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5.09.120 Unforeseeable Emergency.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 179417, 182168 and 186746, effective August 6, 2014.)  A Participant may apply on a form supplied by the Bureau of Human Resources Director, or his or her designee, for payment prior to Severance from Employment or Retirement from City employment but such applications may be granted only if the Participant is experiencing an Unforeseeable Emergency which would cause undue hardship if payment were denied. If the Bureau of Human Resources Director, or his or her designee, finds that a Participant is experiencing an Unforeseeable Emergency, he or she may approve an amount reasonably needed to satisfy the unforeseen emergency be made to the Participant. Payment will be made within 90 days of the date of such approval. Participants who request and are granted a hardship withdrawal from their deferred compensation account may not have their salaries reduced under the terms of this Chapter for a period of six (6) months following such hardship withdrawal.  If the Bureau of Human Resources Director, or his or her designee, denies the application for payment, said denial shall be in writing. A Participant may appeal the decision to the Committee. An appeal must be in writing and received by the Plan Administrator within 30 days of the date of denial. The Committee shall issue a written decision within 90 days of receipt of the appeal by the Plan Administrator. Any decision of the Committee is final.