You are a member of the State Employees' Retirement System's Defined Benefit
(DB) plan if you work for the State of Michigan or one of its noncentral agencies
as described below:
- You are a classified or unclassified state employee hired before March
31, 1997, unless you elected to transfer to the state's 401(k) Defined
Contribution retirement plan under P.A. 487 of 1996. This includes civil
service employees, appointed officials in the executive branch, and
employees of the legislature and judiciary branch.
- You work for the Business Enterprise Program, Mackinac Island State
Park, or Michigan State Bar and you were hired before March 31, 1997.
- You were hired before October 1, 1996, and are employed by the American
Legion, American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League,
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Wayne County Clerk Recorders Court,
Third Circuit Court, or 36th District Court.
though they work under state jurisdiction, Michigan
state police, and
public school employees have their own retirement systems (each also
administered by ORS), as do state legislators. They are not members of the State
Employees' Retirement System.
You may be active, deferred, or retired.
Participants in the retirement system are classified in one of the following
- Active Member. You are an active
member in the DB plan while you
are on the state of Michigan (or noncentral agency) payroll. You are
considered an active member while laid off or on a leave of absence as long
as an employee/employer relationship exists. Active members can be further
defined as either contributing or noncontributing.
As an active contributing member of the DB plan, you're in
the DB Classified plan and you're contributing to
the pension fund. If you chose the DB 30 plan, you are an active
contributing member of the DB plan until
you reach 30 years of service credit.
- Noncontributing. As an
active noncontributing member of the DB plan, you switched from the DB
plan to the Defined
Contribution (DC) plan. Once you switch to the DC plan, you're no longer
contributing to the pension fund, but you retain all of the eligible
pension benefits you earned before the date you switched. DB/DC Blend
members switched to the DC plan April 1, 2012, and DB 30 members switch after
earning 30 years of service credit.
You stop working for the state before you're old enough to draw your
pension, but you have worked long enough to be eligible when you reach age
60. Most members are vested - meaning they have sufficient
service to qualify for a benefit but don't yet meet the age requirement -
when they have the equivalent of ten years of full-time state employment.
Unclassified legislative employees, executive branch employees, and
Department of Community Health employees involved in a facility closing are
vested after five years of full-time service.
Retiree. You are receiving a pension (disability or retirement) from the retirement