirement benefit was $93,452.33.

DECISION: Claimant’s weekly benefit rate is subject to adjustment under Section 27(f) despite the fact that claimant and employer made matching contributions.

RATIONALE: Claimant’s contribution is less than 1/2 the present actuarial value of the retirement benefit.

Digest Author: Board of Review (original digest here)
Digest Updated: 6/91