How are you promoting your retirement and benefit packages?
During National Save for Retirement Week the Division reached out to State employees, teachers, and other organizations taking part in the retirement plans we administer. We successfully arranged appointments with over 200 individuals and fielded numerous phone calls and emails regarding the added savings vehicles we offer. It is clear that employees are very interested in pre-retirement planning.
Why is it important for employees to plan in advance?
Without seminars and other educational opportunities, employees often don’t have the chance or the time to learn about the retirement and benefit packages available to them. That’s why at the State many employees can attend seminars as part of their workday. In fact, most State employees don’t have to take leave to attend a seminar. If you don’t currently offer employees this option, you could consider introducing something similar or you could host a workplace benefits fair. If you decide to host a fair, let your Division retirement counselor know so that we can offer you the support you need to make your benefits fair a success. Another option available for your employees is a seminar via WebEx. Please contact the Division to arrange a time. If you are already successfully communicating plan information, email us your tips and ideas, so we can share your success in our next newsletter.
Substitute teachers should not be enrolled in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). This includes day-to-day substitutes and long term substitutes filling in for teachers who are absent for extended periods. Membership in the TRS is defined under Alaska Statute (AS 14.25.220), and includes full- and part-time teachers. Statutes clearly exclude “teaching as an assistant or graduate assistant, or teaching on a substitute, temporary, or per diem basis” from eligibility for TRS membership.
Since these positions are considered nonpermanent, they are also not eligible for PERS.
December 6 to 7 at Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage
The Employer Training is coming up in just a few weeks. Time is running out to register for the training!
This is a great opportunity for employer representatives to learn more about the PERS and TRS systems. Representatives from the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service will be presenting.
For more information, review the schedule.
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