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State Employees' Retirement System
Two plans for State Employees
ORS administers two different retirement plans for State of Michigan employees: a Defined Benefit (DB) plan and a Defined Contribution (DC) plan. Use the information below to determine which plan(s) you belong to, and to link to the website for that plan.
Retirement Plan Descriptions and Links
Defined Benefit (DB) Plan
You're a member of the Defined Benefit (DB) plan if you were hired before March 31, 1997, and you:
Defined Contribution (DC)
You're a participant in the Defined Contribution (DC) plan if you:
You're a member of the DB plan AND a participant in the DC plan if you:
- Elected the DB 30 plan under P.A. 264 of 2011 and you have reached 30 years of service.
- Elected the DB/DC Blend plan under P.A. 264 of 2011, and thus became a DC plan participant April 1, 2012.
- Began your state employment under the DB plan, left, and then returned to state employment on or after January 1, 2012, and before January 1, 2014.
If you returned to state employment on or after January 1, 2012, go to Returning to State Employment to find out how your retirement benefits are affected.
Other Items of Interest
The State Employees' Retirement System is a statewide public employee retirement plan administered by the Office of Retirement Services.
The operation of State Employees' Retirement System is controlled by the State Employees' Retirement Act-Public Act 240 of 1943, as amended.
This board provides oversight of the Defined Benefit plan in the State Employees Retirement System.
Read the latest Connections, the newsletter we deliver twice a year to our retirees.
The comprehensive annual financial reports contain a wealth of interesting figures and statistics about the State Employees' Retirement System.
This state office oversees contract negotiations with bargaining units for the state workforce. Its Employee Health Management Division assists employees with work-related illnesses and injuries. OSE also manages the Worker's Compensation Program for State of Michigan Employees.
In addition to recruiting and hiring state employees, the CSC offers employee training, including seminars on planning and investing for retirement. The Employee Benefits Division of the CSC negotiates health insurance contracts for both active and retired state employees.
Voya® is a leading provider of pension plans and was selected by the state to administer the 401(k) Defined Contribution plan and the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Voya also offers services like investment counseling and round-the-clock customer service.
A non-profit organization for current and future retirees of the State of Michigan.