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Welcome to the ORS website for state of Michigan employees who are in the Defined Benefit plan. (Not sure if you're in the Defined Benefit or 401(k) Defined Contribution plan? Click here).

We encourage you to and come back often for important information.

Retirement Plan Changes for State Employees in the Defined Benefit plan

Defined Benefit Plan Reform > General Information Changes do not affect current retirees and members who previously switched to the Defined Contribution (DC) retirement plan during the open enrollment window in 1998.

Retirement reform.

The deadline to make your retirement election has passed and you can no longer choose a plan option. Retirement plan changes due to P.A. 264 of 2011 will take effect April 1, 2012.

Click here to read more about the retirement reform.

What's New

2013 1099R available in miAccount

Your 2013 1099R is available in miAccount. Log in to miAccount and click on the Pension Payments link and then on Federal 1099R to view or print your 1099R.

Published on January 14, 2014

Holiday Office Closures

Our office will be closed on the following dates:

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 17 - President's Day/Washington's Birthday
  • May 26 - Memorial Day

State office closings for holidays are regulated by the Michigan Department of Civil Service Regulation 5.08. Public Act 124 of 1865 is the Michigan law governing official state holidays.

Published January 2, 2014

October 2013 Connections is published

The October 2013 issue of Connections, our semiannual retiree newsletter, is now available. Articles in this issue include:

  • What you need to know: power of attorney
  • Message from the director
  • Volunteering in retirement
  • Facebook tips
  • Ask an Expert
  • When to Contact ORS
Published October 22, 2013

NEWS UPDATE - Michigan Court of Appeals Rules State Worker 4% Retirement Contribution Unconstitutional

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling which impacts your plan contributions as a state employee and member of the Defined Benefit plan. The ruling is that a key element of a law requiring state employees to pay 4% of their income to remain in the state’s Defined Benefit pension plan is unconstitutional. This ruling is currently being reviewed and the state is determining next steps. During this time, ORS will continue to deduct the 4 percent contribution.

Stay tuned to this page and to our Facebook page for updates on this decision and we’ll keep you informed.

Published August 15, 2013

NEWS UPDATE - Court Rules State Worker 4% Retirement Contribution Unconstitutional

On September 29, an Ingham County Circuit Court judge ruled that the mandatory 4 percent employee contribution to the pension system for all state employees who chose to remain in the Defined Benefit (DB) plan under PA 264 of 2011 is unconstitutional. This matter remains in the courts and ORS will continue to deduct the 4 percent contribution until this issue is resolved.

Published October 1, 2012

Important reminder regarding matching contributions to your Defined Contribution plan

Attention all Defined Benefit (DB) members who switched to the Defined Contribution (DC) plan on April 1, 2012: If your contribution percentage to your 401(k), Roth 401(k), and 457 accounts combined was less than 3 percent, or if you were contributing a flat dollar amount to the 401(k) plan, your contribution to your pre-tax 401(k) was automatically increased by up to 3 percent on April 1, 2012. This was done so that you would qualify for the full 3 percent employer match available to all DC plan participants. However, as we explained in the letter sent to you, the state cannot currently match funds across accounts (this will be available beginning June 21, 2012).

If you currently have contributions in your pre-tax 401(k) AND your Roth 401(k), the state will only be able to match whichever account between the two has the largest contribution, up to the 3 percent maximum allowed. You may need to temporarily move your contributions into either your 401(k) OR your Roth 401(k) to get the maximum match available to you. Make sure you're not leaving match money on the table! Contact ING at 1-800-748-6128 or log into your account at stateofmi.ingplans.com.

Remember that the state will be able to match across plans beginning on June 21, 2012, so you can reallocate your funds back between your 401(k) AND your Roth 401(k) after that date.

Published May 9, 2012

DB Plan Reform - Explaining Overtime and Your FAC

If you want to know how the retirement reform will affect your Final Average Compensation (FAC) calculation, especially in regard to overtime, we have put together several tools that may help. Click on the links below for more information.

Published January 18, 2012

New downloadable, fillable forms help divorced members

If a member of a public pension gets divorced, the court may order that a portion of their pension be paid to an alternate payee such as a former spouse or dependent child. For active or deferred members, this order is known as an Eligible Domestic Relations Order (EDRO). For retired members, it is known as a Domestic Relations Order (DRO). To make things easier for you and your attorney, ORS has developed downloadable, fillable forms to allow our members to create accurate and complete EDROs or DROs that can be administered under the retirement statutes:

Eligible Domestic Relations Order (EDRO) (R0259G) 
Eligible Domestic Relations Order: Background and Instructions (R0911X)

Domestic Relations Order (DRO) (R0323X)

Domestic Relations Order to Void the Survivor Option Only (R0914CGB)
Domestic Relations Orders: Background and Instructions (R0912X)

These are the preferred documents to file with the Office of Retirement Services. They are the fastest, most efficient way to complete your filing. Complete it online, save it, print it, then take the printed copy to the court for the judge's signature.

Published October 7, 2011

Member Statements now available in miAccount

No more waiting for your Member Statement - it is now available in miAccount. Your personalized statement displays your wages, service credit, service credit purchases, and contributions as reported to us from your employer.

Because of this time-saving tool, we will no longer mail paper statements. Log in to miAccount, and then click on Member Statement in the left navigation bar to view your up-to-date account information.

Published on March 8, 2011

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Other Items of Interest

Tutorials, Webinars, and Seminars ORS is committed to serving members and employees today and preparing them for tomorrow. With this in mind, we are now offering the following opportunities to learn about your pension plan:
Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) The Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports contain a wealth of interesting figures and statistics about the State Employees' Retirement System.
Connections Read the latest Connections, the newsletter we deliver twice a year to our retirees.
Retirement Act: Public Act 240 of 1943 The operation of State Employees' Retirement System is controlled by the State Employees' Retirement Act- Public Act 240 of 1943, as amended.

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