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Retirement Plan

For ERS Tier 5 Members

(Article 15)

Ordinary Death Benefit — Eligibility and Filing

Eligibility

An ordinary death benefit may be payable to your designated beneficiary if you have completed at least one year of service since last joining the Retirement System and your death occurs:

  • While you are on the payroll; or
  • While you are on an authorized medical leave of absence without pay for up to two years (which may be extended for an additional two years); or
  • While you are receiving Workers’ Compensation, or other similar employer-funded benefits, for up to two years (which may be extended for an additional two years) following the last date you were paid on the payroll, provided your employment has not been terminated by resignation, employer action or any other means while receiving those benefits; or
  • Within 12 months of the last date you were receiving salary, on an authorized medical leave of absence, or receiving Workers’ Compensation or other employer-funded benefits, provided you were not otherwise gainfully employed during that period.
Filing

Your family or employer should notify us of your death as soon as possible and we will send the appropriate forms to your beneficiary.