Basic Plan for ERS Tier 1 Members

(Sections 70-a, 71-a and 75)

Retirement System Membership

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Permanent, full-time employees of employers that participate in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) must become members of the Retirement System.

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Under any of the following four scenarios, however, Tier 1 membership was optional:

  • You were appointed to a temporary or provisional position;
  • You worked less than the standard number of hours for full-time employment as established by your employer for your position;
  • Your job lasted for less than one year, or you worked on a less-than-12-months-per-year basis; or
  • Your annual earnings were less than $1,500.

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When you became a Retirement System member, you completed a membership application that was filed with the Office of the State Comptroller.