• 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.

What's New

  • 2015-2016 Insurance Rates Available

    The 2015-2016 Insurance Rates are now available on the Employee Benefits page of the Michigan Civil Service Commission website.

    Published on September 2, 2015

  • State Supreme Court Ruling on 4 Percent Contributions

    The Michigan Supreme Court has held that the law requiring state workers who are part of the state pension system to pay 4 percent or switch retirement systems is constitutional. This means that the provisions will remain as they were implemented in 2012 and that 4% contributions will continue to be paid into the system to help fund pension benefits.

    Published on July 29, 2015

  • Update: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    The U. S. Supreme Court ruling of June 26, 2015 recognizes the marriages of same-sex couples. If you have been recently married, or will be getting married, as a result of this ruling—or if you were previously legally married in a state that recognized same-sex marriage—ORS can help answer questions about your pension and insurance benefits. The easiest way to contact us is to log in to miAccount and send a secure message using the miAccount Message Board. Please be as specific as you can. We’ll research your account and get back with you with answers to your questions and suggestions as to what you need to do next.

    Published July 2, 2015

  • U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

    The U. S. Supreme Court decision announced on Friday June 26, 2015 officially recognized same-sex marriages in all 50 states. We are working with the Michigan Attorney General's office and will post more specific information very soon.

    Published June 26, 2015

  • March 2015 Connections is published

    The new and redesigned March 2015 issue of Connections, our semiannual retiree newsletter is now available. We found a way to give you a more readable and colorful Connections at a lower cost! Articles in this issue include:

    • System Financials
    • Director’s Message
    • Ask the Expert
    • Address Updates in miAccount are Easy

    While you’re at it, you may also want to view the new Connections video.

    Published March 26, 2015

  • ORS is now on Twitter

    Come join the conversation online with ORS on Twitter! We'll be sharing helpful information about retirement planning, links to free resources provided by ORS, and news updates - all to help you prepare for retirement. Click here to see the page - make sure you sign in and click the "Follow" button on the page so you'll see our updates: www.twitter.com/MichiganORS

    Published November 14, 2014
  • ORS has a new look!

    Welcome to the new look of the State Employees' Defined Benefit Plan website and miAccount! This update is only one of many we'll be making over the next year to make our site more accessible and easier to use.

    Published May 5, 2014
  • 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

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. See the tabs below for ways you can help yourself learn more.
  • 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.