1.03.00: The employer's role and responsibilities

In order to calculate a member's pension in retirement, ORS depends on Michigan public schools and other employers that participate in the retirement plan to report member wage, service, and contribution information. ORS calls MPSERS employers reporting units.

A reporting unit's primary role is to report accurate wages and hours for each member and remit the related member and employer contributions to ORS by the due date for each pay period. These reports allow ORS to calculate and pay accurate pensions.

Reporting units send reports consisting of wage and service records for each member based upon the reporting unit's pay period. These records must accurately represent the pay and service hours for each MPSERS member employed by your reporting unit, to ensure that your employees know when they are eligible to retire and to ensure accurate retirement benefits when they have completed their careers.

Reporting units include K-12 school districts, intermediate school districts, regional educational service agencies, public school academies (also known as charter schools), tax-supported community colleges, seven Michigan universities, and district libraries.

ORS holds superintendents and other chief administrators, web administrators, and web users of the Employer Reporting website responsible for submitting accurate information to the retirement system. Intentionally submitting fraudulent information is a violation of PA 300 of 1980 and is punishable by fines and, in some cases, imprisonment.