Coordinated Plan for ERS Tier 6 Members

(Article 15)

Post-Retirement Death Benefit

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Eligibility

Your beneficiary may be eligible to receive a post-retirement death benefit if you:

  • Retire directly from service; or
  • Are a vested member and your date of retirement is within one year of leaving public employment in New York State.

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The Benefit

The post-retirement death benefit is calculated at retirement. During your first year of retirement, the benefit is 50 percent of the ordinary death benefit payable at retirement; during your second year of retirement, the benefit is 25 percent. During your third year and thereafter, the benefit will be 10 percent of the ordinary death benefit that would have been payable at age 60, if any, or at retirement, whichever was earlier.

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Example:

Retirement at age 63 with earnings of $45,000

$45,000 × 3 = $135,000
12% reduction for working until age 63: − 16,200
Ordinary death benefit at retirement: $118,800

1st year of retirement
(50 percent of ordinary death benefit): $59,400

2nd year of retirement
(25 percent of ordinary death benefit): $29,700

After 2nd year of retirement
(10 percent of benefit at age 60): $13,500

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Filing

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