Employer Conference Very Successful

The Division of Retirement and Benefits Employer Conference held in November was a great success. Nearly 70 participants attended the event.Erika Van Flein with the University of Alaska and Erika Burkhouse with DRB

Some highlights of the conference included:

  • Payroll staff, counselors and other DRB staff members had the opportunity to meet many of the employers for the first time.
  • The Department of Education attended the conference and held presentations to help answer employers’ questions.
  • The "Question and Answer" session presented a good opportunity for problem solving among employers and staff members.
  • Employers were able to offer valuable feedback to improve upcoming conferences and to enhance eReporting.

The conference also presented attendees with a variety of opportunities to network and share information. A dinner held on the first night of the conference was well attended by participants and offered an opportunity for Division staff and employers to connect in a relaxed atmosphere.

Jimmy Love and Robin Denbrock with Kenai Peninsula Borough SD

Employer Manuals distributed at the conference were well received. If you were not able to attend or need to print another copy, download them now, from the DRB Web site.

PERS Employer Manual
TRS Employer Manual

All presentations from the conference are still available for you to review on the Division Web site.

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What is a Tier?

Depending on who you talk with, Tier can mean several things.

At the 2011 Employer Conference, Sondra Meredith from the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) informed us that when DEED talks about a teacher’s certification they describe it in terms of a tier status. The requirements for a teacher to be certified under an initial certification falls under a “Tier I” status. The requirements for a teacher to be certified under a professional certification falls under a “Tier II” status.

This is not to be confused with a teacher’s tier status in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). When the Division of Retirement and Benefits speaks to a member's tier they are referring to when the member first entered the system and were first eligible to begin making contributions to the TRS. Retirement benefits are determined by the member's tier status. Members in TRS are in Tier I if they were first hired prior to July 1, 1990, Tier II if they entered TRS on or after July 1, 1990 and in Tier III if they entered TRS on or after July 1, 2006.

Fiscal Year 2013 Employer Contribution Rates Available

The Alaska Retirement Management Board (ARMB) has established Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) employer contribution rates for the PERS/TRS Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution Retirement (DCR) Plans.

Please refer to the FY13 Employer Contribution Rates for complete information. You can find the link to PERS and TRS FY13 rates under Quick Links on the Employer Services Web page.

The Division will be sending rate letters to each employer electronically, as we did with FY12 rates. Letters will be sent in April 2012 when the HRA rates are available and rates will be effective for pay period end dates between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

For additional information regarding the actuarial determined rates, please refer to the June 30, 2010 PERS and TRS actuarial valuations which determined the fiscal year 2013 rates:

PERS Actuarial Valuation
TRS Actuarial Valuation

If you have questions about employer contribution rates, please email Christina Maiquis or call (907) 465-1845.