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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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2018

December

OPERS Announces 2019 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) December 7, 2018

October

OPERS Enhances Nine Forms with Fillable Features(PDF document opens in new window) October 31, 2018

August

Changes to ECS Form A submission process(PDF document opens in new window) August 9, 2018

July

2017 GASB 68 and 75 Information Now Available(PDF document opens in new window) July 17, 2018 OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) July 10, 2018

May

2018 Elections for OPERS Board of Trustees(PDF document opens in new window) May 14, 2018

April

OPERS Offering New Seminar for Your Employees(PDF document opens in new window) April 26, 2018 OPERS to Offer Life Insurance to Members(PDF document opens in new window) April 20, 2018 Administrative Rule amendments effective April 1, 2018(PDF document opens in new window) April 9, 2018

March

OPERS Communicates Service Purchase Deadline(PDF document opens in new window) March 8, 2018

February

Update on GASB Statements 45 and 68(PDF document opens in new window) Attachment: GASB Statement No. 45(PDF document opens in new window) Feb. 23, 2018

January

Administrative Rule amendments effective Jan. 1, 2018(PDF document opens in new window) Jan. 4, 2018

2017

December

2018 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) Dec. 14, 2017

September

Non-teaching college/university representative to OPERS and Deferred Compensation Boards of Trustees is vacant – applicants encouraged(PDF document opens in new window) Sept. 21, 2017

July

Early Retirement Incentive Plan Calculator Available on ECS(PDF document opens in new window) July 26, 2017 Administrative Rule amendments effective Sept. 1, 2017(PDF document opens in new window) July 14, 2017

June

Special OPERS Event for Employers – Lifecycle Education Initiative(PDF document opens in new window) June 30, 2017 2016 GASB 68 Information Now Available(PDF document opens in new window) June 27, 2017 OPERS Benefit Recipients as Employees or Independent Contractors - Public Employer Responsibilities(PDF document opens in new window) June 6, 2017 Instructions for Notice of Election packet(PDF document opens in new window) June 1, 2017

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) May 18, 2017 Form Created to Notify OPERS when Employer Health Care Eligibility Changes for Re-employed Retirees(PDF document opens in new window) May 16, 2017 2017 Elections for OPERS Board of Trustees(PDF document opens in new window) May 15, 2017

April

ECS Security Enhancement(PDF document opens in new window) April 25, 2017 Elected Officials – Membership Process Changes(PDF document opens in new window) April 7, 2017

March

ARP mitigating rate increase takes effect July 1, 2017(PDF document opens in new window) March 30, 2017 House Bill 520 – Summary of Impact to OPERS Members(PDF document opens in new window) March 9, 2017

February

Update on GASB Statements 45 and 68(PDF document opens in new window) February 29, 2017

January

Two New Employer Tools Available(PDF document opens in new window) January 20, 2017

2016

December

Year-end Reminder to Schedule Employer Credits(PDF document opens in new window) December 21, 2016 OPERS offers health care coverage options for retirees choosing to return to work(PDF document opens in new window) December 22, 2016 Administrative Rule amendments effective Jan. 1, 2017(PDF document opens in new window) December 23, 2016

November

2017 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits (PDF document opens in new window) November 23, 2016

October

Personal History Record Updated(PDF document opens in new window) October 12, 2016

September

Poster Requests Participants for Member Focus Group(PDF document opens in new window) September 26, 2016 OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies State Rates effective July 1, 2017(PDF document opens in new window) September 23, 2016

August

New Employer Tool Created to Assist with Onboarding(PDF document opens in new window) August 31, 2016

July

Employer Newsletter Going Green September 2016(PDF document opens in new window) July 26, 2016 Administrative Rule amendments effective July 1, 2016(PDF document opens in new window) July 11, 2016

June

Partner with OPERS to provide financial literacy(PDF document opens in new window) June 21, 2016 2015 GASB 68 Information Now Available(PDF document opens in new window) June 13, 2016 Keep OPERS Employer Contact Information Updated(PDF document opens in new window) June 8, 2016

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) May 23, 2016

April

Administrative Rule amendments effective April 2016(PDF document opens in new window) April 29, 2016

February

Update on GASB Statements 45 and 68(PDF document opens in new window) February 29, 2016

January

Administrative Rule amendment effective Jan. 21, 2016(PDF document opens in new window) January 26, 2016

2015

December

Administrative Rule amendments effective Jan. 1, 2016(PDF document opens in new window) December 30, 2015

November

2016 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) November 20, 2015 Changes to Requirements for the Annual Non-Contributing List(PDF document opens in new window) November 19, 2015 Updates to ECS Related to Re-employment of OPERS Benefit Recipients(PDF document opens in new window) November 19, 2015

September

GASB approves Statements Nos. 74 and 75 related to Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB)(PDF document opens in new window) September 22, 2015

August

Poster reminds employees to keep retirement in mind throughout career(PDF document opens in new window) August 31, 2015 Administrative Rule amendment effective Aug. 1, 2015(PDF document opens in new window) August 10, 2015

July

ARP mitigating contribution rate(PDF document opens in new window) July 17, 2015

June

GASB 68 Information Now Available(PDF document opens in new window) June 30, 2015 GASB 68 Implementation for Accrual Basis Employers(PDF document opens in new window) June 9, 2015

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) May 29, 2015 Employers urged to know about changes to two OPERS retirement plans(PDF document opens in new window) May 29, 2015 Employer compliance required by June 30, 2015 to identify re-employed retirees(PDF document opens in new window) May 29, 2015 ARP mitigating contribution rate(PDF document opens in new window) May 5, 2015

March

Administrative Rule amendments effective March 23, 2015(PDF document opens in new window) March 23, 2015 Amendment to Ohio Revised Code Section 145.012 (A)(5) – Election Workers(PDF document opens in new window) March 19, 2015

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45(PDF document opens in new window) February 9, 2016

January

Administrative Rule amendment effective Jan. 21, 2015(PDF document opens in new window) January 22, 2015 OPERS-sponsored educational opportunities for employees(PDF document opens in new window) January 21, 2015

2014

November

2015 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) November 25, 2014 Administrative Rule amendments effective Nov. 6, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015(PDF document opens in new window) November 5, 2014

October

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies State Rates effective July 1, 2015(PDF document opens in new window) October 3, 2014

August

Employer input requested on GASB exposure drafts impacting OPEB(PDF document opens in new window) August 25, 2014 Update to PPE code of X to indicate Exemption/Excluded(PDF document opens in new window) August 18, 2014

June

Changes to Administrative Rule and supporting forms: Personal History Record and Employer Request for Return of Unauthorized Contributions(PDF document opens in new window) June 16, 2014

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) May 23, 2014

March

Poster reminds employees to map out retirement decisions(PDF document opens in new window) March 25, 2014

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45(PDF document opens in new window) February 20, 2014

January

Administrative Rule amendments effective Jan. 1, 2014(PDF document opens in new window) January 13, 2014

2013

December

Required January 2014: Non-Contributing List report (PDF document opens in new window) December 26, 2013 2014 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) December 23, 2013

November

New method for reporting longevity payments(PDF document opens in new window) November 22, 2013 Employer-specific webinars available on implementing GASB’s accounting standards(PDF document opens in new window) November 7, 2013

October

Student Exemption forms: Important compliance reminders for employer protection(PDF document opens in new window) October 25, 2013 Disability Forms Revised(PDF document opens in new window) October 23, 2013

September

Membership determination specifications for decentralized employers(PDF document opens in new window) September 19th, 2013 Specifications for volunteer opportunities for disability recipients and election workers(PDF document opens in new window) September 17th, 2013

August

Request for Optional Exemption as Student form updated(PDF document opens in new window) August 7, 2013

July

Additional legislative changes regarding membership determination requests(PDF document opens in new window) July 17, 2013 Changes to Administrative Rules extensive(PDF document opens in new window) July 17, 2013

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) May 28, 2013

March

Legislation refines Notice of Right and Request for: Determination for OPERS Membership form(PDF document opens in new window) March 15, 2013

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45(PDF document opens in new window) February 28, 2013 Employer help needed to reach employees eligible to purchase or receive service credit (PDF document opens in new window) February 8, 2013

January

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

2012

December

2013 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) December 21, 2012 Time limit for membership determination requests implemented(PDF document opens in new window) December 14, 2012

November

ARP mitigating contribution rate unchanged for 2013(PDF document opens in new window) November 27, 2012 Changes to certification process for OPERS disability applicants(PDF document opens in new window) November 20, 2012

October

Important dates for those planning to retire in 2012(PDF document opens in new window) October 4, 2012 OPERS Board of Trustees certifies state rates(PDF document opens in new window) October 1, 2012

August

Disability Process Update(PDF document opens in new window) August 31, 2012 Employer help needed to get employees thinking and planning for retirement throughout career (PDF document opens in new window) August 9, 2012

July

Changes to Membership Determination Process(PDF document opens in new window) July 3, 2012

June

GASB Revised Approach(PDF document opens in new window) June 29, 2012 Refund Forms Redesigned(PDF document opens in new window) June 28, 2012

May

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies Local Rates(PDF document opens in new window) May 29, 2012 Employer feedback results in changes to large earnings process(PDF document opens in new window) May 14, 2012 Seasonal Employees and Large Earnings Inquiries(PDF document opens in new window) May 9, 2012

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45(PDF document opens in new window) February 24, 2012 Significant changes coming to the Large Earnings review process(PDF document opens in new window) February 2, 2012

January

New rules and amendments effective Jan. 1, 2012(PDF document opens in new window) January 13, 2012

2011

December

Unresolved Large Earnings Will Affect Member Accounts(PDF document opens in new window) December 9, 2011 2012 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) December 9, 2011

November

ARP mitigating contribution rate unchanged for 2012(PDF document opens in new window) November 22, 2011

October

Contribution Rates Certified for 2012(PDF document opens in new window) October 28, 2011 Sample Letter to GASB(PDF document opens in new window) October 3, 2011

September

GASB Exposure Drafts on Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting(PDF document opens in new window) September 7, 2011

August

Guidelines for processing contribution corrections(PDF document opens in new window) August 19, 2011

June

Employer Help Needed(PDF document opens in new window) June 24, 2011 Contribution reporting via prelist...(PDF document opens in new window) June 14, 2011 Reminder: Conversion Plans Require Annual Review(PDF document opens in new window) June 1, 2011

May

Roth IRA rollover language updated on OPERS forms and applications;
compliance required by June 30, 2011
(PDF document opens in new window) May 5, 2011

April

New rules and amendments effective April 18, 2011(PDF document opens in new window) April 28, 2011

February

Update on GASB Statements 27 and 45(PDF document opens in new window) February 24, 2011 Employer Health Care Contact Information Requested(PDF document opens in new window) February 23, 2011

January

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

2010

December

Responses to Large Earnings Inquiries may be returned for additional information(PDF document opens in new window) December 27, 2010 Reminder: Changes slated for reporting payments made under OPERS-approved Annual Conversion Plans(PDF document opens in new window) December 27, 2010

November

2011 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) November 8, 2010

September

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies State Rates(PDF document opens in new window) September 15, 2010 Employers Responsible for Past Reporting Errors(PDF document opens in new window) September 15, 2010 GASB’s Preliminary Views on Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers(PDF document opens in new window) September 10, 2010

August

Uncontested races in 2010 OPERS Board of Trustees Election(PDF document opens in new window) August 19, 2010

July

Changes slated for reporting payments made under OPERS-approved Annual Conversion Plans(PDF document opens in new window) July 22, 2010

June

Local contribution rates certified for 2011(PDF document opens in new window) June 4, 2010

May

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

April

Recent amendments to Chapter 145 of the Ohio Administrative Code(PDF document opens in new window) April 15, 2010

March

Employer Contribution System (ECS) Web-based demonstration for State of Ohio agencies(PDF document opens in new window) March 23, 2010

February

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

January

OPERS Annual Statement delivery schedule and reminders(PDF document opens in new window) January 14, 2010

2009

December

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

September

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

August

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

June

Questions About the Online Forms Function? Web-based Demonstrations Available in June(PDF document opens in new window) June 1, 2009

April

Forms Revised, Access New Editions via Web site (For all employers)(PDF document opens in new window) April 17, 2009 Forms Revised, Access New Editions via Web site (For college and university employer group only)(PDF document opens in new window)April 17, 2009

March

Legislation Changes Public Safety Directors' Division(PDF document opens in new window) March 10, 2009

February

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

January

New Rules and Amendments Effective Jan. 1, 2009(PDF document opens in new window) January 22, 2009 OPERS Annual Statement Delivery Schedule and Reminders(PDF document opens in new window) January 6, 2009

2008

November

Reminder: Employer Contribution Rate Increase Effective January 1 for Law Enforcement and Public Safety Groups(PDF document opens in new window) November 7, 2008 2009 IRS Compensation and Contribution Limits(PDF document opens in new window) November 3, 2008

October

OPERS Board of Trustees Certifies State Rates(PDF document opens in new window) October 6, 2008 Hiring Applicants That are Receiving Disability Benefits(PDF document opens in new window) October 1, 2008

September

SSA Form Required for New Hires(PDF document opens in new window) September 19, 2008 Notifying OPERS of Name Changes(PDF document opens in new window) September 10, 2008

August

Firefighters/EMT/EMS: Membership and Reporting(PDF document opens in new window) August 28, 2008 Employer Manual Updates as of July 31, 2008(PDF document opens in new window) August 5, 2008

July

Report of Retirement Contribution–Supplemental: When and How to Use(PDF document opens in new window) July 22, 2008 Penalty Assessment Schedule Changed(PDF document opens in new window) July 16, 2008

June

Local Contribution Rates Certified for 2009(PDF document opens in new window) June 11, 2008

May

Clarification for State Agencies Regarding Certification of Employee's Final Payroll(PDF document opens in new window) May 14, 2008 ECS Submission of Certification for Refund Applications Begins June 13(PDF document opens in new window) May 13, 2008

April

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

March

Employer Account Summary to be Sent Monthly(PDF document opens in new window) March 17, 2008

February

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

January

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