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Archived Publications: View & Print
These employer publications are archived and only available for online viewing and printing purposes.
Non-archived Publications: View, Print & Order
These employer publications are available for viewing and printing. You can also request that one of these publications be mailed to you. Simply visit the employer publications order page, select the publication(s) and fill out the online form.
Employer Outreach Newsletters
This is published quarterly and features in-depth information with an employer focus.
Designed to be of interest to and enhance the knowledge base of finance directors, auditors and others who must be kept current on retirement contributions issues, legislation or enhancements. Articles in the newsletter may be reproduced by employers to help with onsite newsletters or other employer publications.
Employer Facts At-A-Glance
This is published as-needed and has an employer change-management focus. Facts will provide insights for complex processes or information in a question-and-answer format.
These are single-focus, operations-oriented documents published to inform or remind employers of specific regulations, project implementation information and other urgent updates. Published as needed, Employer Notices are used to communicate most frequently with employers.
In-depth, Special Edition Employer Notices are created for extremely complex operations-oriented topics that may require published job aids to assist employers and staff.
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Leaflets: Information Series Publications
The resources for retirement information series examine specific Ohio PERS topics from membership through retirement. To order a leaflet, please visit the employer publications order page.
- ISL-A: Saving for Retirement
- ISL-B: Retiring From Public Employment - The Traditional Pension Plan
- ISL-C: Terminating Public Employment
- ISL-D: Returning to Work After Retirement
- ISL-E: Law Enforcement Officers
- ISL-F: Service Credit & Contributing Months
- ISL-G: Survivor Benefits
- ISL-H: Elected Officials
- ISL-J: Health Care Coverage (This leaflet is currently under review)
- ISL-K: Disability Benefits
- ISL-L: Changing Your Retirement Plan: Traditional Pension
- ISL-M: Changing Your Retirement Plan: Member-Directed
- ISL-N: Changing Your Retirement Plan: Combined
- ISL-P: Retiring From Public Employment - The Member-Directed Plan
- ISL-Q: Retiring From Public Employment - The Combined Plan
OPERS Employer Manual
The OPERS Employer Manual is a complete reference guide for anyone involved in retirement contribution reporting or payment processing, or the management of those functions. The manual should be housed within each employer entity and is updated as needed, usually twice each year.
The Employer Manual is available via the Web; updates to the manual are not yet available electronically other than via the Web site.
The member handbook is an excellent source of information for OPERS members. It details the plan selection process and provides information on preparing for retirement, plan changes and how to apply for retirement.
Health Care Coverage Guide
The Health Care Coverage Guide explains the coverage available to eligible retirees and their qualifying dependents.
Instructions for Implementing an Employer Pick-up Plan
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) law makes it possible for an employer to pay (pick-up) employee contributions for members of OPERS. Employers can find complete information about implementing a pick-up plan with this publication.
Internal Revenue Code Section 415(b) Fact Sheet
Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 415(b) limits an individual's pension amount. Benefit allowances are limited to the lower of the OPERS benefit calculation or the IRC 415(b) limit. This fact sheet details IRC 415(b) and lists the limitations.
OPERS Rule Book (OAC)
This publication is an unofficial compilation of the rules by which OPERS is governed.
OPERS Statute Book (ORC)
The OPERS Statute Book is an unofficial compilation of the statutes by which OPERS is governed.
Partial Lump Sum Option Payment (PLOP)
This summarizes the Partial Lump Sum Option Payment (PLOP) -- an option at retirement that allows a recipient to initially receive a lump sum benefit payment along with a reduced monthly retirement allowance -- and shows an example of how it would affect a recipient's monthly benefit.