Retirement Eligibility for Police Officer and Firefighter (P & F) Members of the OPSRP Pension Program
Under the OPSRP Pension Program, a P & F member can meet the eligibility requirements for normal and early retirement as P & F if they have held a position as P & F for a period of five years immediately prior to the effective date of retirement. The modifications to OAR 459-075-0200 provide clarity in meeting the five-year requirement as P & F when a member separates from employment with one employer as P & F and begins employment as P & F with another employer. The rule also clarifies the status of a member who is employed concurrently as P & F and other than P & F.
OAR 459-005-0040 sets forth the standards PERS implements when responding to an eligible member's request for verification of certain retirement data based on employment data reported to PERS by the member's employer(s), as reflected in PERS' records. The rule provides that in processing a data verification request PERS must notify the member's employer(s) of the request and give those employers up to 60 days to confirm or modify the data previously reported to PERS. After this period has passed, the member's employer(s) may no longer modify that data. PERS then produces a verification based upon the data in PERS' records.
Since this rule has been adopted, the majority of employers who have responded to PERS' notification have responded within the first 30 days of notice. In the interest of ensuring that the processing of data verifications is not unnecessarily delayed, PERS staff proposes amending the timing provisions of OAR 459-005-0040 to shorten the response period. Such amendment would improve the administration of verifications by removing any unnecessary delays so that data verification requests are processed faster.
Employer Remitting of Employee Contributions
Amends OAR 459-009-0200 to clarify that employers may agree to different methods of employee contribution based on an employee's date of hire.