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§ 1344. Flexible benefits plan--Expenses included--Income exclusions and inclusions--Administra...

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 74. State Government

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 74. State Government (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 37B. State Employees Flexible Benefits Act
74 Okl.St.Ann. § 1344
§ 1344. Flexible benefits plan--Expenses included--Income exclusions and inclusions--Administration contracts with private firms--Informational meeting
A. The Board shall establish a flexible benefits plan. All state employers as defined in Section 1342 of this title shall offer the flexible benefits plan to employees.
B. Expenses included in an employee's salary adjustment agreement pursuant to the flexible benefits plan shall be limited to expenses for:
1. Dependent health insurance pursuant to the provisions of Section 1309 of this title;
2. Insurance premiums or retirement plan premiums or payments which are supplemental to insurance or retirement programs offered by the State of Oklahoma or which are paid for under salary adjustment agreements pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 1, 3 or 4 of subsection B of Section 7.10 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes;
3. Dependent care;
4. Medical care as defined by the Board; or
5. All other eligible programs offered under Title 26, Section 125 et seq. of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.
C. The amount by which an employee's salary is adjusted pursuant to a salary adjustment agreement shall be excluded from income in computation of income tax withholding, unemployment payments and workers' compensation coverage. Such amount shall be included as income in computation of state retirement contributions and benefits. Provided, if the inclusions and exclusions provided in this subsection conflict with the provisions of federal law or regulations pertaining to flexible benefits plans, the Board is authorized to modify or abolish such inclusions and exclusions.
D. The Administrator of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board with approval of the Board shall promulgate rules, regulations and procedures as necessary for implementation and administration of the flexible benefits plan.
E. The Administrator of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board under the direction of the Board shall contract with one or more private firms or organizations to administer the flexible benefits plan. The contract shall be made at no cost to any employee of the State of Oklahoma.
F. All employers shall begin offering the flexible benefits plan to employees not later than January 1, 1990.
G. No less than thirty (30) working days prior to the annual deadline for making changes to state employees' benefit packages, all state agencies shall provide a one-day employee benefit informational meeting. Representatives of vendors that have an authorized payroll deduction for state employees pursuant to Section 7.10 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes or Section 1701 of this title shall be invited and encouraged to attend these meetings to provide benefit information and answer questions of state employees related to health, financial planning and other benefits. Agencies shall provide vendors with adequate space within which to meet with employees. Agencies shall provide adequate notice of the meetings to active and retired employees, and shall allow each active employee to spend at least sixty (60) minutes during the workday to attend the meetings. For those state government facilities that operate twenty-four (24) hours a day, vendors shall be allowed access to each shift.


Laws 1989, c. 370, § 8, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 244, § 12, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 219, § 13, emerg. eff. May 22, 1991; Laws 2005, c. 215, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 231, § 6, eff. July 1, 2006.
74 Okl. St. Ann. § 1344, OK ST T. 74 § 1344
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 3 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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