Educational Opportunities

Employer Seminars

Special OPERS Event for Employers – Lifecycle Education Initiative

Data shows most members do not reach out for retirement education until the end of their public service career. This webinar will explain to employers how we can partner to provide needed financial and retirement education to employees.

Contribution Reporting

This 1 hour course has been approved by the Auditor of State to be used towards completing the education requirements of the Fiscal Integrity Act.

Denied Salary

Elected officials whose salary is increased during a term of office and who are not eligible to receive the additional salary due to constitutional provisions may make additional contributions to OPERS. This presentation will provide employers with an overview of the process.

Early Retirement Incentives

The level of details involved with processing early retirement incentives are compounded by changes required by the 2012 pension legislation. This webinar will walk employers through the process and rationale for the changes.

Earnable Salary

Employers have their employees’ best interests at heart. However, a creative approach to defining earnable salary can put employers at risk for penalties and interest.

This one-hour seminar will cover which payments qualify as earnable salary (and therefore must be reported to OPERS).

ECS Enhancements

New features are being added to ECS in December 2015 that will allow employers to look up an employee to see if they are an OPERS Benefit Recipient, submit an enhanced Personal History Record that includes re-employment information for a re-employed retiree, and certify termination of service for a non-contributing re-employed retiree. This presentation will provide employers with an overview of the new features.

Employee Contribution System (ECS) Demonstration

NOTE: This is a high-level demonstration for employers who currently submit paper contribution reports. Over 90 percent of employer organizations actively use ECS. If you’re not on ECS, this one-hour online seminar is for you. Make the commitment to yourself and your organization to start the year out right by learning more about the online system that saves you time. This seminar is not available for State of Ohio agencies.

Employer Overview: Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Law Enforcement employees must meet specific criteria to contribute and be reported under the Law Enforcement or Public Safety Divisions of OPERS. This presentation will provide employers with an overview of the requirements for proper classification.

Employer Programs

This 1 hour course has been approved by the Auditor of State to be used towards completing the education requirements of the Fiscal Integrity Act.

How to Resolve Large Earnings Clarifications on ECS

Changes to the large earnings process on ECS were implemented in March 2012. This one hour session will provide employers the opportunity to learn how to accurately resolve large earnings on ECS.

Membership Overview for Employers

Employers have their employees’ best interests at heart. However, a creative approach to defining OPERS membership can put employers at risk for penalties and interest. This session will review who qualifies for OPERS status (and therefore must pay retirement contributions).

Non-Contributing List (NCL)

Employers are required to submit annual Non-Contributing List(s). While the non-contributing list is not new and it has always been required, Senate Bill 343 added to the required non-contributing information a listing to include all independent contractors or any other classification besides employee who provided services in the previous calendar year to be included on the non-contributing list.

OPERS Membership

This 1 hour course has been approved by the Auditor of State to be used towards completing the education requirements of the Fiscal Integrity Act.

Pick-up Plans

It is possible for employers to defer taxes on employees’ retirement contributions. This is known as employer pick-up. Internal Revenue Code Section 414(h)(2) allows employers to make contributions to a qualified pension plan on a tax-deferred basis. Taxes are deferred until an employee receives the contributions as a refund or as retirement benefits.

In one hour, you’ll learn the difference between the two types of pick-up plans, the requirements for a plan and how to implement a pick-up plan.

Signing Up and Using Online Payments

Using online payments is quick and easy and will not only save you time, but also money. This video walks employers through the steps of setting up an account for online payments as well as how to schedule a payment in ECS.

Requirements for Annual Conversion Plans

Eliminate confusion regarding conversion plans and retirement contribution reporting. This webinar gives you all the information necessary to ensure compliance on your conversion plan—remember the deadline for 2017 conversion plan submission is March 31, 2017.