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Mar 11, 2022, 12:02 PM By MOSERS
Is it true that state workers that retire in 2023 will not be able to come back to work for state government on a temporary basis and why is this?
Before receiving a benefit payment from MOSERS, an employee must have a “bona fide termination". For purposes of the MOSERS’ board rules, a "bona fide termination" occurs when:
- You have completely severed employment;
- You have not entered into a prearranged agreement, prior to retirement, with any employer for subsequent employment on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other); and
- You are not subsequently employed by any employer on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other) within 30 days after your employment with your prior employer has ended.
Upon meeting the termination and reemployment rules, you may return to work and continue receiving your monthly pension payment, as long as your position is not a MOSERS or MoDOT and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS) benefit-eligible position.
Mar 7, 2022, 10:08 AM By MOSERSDid HB3014 include funding for matching, up to 25.00, team members contributions? We used to get matching funds before it disappeared in early 2000.The $25 incentive for saving in MO Deferred Comp was not in the supplemental budget bill, HB 3014; however, it is in HB 3005. You can follow any bills that might impact MOSERS on our Legislation page. Each week, we post an updated legislative status report for your information.
Mar 4, 2022, 3:24 PM By MOSERSI understand that MOSERS COLA is 80% of the "average CPI" increase. Can you tell me how the average CPI is calculated? According to bls.gov, "From December 2020 to December 2021, consumer prices for all items rose 7.0 percent, the largest December to December percent change since 1981."
This is a great question! The source you reference is comparing the change from just the month of December in 2020 to just the month of December in 2021. According to Missouri state law, each January, MOSERS must compare the average monthly values of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the calendar year just completed (2021) to the average CPI from the prior year (2020) to determine the percentage change between the two years. For example, while the difference from the month of December 2020 to the month of December 2021 was nearly 7%, the difference from January 2020 to January 2021 was 1.38%. We must use the average change from one year to the next. Please see the 2022 COLA Calculation Memo for details.
As you noted, for general state employees, COLAs are based on 80% of the percentage increase in the average (CPI) from one year to the next. The maximum increase is 5% (minimum 0%). Please see the article, The 2022 COLA is Here, for additional information.
Mar 4, 2022, 3:22 PM By MOSERSHello. I do have a question about working part time in state government after retirement. I know that a job with a state agency is limited to less than 1000 hours annually, and I did that for awhile right after retirement. I have been offered a part time job with a private consulting firm that is contracted with a state agency. Since my employer would be a private firm, not state government, these hours would not count towards a 1000 hour limit, correct? Thanks!
You are correct. Upon meeting the termination and reemployment rules, you may return to work and continue receiving your monthly pension payment, as long as your position is not a MOSERS or MoDOT and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS) benefit-eligible position (i.e. a position normally requiring at least 1,040 hours a year).
Contracted employees working directly under a private firm are not typically classified as state employees. Such employment should not interfere with your ability to receive your MOSERS benefit, however, we recommend that you contact the employer to confirm that anyone employed as such would not be considered a state employee.
If you return to work for the state of Missouri in a MOSERS or MPERS benefit-eligible position:
- Your monthly pension payment will stop.
- Depending on various factors (your plan, how long you work, etc.), you may or may not earn additional credited service during reemployment.
- When you retire again, your monthly pension payment will equal the amount you were receiving when you returned to work plus any additional benefit you may have earned during reemployment.
Mar 4, 2022, 3:16 PM By MOSERSI am reaching out about the in-person retirement seminar for 2011 employees. At this time there are only 2, both in Jefferson City. Could there please be some added in other parts of the state? For anyone outside central Missouri this presents difficulties: such as myself it is a 5 hour drive one way. This means a VERY long day (4am-9pm) or missing 1/2 to 1 day work & the cost of a room.
You are correct. For MSEP 2011 members we offer two in-person Ready to Retire seminars in Jefferson City. However, we also have two online webinars available this year on May 17th and September 20th. This is a great way to skip the commute and get important benefit information from your home.
You can visit our Ready to Retire page for more information and to learn how to register for a webinar.
Mar 2, 2022, 2:02 PM By MOSERSIs my pension secure? Concerned about russia investments.
Yes, your pension is secure.
As an institutional investor, MOSERS, like many public pension funds across the country, maintains a diversified portfolio to invest the funds of the System. Within the portfolio, MOSERS utilizes external fund managers when investing in non-US securities, rather than any direct investing. As of March 1, MOSERS had approximately $9 million of indirect Russian exposure within MOSERS’ global investment funds. This exposure, which is a portion of MOSERS’ diversified investment strategy, accounts for approximately 0.07% (seven one-hundredths of one percent) of the total MOSERS portfolio exposure of $13.3 billion.
The MOSERS Board of Trustees will hold a special Board meeting on Thursday, March 3, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss Russian exposure within MOSERS’ asset allocation.
Feb 28, 2022, 11:53 AM By MOSERSI am a 74 year old retiree. I do not have term life insurance through MOSERS. Can I get it at this late date? If so what is the coverage and cost and do I have to undergo a medical exam?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. If you retired under MOSERS without any MOSERS life insurance, you cannot add it later. Below are the guidelines.
MOSERS offers basic life insurance of one times their annual salary at no cost to active employees. MOSERS members can purchase additional optional life insurance while actively working.
Basic Retiree Coverage After Retirement
- If you retire within 60 days of leaving state employment, the state will continue to provide you with $5,000 of coverage at no cost to you.
- If you wish to do so, you have 60 days from your retirement date to port or convert any remaining basic life insurance through The Standard Insurance Company.
Optional Life Insurance and Retaining Coverage After Retirement
If you retire within 60 days of leaving state employment, or retire directly from active employment, you may be eligible to retain some of your optional life insurance coverage.
- You may retain up to $60,000 in coverage if you are a member of the MSEP. Your coverage cannot exceed the amount your carried while actively employed.
- You may retain all of your optional coverage until age 62 if you are a general state employee who retired under the “Rule of 80” (MSEP 2000) or the “Rule of 90” (MSEP 2011). At age 62, your coverage will automatically reduce to a maximum of $60,000.
Once you terminate coverage in retirement, it cannot be reinstated. You cannot increase your coverage after retirement.
Feb 23, 2022, 3:56 PM By MOSERS
A co-worker told me that any pay I earn after my "Rule of 80" date doesn't count toward by 3 highest years. I am currently in back drop, but wanted to postpone my retirement if the state raises salaries by 5.5%. This co-worker said they talked to a MOSERS benefit counselor and were told anything past the date they can "80 and out" isn't used for the 3 highest years to calculate benefits. I have never gotten that impression in the retirement seminars I've attended. Please help! Thank you
When you make an application to retire with MOSERS, you will have options regarding how your retirement benefit will be paid. BackDROP is simply another payment option available to you if you have worked at least 2 years beyond eligibility for normal retirement (“Rule of 80” or any other age & service eligibility criteria).
If you work beyond when your reach eligibility for normal retirement (under the “Rule of 80” or any other eligibility criteria), your pay can be included in your highest 36 months of pay IF it is not in your BackDROP period.
Any pay or service you get during your BackDROP period is not counted when calculating your monthly benefit payment. If you become eligible for and elect the BackDROP upon retirement, your highest 36 consecutive months would be determined from your MOSERS-covered work history prior to your BackDROP date.
But keep in mind, you are not required to take BackDROP, regardless of how long you work beyond normal retirement eligibility, and you don’t have to notify MOSERS of any decisions about BackDROP until you retire.
- You may elect not to take BackDROP, if you want all your service and pay to count and, likely, increase your monthly benefit, or,
- You could elect to take a shorter BackDROP period, or
- You could work additional years, if you want to take advantage of a significant increase in pay being included in your Final Average Pay.
Our BackDROP page, with a BackDROP graphic near the bottom, may help you visualize how it works or you can read the BackDROP brochure for more information. BackDROP can be complicated to understand, so MOSERS benefit counselors are available to help by phone or through an in-person appointment.
Note: BackDROP is available only to general state employees (including university employees) in MSEP and MSEP 2000.
Feb 18, 2022, 9:03 AM By MOSERS
Hi Folks My question is, is my spouse still allowed to attend the Ready to Retire Seminar? Thank you very much.
In order to give priority to our members who may not have been able to attend a session in 2020 or 2021, we are not allowing spouses or guests to attend with you at an in-person Ready to Retire seminar in 2022. However, your spouse or guest is welcome (and encouraged) to attend with you in an online webinar.
Feb 15, 2022, 1:45 PM By MOSERSThis year(2022) I will be 54 and will have completed 32 years working for the State. I will have my 5 year backdrop complete in 2024 at age 56. I plan to roll over my back drop sum. Will I be penalized for collecting my monthly retirement checks before 59-1/2?
Once you meet both the age and service requirements for normal retirement, there is no tax penalty for collecting your monthly defined benefit pension payment from MOSERS prior to age 59 ½.
Given a retirement of age 55 or later and a rollover of a BackDROP payment to a qualified retirement account *(such as MO Deferred Comp), future withdrawals from that account prior to age 59 ½ would not be subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty.
For further reference, please see the Special Tax Notice brochure for more details.
*Excludes Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA’s).
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