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Administrative Appeal Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20532 - Crandle v. Connecticut State Employees Retirement Commission (Administrative appeal; whether determination by State Employees Retirement Commission concerning date on which disability retirement benefits become payable was proper; "The principal issue in this appeal is whether the State Employees Retirement Act (act), General Statutes ยง 5-152 et seq., requires the state to commence payment of state employee disability retirement benefits on the day after the employee's last day of paid employment or, instead, the act permits the payment of such benefits to start on the first day of the month after receipt of the employee disability retirement application. The plaintiffs, Catherine Crandle and Ronald Robinson, who are former state employees, appeal from the judgment of the trial court dismissing their administrative appeal from the declaratory ruling of the defendant, the Connecticut State Employees Retirement Commission (commission). On appeal, the plaintiffs claim that the trial court improperly upheld the commission's declaratory ruling that, under various provisions of the act, disability retirement benefit payments commence on the first day of the month following receipt by the Retirement Services Division (division) of the employee's application for such benefits. The plaintiffs contend that the trial court improperly (1) deferred to the commission's interpretation of the act because that interpretation is neither reasonable nor time-tested, and (2) failed to consider that the commission, as a fiduciary of members of the State Employees Retirement System (SERS), had the burden of proving fair dealing by clear and convincing evidence. We disagree with these claims. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.")