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Returning to Work after Military Service
Once a PERS member returns from active military service and exercises his/her reemployment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), contributions for the time served in military service are made to the member's PERS and/or Individual Account Program (IAP) account. If the employer paid employee contributions on behalf of employees in similar positions during the period of the military service, the employer must make the retroactive contributions. If the member made the contributions prior to military service, the member has the option to make part or all of the retroactive contributions. The amount of retirement credit for time served in military service depends on the amount of make-up contributions that are made. If the period of service ended before January 1, 2004, the contributions are made to the members PERS account. If the period of service begins on/or after January 1, 2004, the contributions are made to the member’s IAP account.
 
If a PERS member’s period of military service began before January 1, 2004, and includes January 1, 2004, contributions are made as follows:
  • Contributions applicable to the time prior to January 1, 2004 are made to the member ’s PERS account.
  • Contributions applicable to the time beginning January 1, 2004 are made to the member ’s IAP account.
(See Oregon Administrative Rule 459-011-0100 ).
 
Once an OPSRP Pension Plan member returns from active military service and exercises his/her reemployment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), contributions for the time served in military service are made to the member's Individual Account Program (IAP) account. If the employer paid employee contributions on behalf of employees in similar positions during the period of the military service, the employer must make the retroactive contributions. If the member made the contributions prior to military service, the member has the option to make part or all of the retroactive contributions. military service, the member has the option to make part or all of the retroactive contributions. Under the OPSRP Pension Program, unlike the PERS Pension Program, retirement credit is not dependant on the make-up contributions. An OPSRP Pension Program member is entitled to the retirement credit they would have received had they never left for military service even if no make-up contributions are made.
 
(See Oregon Administrative Rule 459-080-0100 ).
 
Military service prior to becoming a PERS or OPSRP member is not included.