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Q1: How can my organization join PERS?
Q2: Why is PERS so complicated?
For instructions on how to join PERS, go to the About Joining PERS webpage.
Oregon PERS is the second-most complex public employees’ pension system in the country. (California PERS is the most complex.)
The reason Oregon PERS is complex is because of the modifications made to the plan over time. Oregon PERS underwent nearly 90 legislative changes from 1946 to 2020. The state can’t change benefits that employees have already been promised; changes only apply going forward. Therefore, different rules apply to benefits earned in different years.
Rules also vary for different:
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