NYS Comptroller Seal  

Bureau of State Payroll Services

Date: February 22, 2001

 Bulletin No. SU-48


Subject ERS and TIAA Retirement Arrears to be taken for Certain SUNY Employees
Purpose To explain why arrears are being withheld for certain employees in Agencies 28030, 28050, 28100, 28200, 28260, 28280, 28390, 28570, 28580, and 28650.
Background Due to an error in processing, Location Stipend (LOS) payments paid in 1999 and 2000 in the amounts of $428.00 and $500.00 respectively, were not treated as pensionable. Consequently, retirement arrears are owed on these monies. OSC has calculated the arrears, which will be taken as a one time deduction. The arrears deduction amounts range from $12.84 to $27.84. Most employees will have $27.84 deducted.
Affected Employees Employees who were paid a Location Stipend prior to check date 3/01/2000.
Effective Date Checks dated February 28, 2001
OSC Actions OSC will process TIAA/CREF or Employees Retirement System arrears deductions for the affected employees.

For participants in TIAA/CREF, the arrears will be identified on the employees paystub in the Before Tax Deductions section as "TIAA Before Tax Arrears". The corresponding employer’s contributions will be transmitted to TIAA/CREF by OSC for these employees and any inactive employees.

OSC will also transmit the employer’s contributions for TIAA/CREF participants that do not require an employee contribution. These contributions will be directly reported to TIAA/CREF, and therefore no reporting will appear on the paystub for these individuals.

ERS Arrears Before Tax will be reported on the paystub for ERS members, if contributions were required at the time of the LOS payment. As such, the one-time arrears payment will be deducted from the paychecks of those individuals who are no longer required to make employee retirement contributions pursuant to Article 19 of NYS law.

SUNY Systems Administration will provide agencies with a listing of the affected employees and the one-time amounts to be deducted.

Agency Actions Notify affected employees.
Questions Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Deduction mailbox.