I was wondering how (or if) hours of sick leave affect our retirement date.

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I was wondering how (or if) hours of sick leave affect our retirement date. My normal retirement date was 07-01-07. My retirement date with a BackDROP is 07-01-09. My question is would my sick leave translate into months of service? Right now, I have 1235.15 hours of sick leave. I believe that translates in to 7.35 months of service. Am I correct? If that's the case, would that mean that I could actually retire 7 months before my normal retirement date?
No. Unused sick leave will not change your normal retirement date or your BackDROP eligibility date. It is used only when determining the amount of your benefit. In your example, 1,235 hours of unused sick leave would convert to 7 additional months of service in the formula used to calculate the amount of your retirement benefit.
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One State employee is saying she can take a percentage of her MOSERS retirement and still continue working full time

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One State employee is saying she can take a percentage of her MOSERS retirement and still continue working full time for the state. I thought we had 2 choices if we wanted to work after filing for MOSERS: 1) retire with MOSERS and work part-time temp with the state, or 2) retire with MOSERS and work full-time elsewhere that isn’t under MOSERS.
Your understanding is correct.
MOSERS retirees wishing to return to work should refer to the reemployment page in the Retiree portion of our website. Information listed there describes benefit eligible positions, non-benefit eligible positions, and reemployment covered by the MoDOT and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System and the University of Missouri Retirement System. Generally, if your acquaintance returned to work full time (a “benefit eligible position” covered by MOSERS) her monthly retirement benefit would stop. Be sure to discuss your situation with the human resources staff at the agency where you are considering employment. They will be able to tell you whether or not the position is eligible for benefits.
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In the late 70's and early 80's, I was employed by St. Louis County Missouri. At that time, you had to be working for at least 10 years to be vested.

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In the late 70's and early 80's, I was employed by St. Louis County Missouri. At that time, you had to be working for at least 10 years to be vested. I worked for 5 and one half years. Will the years that I worked for St. Louis County be added and counted towards my total years of service with the state when I retire?
Your service with St. Louis County would most likely qualify as “other public employment in the state of Missouri” but it would not be considered state service for benefit purposes. However, state law does permit MOSERS members to purchase up to four years of such service. You can find more information about this in our Acquiring Service Credit brochure.
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I am somewhat confused on this question and answer. If members already eligible for normal (unreduced) retirement from MOSERS are not in benefit elig

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I am somewhat confused on this question and answer. If members already eligible for normal (unreduced) retirement from MOSERS are not in benefit eligible positions for MOSERS LTD, why does the state pay the LTD premium for these employees?
Actually, it doesn’t. Because the SAM II payroll system, which is used by most state agencies, does not allow for the individual exclusion of ineligible members, MOSERS collects a lower overall percentage than the rate specified in the LTD contract to even things out. You can see how this works by checking out the Contribution Rates page on our website. The current contract rate for LTD insurance is $0.55 per $1,000 of payroll. However, to reflect the fact that members who are already eligible for retirement are not eligible for LTD, SAM II agencies contribute a lower rate of only $0.51 per $1,000 of payroll. MOSERS does not collect LTD premiums for ineligible members who are not on the SAM II system.
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Are you automatically covered for LTD through MOSERS if you are a state employee?

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Are you automatically covered for LTD through MOSERS if you are a state employee?
 Yes, if you are in a benefit eligible position, you are automatically enrolled for long-term disability (LTD) and covered on the first day you become a member of MOSERS, provided you meet the actively at work requirement.
The following groups are not in benefit eligible positions for MOSERS LTD:
  • Members already eligible for normal (unreduced) retirement from MOSERS
  • Employees of state colleges and universities (except Lincoln University and State Technical College of Missouri)
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When using the website's calculator, are the estimates based on the current year dollar value or are they projected to the year of retirement? In oth

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When using the website's calculator, are the estimates based on the current year dollar value or are they projected to the year of retirement? In other words, is it using projected COLA increases? Thank you and thanks for this site!
 If you are using the “Select a Date” estimate through the secure Member Login area of MOSERS website, your estimates are based on the most current information we have at the time. That means, if you are looking at a future date, we are calculating your final average pay as though you would continue to earn pay at the same rate you are currently earning. We do not make any assumptions regarding any possible salary increases you may receive.
There is a COLA feature that comes into play once your benefit estimate has been calculated. In order to see how your benefit payments might increase over time, you can select a COLA percentage and it will calculate your benefit payments over a period of years using the COLA percentage you selected.
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When I retired last year, I chose to take the BackDROP. How does this affect my reemployment by the state? Can I work a non-benefit job now, or mus

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When I retired last year, I chose to take the BackDROP. How does this affect my reemployment by the state? Can I work a non-benefit job now, or must I wait three years?
The fact that you took a BackDROP payment has no bearing on whether or not you can return to work for the state. Working for the state in a position that is not eligible for benefits does not have any impact on your retirement benefit. You may work in such a position and continue to receive a retirement benefit from MOSERS. Be sure to discuss your situation with the human resources staff at the agency where you are considering employment. They will be able to tell you whether or not the position is eligible for benefits.
If you retire and later return to work in a benefit eligible position covered by MOSERS, your retirement benefit will be stopped as long as you continue working. Once you retire again, your benefit will resume but again, it would have no bearing on the BackDROP payment you received at the time of your retirement.
Reemployed by HTEHPRS
If you become employed in a position covered by the Highway and Transportation Employees’ and Highway Patrol Retirement System (HTEHPRS), your MOSERS benefit will be stopped until you retire again.


  • MSEP retirees will not receive additional service credit or additional retirement benefits from MOSERS for the period of service while reemployed under HTEHPRS.

  • MSEP 2000 retirees will receive additional service credit and monthly retirement benefits from MOSERS for the period of service while reemployed under HTEHPRS.
University of Missouri Retirement System
You may receive a retirement benefit from MOSERS and work in a position covered by the University of Missouri Retirement System at the same time. Your monthly benefit from MOSERS will not stop while you are working for the university. Print Friendly and PDF

Will you only be mailing out our 1099-Rs for this year or can we print it out online? When would they be available?

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Will you only be mailing out our 1099-Rs for this year or can we print it out online?  When would they be available?
We are required to mail 1099-Rs to retirees by the end of the month each January.
We are reviewing the Internal Revenue Service’s requirements to determine if we can develop a process to allow members to reprint the 1099-R forms electronically. We will let members know if this process will be available next year. Print Friendly and PDF