STATE EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT COMMISSION

MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
For DISABILITY RETIREMENT
COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT 55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
06106-1775
Telephone (860) 702-3480
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
RETIREMENT SERVICES DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER

RETIREMENT SERVICES DIVISION MEMORANDUM 2013-04

June 24, 2013

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

ATTENTION:   All Human Resources and Payroll Officers
SUBJECT:   Additional information on SEBAC 2011 Option to Retain Normal Grandfathered Retirement Date

I.  INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify agencies of modifications to the provisions of the SEBAC 2011 Agreement for current Tier II and Tier IIA or Hybrid members of the State Employees Retirement System to choose to retain a grandfathered normal retirement date.

II.  GENERAL INFORMATION

Prior to the SEBAC 2011 agreement, Normal Retirement Age was 60 with 25 years of service or 62 with 10 years of service for Tier II and Tier IIA non-hazardous duty members.  Pursuant to the SEBAC 2011 Agreement and Item 1707-E for employees exempt from collective bargaining, this will change for all employees not retired by July 1, 2022 who have not already attained their Normal Retirement Age.  For affected employees, the new retirement age will be age 63 with 25 years of service or age 65 with 10 years of service. 

The Agreement and, by extension Item 1707-E included a provision for a one time irrevocable option to enable affected members to grandfather their normal retirement date as long as they pay the full actuarial cost for this benefit.

III.  SPECIFIC INFORMATION REGARDING THE MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROVISION

Hazardous duty members are now eligible to make this election in the event that they retire under the non-hazardous duty provisions of SERS in the future.  These employees will have until September 1, 2013 to make this election and specific information will be forthcoming when details are available.

An extension has been granted for all employees to elect to grandfather their retirement age until September 1, 2013.  All applications received by July 5, 2013 will have their first deduction on the check date August 9, 2013.  All applications received after this will be subject to retroactive mandatory contributions back to the pay period commencing on July 12, 2013.  Please ensure that any employee opting in between July 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013 is aware that the retroactive contributions will be deducted immediately upon being entered on the payroll in CORE-CT.

The Q&A's have been enhanced online and can be found on the Comptrollers website at http://www.osc.ct.gov/2013memos/retirement/index.html  . 

All Core-CT payroll users will receive a report indicating which employees have been updated with the additional deduction and the percentage that has been set up for the employee. This will happen once the deductions are in place for the first payroll calculation under the check date of August 9th and will be distributed to Agency Core-CT payroll users.

IV.  CONCLUSION

Please ensure that all Tier II and Tier IIA and Hybrid members of the State Employees Retirement System that were employed prior to July 1, 2011 have received the notice and form.  Agencies should forward the forms to the Retirement Division Database Unit as they are completed.  Forms must be received by July 5, 2013 in order process for check date August 9, 2013.  Any forms received after this date will be subject to a mandatory retroactive contribution.  Any questions concerning the information provided herein may be sent to the Retirement Services Division by email to osc.rsd@po.state.ct.us

Very truly yours,
STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION
KEVIN LEMBO, SECRETARY EX OFFICIO

BY:
Brenda K. Halpin, Director
Retirement Services Division

BKH/JR

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