Employers

Employer Notices

Employer notices are used to inform and update OPERS reporting employers on contribution rate certifications, news, rule revisions and policy changes. They are mailed to employers and posted on the OPERS Web site as important information becomes available.

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2013

December

Required January 2014: Non-Contributing List report December 26, 2013 2014 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits December 23, 2013

November

New method for reporting longevity payments November 22, 2013 Employer-specific webinars available on implementing GASB’s accounting standards November 7, 2013

October

Student Exemption forms: Important compliance reminders for employer protection October 25, 2013 Disability Forms Revised October 23, 2013

September

Membership determination specifications for decentralized employers September 19th, 2013 Specifications for volunteer opportunities for disability recipients and election workers September 17th, 2013

August

Request for Optional Exemption as Student form updated August 7, 2013

July

Additional legislative changes regarding membership determination requests July 17, 2013 Changes to Administrative Rules extensive July 17, 2013

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates May 28, 2013

March

Legislation refines Notice of Right and Request for: Determination for OPERS Membership form March 15, 2013

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45 February 28, 2013 Employer help needed to reach employees eligible to purchase or receive service credit February 8, 2013

January

Clarification on new membership forms January 25, 2013 New rules and amendments effective December 2012 and January 2013 January 25, 2013 Non-teaching college/university representative to OPERS and Deferred Compensation Boards of Trustees is vacant – applicants encouraged January 23, 2013 Disability forms updated January 10, 2013

2011

December

Unresolved Large Earnings Will Affect Member Accounts December 9, 2011 2012 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits December 9, 2011

November

ARP mitigating contribution rate unchanged for 2012 November 22, 2011

October

Contribution Rates Certified for 2012 October 28, 2011 Sample Letter to GASB October 3, 2011

September

GASB Exposure Drafts on Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting September 7, 2011

August

Guidelines for processing contribution corrections August 19, 2011

June

Employer Help Needed June 24, 2011 Contribution reporting via prelist... June 14, 2011 Reminder: Conversion Plans Require Annual Review June 1, 2011

May

Roth IRA rollover language updated on OPERS forms and applications;
compliance required by June 30, 2011
May 5, 2011

April

New rules and amendments effective April 18, 2011 April 28, 2011

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45 February 24, 2011 Employer Health Care Contact Information Requested February 23, 2011

January

New rules and amendments effective Jan. 1, 2011 January 31, 2011 Disability determination process enhanced January 24, 2011 My Benefits System (MBS) online refund application available to members January 13, 2011 Timing of Submission of Certification of Employee’s Final Payroll (SRF-85, DRF-85 & LR-2) January 13, 2011

2010

December

Responses to Large Earnings Inquiries may be returned for additional information December 27, 2010 Reminder: Changes slated for reporting payments made under OPERS-approved Annual Conversion Plans December 27, 2010

November

2011 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits November 8, 2010

Semptember

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies State Rates September 15, 2010 Employers Responsible for Past Reporting Errors September 15, 2010 GASB’s Preliminary Views on Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers September 10, 2010

August

Uncontested races in 2010 OPERS Board of Trustees Election August 19, 2010

July

Changes slated for reporting payments made under OPERS-approved Annual Conversion Plans July 22, 2010

June

Local contribution rates certified for 2011 June 4, 2010

May

Recent amendment to Chapter 145 of the Ohio Administrative Code May 27, 2010 Authorization for Release of Account Information (LL-2) required for all member account inquiries May 13, 2010 Announcement: 2010 elections for OPERS’ Board of Trustees May 10, 2010

April

Recent amendments to Chapter 145 of the Ohio Administrative Code April 15, 2010

March

Employer Contribution System (ECS) Web-based demonstration for State of Ohio agencies March 23, 2010

February

Disability Retirement process changes February 25, 2010 Mandatory online filing of PHRs effective March 31 February 22, 2010 Employer resources: Web-based seminars on retirement plan options February 18, 2010 Update on GASB Statements 12, 27 and 45 February 18, 2010 Effective March 31: new requirements for conversion plans February 18, 2010 New rules and amendments effective Jan. 1, 2010 February 10, 2010 Recorded Seminar available for Online Personal History Record submission process February 10, 2010 New ECS blocking edits have been implemented February 9, 2010

January

OPERS Annual Statement delivery schedule and reminders January 14, 2010

2009

December

Employer-specific seminar schedule for 2010 December 28, 2009 ARP mitigating contribution rate unchanged for 2010 December 23, 2009 Paper-based Traditional Pension Plan Retirement Application (SR-1T) to be eliminated December 3, 2009 2010 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits December 1, 2009 Success tips for submitting the Personal History Record (PHR) online December 1, 2009 Rules change means penalties will be assessed for late payments on Early Retirement Incentive plans December 1, 2009 Forms revised to accommodate Roth IRA rollovers; new editions available via OPERS Web site December 1, 2009

September

ECS-reporting employers must file Personal History Record (PHR) online effective first quarter 2010 September 24, 2009 Submission of Certification of Employee’s Final Payroll (F-85) required before submitting Report of Retirement Contributions on ECS September 22, 2009

August

Member contribution rates to increase for law enforcement and public safety groups effective Jan. 1, 2010 August 31, 2009 Local contribution rates certified for 2010 August 31, 2009 Recent amendments to Chapter 145 of the Ohio Revised and Administrative Codes August 28, 2009

June

Questions About the Online Forms Function? Web-based Demonstrations Available in June June 1, 2009

April

Forms Revised, Access New Editions via Web site (For all employers) April 17, 2009 Forms Revised, Access New Editions via Web site (For college and university employer group only)April 17, 2009

March

Legislation Changes Public Safety Directors' Division March 10, 2009

February

Updates on GASB Statements 12, 27 and 45 February 12, 2009 Save Time: Eliminate Sending Unneeded Documents February 11, 2009 Supplemental Contribution Report Revised for Date Information February 2, 2009 Health Care Eligibility Change Slated for 2011 February 2, 2009

January

New Rules and Amendments Effective Jan. 1, 2009 January 22, 2009 OPERS Annual Statement Delivery Schedule and Reminders January 6, 2009

2008

November

Reminder: Employer Contribution Rate Increase Effective January 1 for Law Enforcement and Public Safety Groups November 7, 2008 2009 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits November 3, 2008

October

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies State Rates October 6, 2008 Hiring Applicants That are Receiving Disability Benefits October 1, 2008

September

SSA Form Required for New Hires September 19, 2008 Notifying OPERS of Name Changes September 10, 2008

August

Firefighters/EMT/EMS: Membership and Reporting August 28, 2008 Employer Manual Updates as of July 31, 2008 August 5, 2008

July

Report of Retirement Contribution–Supplemental: When and How to Use July 22, 2008 Penalty Assessment Schedule Changed July 16, 2008

June

Local Contribution Rates Certified for 2009 June 11, 2008

May

Clarification for State Agencies Regarding Certification of Employee's Final Payroll May 14, 2008 ECS Submission of Certification for Refund Applications Begins June 13 May 13, 2008

April

URGENT: Certification of Employee's Final Payroll (F-85) Online as of May 9 April 25, 2008 Amended Rules Effective April 2008 April 16, 2008 Reminder: May 1 Deadline for Submission of Pick-up Plan Documentation April 15, 2008 Retirement Forms and Disability Process Changes April 7, 2008

March

Employer Account Summary to be Sent Monthly March 17, 2008

February

Student Exemption Clarifications February 25, 2008 Reminder: Service Purchase by Payroll Deduction Report Must be Submitted via ECS February 14, 2008 2008 Employer Seminar Series Announced February 13, 2008 OPERS Annual Statement Begins Mailing March 3 February 13, 2008 Reminder: March 1 Deadline for Submission of Pickup Plan Documentation February 11, 2008 Updates on GASB Statements 12, 27 and 45 February 4, 2008

January

Amended Rules in Effect With Variable Dates January 16, 2008 Membership Forms Revised and Consolidated January 10, 2008 Amended Rules Effective November 2007 January 9, 2008 Reminder: February 1 Deadline for Submission of Pick-up Plan Documentation January 9, 2008