Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 9. Disability Retirement Benefits

Reinstatement Upon Termination Of Disability Benefit

19-9-905. Reinstatement upon termination of disability benefit. (1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b), a retired member whose disability retirement benefit is canceled as provided in 19-9-904 must be reinstated to the position held by the member immediately before retirement or to a position in a comparable pay and benefit category with duties within the member's capacity, whichever is first open. The board shall advise the employer that the disability retirement benefit has been canceled and that the member is eligible for reinstatement to duty. The fact that the member was retired for disability may not prejudice any right to reinstatement to duty that the member may have or claim to have.

(b) This section does not affect any requirement that the former employee meet or be able to meet professional certification and licensing standards unrelated to the disability and necessary for reinstatement.

(2) The city may request a medical or psychological review as to the ability of the member to return to work as a police officer. If the board's findings are upheld, the city shall pay the costs of the review.

(3) If the inactive member again becomes an active member by returning to service with an employer within 30 days following receipt of notice under 19-9-904, the member must be considered to have been continuously employed during the term of the member's disability. If the inactive member fails to become an active member by returning to service with an employer within 30 days following receipt of the notice, the member's termination of service is considered to have occurred as of the member's disability retirement date and the retirement benefit, if any, to which the member becomes entitled on the member's service retirement date must be determined accordingly.

History: En. 11-1872 by Sec. 13, Ch. 456, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 11-1872(2), (3); amd. Sec. 11, Ch. 597, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 201, Ch. 265, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 34, Ch. 370, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 60, Ch. 329, L. 2005.