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Qualified Years

Generally, a Participant will become eligible for retirement and death benefits from the Plan when he or she has earned a sufficient number of Qualified Years. The amount of a Participant's benefit is based on the contributions made to the Plan for that work.

Qualified Year

A Qualified Year is any calendar year in which a Participant has earned at least eight (8) Credited WeeksGenerally, a week of employment covered by the Plan..

Credited Week

Before March 31, 1960. For periods before March 31, 1960, a Credited Week is a week of employment for which a participating Employer would have been required to make a contribution to this Plan had the Plan been in effect at that time. Credited Weeks before March 31, 1960 are based on a Participant's Covered EarningsEarnings for employment as a writer that is covered by the Plan. Work for which there is no employee-employer relationship is not covered. Royalties, options, clips, program fees, character payments, theatrical residuals, publication fees, separated rights payments, and sale of original material are also not considered covered earnings. However, for periods on and after May 2, 1998, sales of literary material are considered covered earnings if the Employer also employs the writer to do a rewrite or polish on the material. in accordance with the following schedule:

Plan Year Covered Earnings Required
for One Credited Week
Before 1947
$125
1947–1950
$200
1951–1955
$250
1956–1959
$350
1960 (before March 31)
$350

In no event will a Participant be given more than 52 Credited Weeks in any one calendar year.

On or After March 31, 1960.   For the periods on or after March 31, 1960, a Credited Week is:

  • A week of employment for which an Employer is required to make a contribution to this Plan. A Participant who earns $5,000 of "gross compensation" in a Plan Year The term Plan Year means the calendar year. ($3,200 for Plan Years before 1997) shall be deemed to earn eight Credited Weeks for that Plan Year. For this purpose, "gross compensation" shall mean the amount of compensation upon which Employer contributions are based, as set forth in the applicable collective bargaining agreement; or
  • A week of employment for which an Employer made a contribution to the WGA Pension Trust Fund For The Broadcast Industry. (These are called "Live Fund" Years. "Live Fund" Years do not count in determining eligibility for, and the amount of, the Normal Death Benefit). The number of such weeks (not to exceed 52) each calendar year is determined by dividing $400 into the compensation paid each calendar year by the Employer to a Participant in the WGA Pension Trust Fund For The Broadcast Industry; or
  • A week of employment (whether or not for writing) with an Employer for which the Employer is not contractually required to make contributions to this Plan, if such noncontributory employment comes immediately before or after contributory employment with the same Employer without any intervening quit, discharge or retirement.
Qualified Screen Credited Year

A Qualified Screen Credited Year is a Plan Year between the years 1945 and 1959, inclusive, in which a Participant has earned at least eight Qualified Screen Credited Weeks A week of employment between 1945 and 1959 in connection with a theatrical screenplay. . A Qualified Screen Credited Year is also considered a Qualified Year for all other purposes.

Qualified Screen Credited Week

A Qualified Screen Credited Week is a week of employment in connection with a theatrical screenplay during the years 1945 through 1959, inclusive.

Military Service

Military Service In certain circumstances, service in the military will be counted as a Qualified Year. (service during which a Participant serves in the Armed Forces of the United States as a result of being drafted or as a result of an enlistment during a period of declared national emergency) for any Plan Year will be counted as a Qualified Year, provided such Military Service lasted for at least six months during the Plan Year and provided further that the Participant had earned a Qualified Year or a Qualified Screen Credited Year A Plan Year in which the Participant earned at least eight Qualified Screen Credited Weeks. prior to entering Military Service.

Effective December 12, 1994, if required by federal law, Participants who return from service in the uniformed services to work for their prior Employer may be eligible to have such years count as Qualified Years and may be eligible for certain benefits for such service. As a general rule, in order to have such service in the uniformed services count, the Participant must provide advance notice of the service, the period of service may not exceed five years, and the Participant must be honorably or generally discharged and must apply for reemployment with his or her prior Employer within a reasonable period of time. If a Participant leaves employment to perform service in the uniformed services, please contact the Plan Administrator for details about how these rules may apply and be prepared to supply evidence in order to determine the Participant's rights. Effective for deaths occurring on or after January 1, 2007, the survivor of a Participant who dies while performing qualified Military Service is entitled to receive any additional benefits (other than benefit accruals relating to the period of that Participant's qualified military service) the survivor would have received if the Participant resumed employment with the Employer and then died.