Pension Reform from SB1428

In 2016, the legislature passed Senate Bill 1428 into law which affects the PSPRS membership (not CORP or EORP) that includes new benefit provisions for existing and new members and, as a result of the intricate changes, the PSPRS Matrix of Plan Provisions was created to outline the differences between the Membership Tiers, eligibility, Member Benefits, options, and other System-related information. You may also view a short, 3-minute video on basic reform measures from SB1428 titled Video: Pension Reform Overview.

Tier 2 Membership Election

One of the significant changes in SB 1428 applies to Tier 2 Members who joined PSPRS between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2017, who work for employers who do NOT pay into social security.  With this new law, these members will be automatically enrolled in a Defined Contribution (DC) plan of 3% of their salary plus full employer match, in addition to the traditional Defined Benefit (DB) plan, unless the employees elect to “opt-out” of this requirement through the PSPRS Members Only portal by June 30, 2017.

Please note that Tier 2 Members who DO contribute to Social Security may also be impacted by this change and are encouraged to actively register a decision on the Members Only portal since the member/employee could transfer to a non-Social Security employer in the future and, in this case, would become required to pay into the Defined Contribution (DC) benefit, in addition to the traditional Defined Benefit (DB) plan.  To assist the Tier 2 Members in this process, the following items were prepared, which we hope will guide you in the process:

Tier 2 Member Opt-Out Process (summarizes Tier 2 Membership opt-out process)
Webinar: Tier 2 "Opt-Out" Process (conducted January 31, 2017)  (PowerPoint Presentation)
Video:  Tier 2 Automatic Enrollment/Opt-Out

PSPRS employers are encouraged to reference the SB1428 Toolkit.