Welcome to the Michigan Office of Retirement Services (ORS) website for members of the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System who began public school employment before July 1, 2010.
Retirement is a journey; ORS is here to help you along yours. During your career, your employer takes care of your pension plan deductions, wage and service records, and plan contributions. Your employer sends regular wage and service reports to ORS that become part of your personal pension record. When it's time to retire, your employer hands off your final records to ORS, and we become your partner in retirement. ORS manages the retirement system carefully to preserve it for you and other future retirees.
Public Act (PA) 267 of 2020 was signed into law Dec. 29, 2020. PA 267 addresses rules concerning working after retirement as a substitute teacher and working in a critical shortage position. The critical shortage exemption has been extended until July 1, 2025, and removed the three-year maximum that a retiree can work in a critical shortage position.
Published on Dec. 30, 2020
At this time, we are canceling all scheduled workshops and office visits UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
While our in-person workshops and office visits are on hiatus during the COVID-19 emergency, please know that we're working on ways to serve you online. We've created a five-step Planning Your Retirement presentation for public school employees (in the Defined Benefit pension plan first hired before July 1, 2010) who are within five years of retirement. This electronic presentation covers the exact same information as our traditional live workshops. Once a determination has been made to resume offering live workshops, an updated schedule will be available again on our website. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.
PA 254 of 2020 authorized public meetings and hearings to be held remotely for any reason until March 31, 2021. Currently there are exceptions related to local states of emergency that permit meeting remotely We will continue to monitor these declarations and update our website as more information becomes available. Please visit the individual retirement system pages for updated meeting schedules. Please see the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System Board Meeting Schedule.
Revised on Jan. 5, 2021
You may have heard that the state of Michigan retiree healthcare plan for Medicare-eligible retirees and covered dependents will be switching to a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan effective Jan. 1, 2020. Please be aware that these changes do not apply to persons retiring from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.
Revised on Dec. 5, 2019
Other Items of Interest
- Retirement Act: Public Act (PA) 300
The operation of Michigan Public Schools Employees' Retirement System is controlled by the Public School Employees Retirement Act, PA 300 of 1980, as amended.
Read the latest Connections, the newsletter we deliver twice a year to our retirees.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
The annual reports contain a wealth of interesting figures and statistics about the Michigan Public Schools Employees' Retirement System.
- Workshops, Webinars, and E-Learning Modules
This two-hour meeting is an opportunity for you to hear an overview of your retirement benefits so you can make informed decisions about your retirement and your future.