Horney v US Post Office – 3.02

Horney v US Post Office
Digest no. 3.02

Section 27(f)

Cite as: Horney v US Post Office, unpublished opinion of the Berrien Circuit Court, issued May 12, 1983 (Docket No. 82-2657-AE-B).

Appeal pending: No
Claimant: Alan A. Horney
Employer: US Post Office
Docket no.: UCF80 16132 75134
Date of decision: May 12, 1983

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CIRCUIT COURT HOLDING: The cost of the benefit cannot be construed to mean the present actuarial value of the benefit. “This Court interprets the statutory use of the word “costs” in its plain and ordinary meaning that is, the amount actually spent for something (perhaps of much greater value)”.

FACTS: Claimant and employer paid matching contributions to the retirement fund totaling $28,848. The ultimate value of the pension (based on an actuarial computation) would be $134,000. There is no showing that other costs, beyond the contributions and the respective interest on said contributions were actually paid into the fund.

DECISION: Claimant’s benefits are not subject to reduction under Section 27(f).

RATIONALE: “That the amount actually contributed by both parties plus interest may not be sufficient to pay the ultimate possible pension benefits that might be received by appellant and that any such contingent balance may have to come from other sources (the amount of which is now underterminate and may be nothing) does not make such contingent balance a “cost of benefits” in determining and reducing the amount of unemployment benefits to which appellant otherwise is entitled.

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