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  • Overtime & Final Average Pay (FAP)

    Jul 24, 2018, 10:32 AM By MOSERS

    Given the extreme amount of overtime currently being worked by corrections officers (over 1 million hours so far in 2018, and 1.6 million last year), how will this effect the long term funding available for pensions? Their pension is based off their 3 highest consecutive grossing years of service. Many officers have been grossing 2-3 times their base pay due to the inordinate amount of overtime. This has been ongoing now for two-three years. This will make a huge impact on their pension monthly benefit, increasing it exponentially. Has there been any comprehensive study done on how this will effect our pension funding in the future?

    Calculating Your Benefit

    You are correct, retirement benefits for general state employees are calculated using a three-part formula:

    Final Average Pay (FAP)  x credited service  x  a multiplier =  Monthly Base Benefit

    As you referenced, FAP is determined using your highest 36 full consecutive months of pay when looking at your entire work history covered under MOSERS. Practically speaking, for most, that is their last three years, but not always. The exception to this would occur under the BackDROP (if eligible). 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. In other words, any pay or service during your BackDROP period doesn’t count toward your monthly benefit payments.

    Overtime pay can increase your retirement benefits if there is a pattern of overtime pay. We don’t count one-time payments or any payments from your employer after you terminate state employment such as for unused vacation/annual leave.

    Pension Funding

    With regard to your question about how all this overtime will affect pension funding, you can rest assured that it is all being factored in to our funding process, we have made our external actuary aware of it, and we will continue to monitor it.

    In setting funding policy, our Board of Trustees works with our external actuary to review and set assumptions about a variety of economic and demographic factors including payroll growth, inflation, life expectancy, and several other factors.

    We conduct an annual “valuation” which is collecting all the above data (and more) and sending it to our external actuary. Our actuary does an “experience study” every 5 years to compare our assumptions to our actual experience with our members and with other economic factors. Then, we make adjustments accordingly. All that (and more) goes into the calculation of employer contribution rates going forward.

    The Department of Corrections (DOC) is a large employer but is one of several that we cover. While there may have been increases in payroll at DOC, they are offset elsewhere. For the year ended 6/30/17, the overall pay increase for state employees we cover was slightly less than assumed (p. 20 of 2017-06-30 Actuarial Valuation MSEP). We will have the data for FY18 soon. Each of the 39 state departments, agencies, colleges, or universities that we cover makes employer contributions as a percentage of their total actual payroll, which includes overtime pay. So,paying overtime also increases the amount of employer contributions that DOC has already been making to MOSERS. As mentioned above, we will continue to monitor overtime at DOC and factor it into our funding calculations.

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  • Medical Premiums & MOSERS Retirement Benefit Check

    Jul 5, 2018, 2:49 PM By MOSERS

    My husband and I both retired in our late 50's and still have 5 years to go before we reach medicare age. Hopefully this won't happen, but if insurance keeps going up what would happen if the amount of our insurance exceeds the amount of my benefit check? Both of our premiums are taken out of my check. I'm worried about the increasing cost. As we don't want to lose the insurance would we be able to pay the amount not covered by my benefit check directly to MOSERS?

    Note: MOSERS administers retirement, life insurance and long-term disability insurance benefits. For most state employees, health care is administered by Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP). They provided us with a response for this question below.

    MCHCP will not deduct partial premiums from a retirement benefit check. If the MCHCP premium is more than the retiree’s benefit check amount, then MCHCP will automatically set up the member on direct bill payment. MCHCP will mail a billing statement to the retiree/member showing the premiums due and the date payment is due. Members on direct bill have other payment opportunities including automatic (ACH) withdrawal from a bank account or online bill pay. The automatic withdrawal authorization form is available can be found on the MCHCP website: http://www.mchcp.org/forms/st_autoWithdraw.pdf.

    Also, members on direct bill may choose to pay premiums online through their myMCHCP account using a debit or credit card. Please note the bank which administers the online payment process for MCHCP charges a service fee when a member uses this payment option.

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  • Pay Raises

    Jul 5, 2018, 8:52 AM By MOSERS

    are we possibly getting a raise in January

    If you are asking about a pay raise for active state employees (versus a cost-of-living adjustment for MOSERS retirees), please understand that MOSERS is not involved in any decision making related to state employee pay.

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  • Last Day of Work

    Jun 29, 2018, 8:47 AM By MOSERS

    I was told: When retiring. You MUST work your last day before retirement. I was told that you cannot use comp or vacation time on your last working day.

    Just to clarify—your last day at work is your “termination date”. Your “retirement date,” when it comes to getting your benefits from MOSERS, is the date you put on your Retirement Application and it will be the first day of the month in which you start receiving retirement benefit payments. For example, if a member’s last day at work is January 31, their retirement date could be February 1.

    Your retirement date must be the first day of the month. You will need to contact your Human Resources representative regarding if you need to be present on your last day of work.

    Annual leave has no effect on your MOSERS benefit. Please contact your agency’s human resources representative to determine your agency's procedure for using annual leave prior to retirement.

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  • MSEP 2000 Retirement Eligibility

    Jun 12, 2018, 8:14 AM By MOSERS

    i started working for the state at the age of 51 I started in dec 2010 I want to retire at the age of 62 but I won't have 80 and out, will I still get my state check even if I don't have 80 and out?

    Yes, you may be eligible for retirement at age 62 even if your age and service don’t add up to 80. The Rule of 80 (also known as “80 & Out”) is notthe only way to meet retirement eligibility. If you first worked in a MOSERS benefit-eligible position in 2010, you are a member of the MSEP 2000. The other way to meet normal (unreduced) retirement eligibility in the MSEP 2000 is to be at least age 62 with at least 5 years of service. Visit our Ready to Retire page to learn about the 2-step retirement process, which you must complete to begin receiving monthly retirement payments.

    For more information:

    • See What’s My Plan? (bottom of the MOSERS website homepage) with information about plan membership, retirement eligibility requirements, and other plan provisions.
    • You can contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to discuss your specific situation and they can provide you with a retirement benefit estimate.
    • When you are within 5 years of retirement eligibility, it is helpful to attend a free Ready to Retire/PreRetirement Seminar.
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  • Retirement Due Dates

    Jun 6, 2018, 8:23 AM By MOSERS

    I am planning to retire the end of this year, with my retirement date of 1/1/19. How far in advance do I need to submit my retirement forms?

    You can submit your retirement application as early as 4 months (120 days) prior to your retirement date. However, there are specific due dates required—for example, if your retirement date is January 1, your Retirement Application is due no later than November 30 and the Retirement Election Form is due no later than December 31st.

    The Ready to Retire page on our website is a one-stop shop for all of our retirement resources. We encourage you to go to our website, log in to your Member Homepage, and retire online as soon as you have gathered information and made your decisions. Before your benefit payments can begin, you must complete the 2-step retirement process. This process, which involves your submission of several important forms, allows MOSERS to provide you with relevant, individualized information needed to make informed decisions regarding your future benefit payment. Use the Retirement Guide to assist you. This summary of the retirement process includes a detailed explanation of each form as well as a Smart Start Checklist of information you should have readily available when you apply. The Retire Online video also has helpful tips to lead you through the process.

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  • Merit System & Reemployment

    Jun 4, 2018, 2:18 PM By MOSERS

    Since the Merit system has been removed (by the newly signed law), does this mean that someone who retired from a Merit job could go back to work for the State and still collect their pension?

    No. SB 1007, which had the “merit system” language does not contain any changes to any MOSERS benefit provisions. SB 1007 modifies and repeals several provisions relating to the State Personnel Law (SPL), commonly referred to as the Merit system.

    As a general state employee, your MOSERS retirement benefit will stop if you retire (or are already retired) and later return to work in a benefit-eligible position covered by MOSERS or MPERS (the MoDot & Patrol Employees’ Retirement System).

    Your employer determines if the position is benefit-eligible. MOSERS administers pension benefits for most state agencies and regional state universities. See our website for a complete list of employers covered by MOSERS. If you have a question about whether or not accepting a position with the state will affect your MOSERS retirement benefit, we advise you to check with your potential employer.

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  • Using Leave After Applying for Retirement

    Jun 1, 2018, 3:30 PM By MOSERS

    Once you submit retirement papers with a date for retirement are you allowed to take any annual or sick time?

    Yes. Check with your agency’s human resources office about your specific guidelines for annual and sick leave accrual and usage before retirement. Please be aware that MOSERS converts each block of 168 hours of unused sick leave into a month of service credit to be used in your retirement benefit calculation. So, any usage of sick leave near your retirement date may affect previous benefit estimates you have received. Annual leave has no effect on your MOSERS benefit.

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  • Merit System Bill

    Jun 1, 2018, 2:17 PM By MOSERS

    How does, if at all, the removal of the Merit program affect my retirement? 

    SB 1007 does not contain any changes to any MOSERS benefit provisions so it should have no impact on your retirement. It modifies and repeals several provisions relating to the State Personnel Law (SPL), commonly referred to as the Merit system. It is our understanding that it was signed into law today.

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  • MSEP 2011 Legislative Changes from 2017

    May 31, 2018, 11:33 AM By MOSERS

    Correction Officers have been hearing that the State of Missiouri Retirement System is bringing back the "80 and out" rule or 80/80 and the Employee is vested after 5 years of service?

    For members of MSEP 2011 who are actively employed on or after 1/1/2018, yes, the vesting requirement did change to 5 years, effective 1/1/2018. This change was part of Senate Bill 62, which was passed during the 2017 legislative session. The changes were summarized on our legislative page.

    However, requirements for retirement eligibility were not changed. Members of MSEP 2011 reach normal retirement eligibility when they have at least 5 years of service and are age 67 or under the “Rule of 90”. Under the “Rule of 90”, they must be at least age 55 and their age plus years of service equal 90 or more. For example, if someone is age 60 and has 30 years of service, they would meet the Rule of 90.

    Not sure if you are in MSEP, MSEP 2000, or MSEP 2011? See What’s My Plan? (bottom of the MOSERS website homepage) with information about plan membership, retirement eligibility requirements, and other plan provisions.

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We strive to provide the most accurate information possible in our answers to Rumor Central questions. However, occasionally, laws, policies or provisions change and individual circumstances may vary. Please contact a MOSERS benefit counselor or see the handbooks in our website Library for more detailed information. If there is any difference between the information provided in this blog or on the MOSERS website and the law or policies that govern MOSERS, the law and policies will prevail. See our Privacy, Security,& Legal Notices for more information.

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