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Base Retirement Plan for Support and Service Staff
AFSCME(BL, IN, SB) 4.1 • CWA 11.3 • PA/SS 9.3 • Police(BL, IN, NW, SB, SE)

Effective: July 1, 2013
Last Updated: October 14, 2013

Responsible University Office: University Human Resources

Responsible University Administrator: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Policy Contact: University Human Resources

A. Scope

This policy applies to Support and Service Staff at 50 percent or more FTE. Under federal law, there is no mandatory retirement age.

B. Policy Statement

  1. Social Security
    1. All employees are included under FICA (Social Security) and OASI (Old Age and Survivors Insurance).
  2. PERF for Support and Service staff appointed before July 1, 2013
    1. The Public Employees' Retirement Fund (PERF) consists of two distinct components: a pension benefit and an annuity savings account benefit. Indiana legislation controls these provisions. IU pays for the PERF retirement plan pension and annuity savings account benefits.
    2. Support and Service Staff appointed before July 1, 2013 for at least 50% FTE will be enrolled in PERF at the time of appointment.
  3. Retirement & Savings Plan for Support and Service staff appointed on or after July 1, 2013
    1. The Retirement & Savings Plan consists of two distinct contribution components: an IU defined contribution and an IU plan match contribution.
    2. Support and Service Staff appointed on or after July 1, 2013, for at least 50% FTE will be enrolled in the Retirement & Savings Plan at the time of appointment.

C. Procedures

  1. Participants of PERF can begin their pension retirement income—without reductions for early retirement—at age 55 with 30 years of PERF service (time during which an employee is enrolled in PERF). Reduced PERF income is available as early as age 50 with 15 years of PERF service. The following table lists the age and service required to begin retirement income without reductions.

    Age at termination Years of PERF service Age at termination Years of PERF service
    55 30 61 15
    56 29 62 15
    57 28 63 15
    58 27 64 15
    59 26 65 10
    60 15 66 and over 10
  2. Participants of the Retirement & Savings Plan may only withdraw vested funds from the plan upon termination of employment with Indiana University.
  3. IU Retiree status
    1. A Retiree of Indiana University will be entitled to the following IU benefits, which are separate from retirement income benefits. See the Retirees Benefits page for more information.
      1. Life insurance (paid by IU)
      2. IU Tuition Benefit
      3. Medical and dental coverages
    2. In order to qualify as a Retiree, an IU employee must have Retiree status according to the following age and service requirements. Years of IU Service means the years of full-time appointed service at Indiana University.

      Age at termination Years of IU service Age at termination Years of IU service
      55 30 61 15
      56 28 62 15
      57 26 63 14
      58 24 64 12
      59 22 65 or over 10
      60 15
  1. Classification changes
    1. If a Support and Service Staff employee changes position through the process of the Filling Positions policy to a position covered under the IU Retirement Plan, the employee will be enrolled in the IU Retirement Plan.
      1. Participants of the PERF retirement plan retain account balances in the Annuity Savings Account, service credits, and vested pension benefits in the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF), but will not be eligible for ongoing contributions to PERF during employment in the new position. 
      2. Participants of the Retirement & Savings Plan retain vested account balances, but will not be eligible for ongoing contributions to the Retirement & Savings Plan during employment in the new position.
    2. If a Support and Service Staff employee’s position is reclassified through the process of the Classification policy—or the employee changes position through the process of the Reduction in Force or Corrective Action policies to a position covered under the IU Retirement Plan—the employee has the choice of participating in the IU Retirement Plan or PERF during his or her employment in the new position.
      1. If the employee chooses the IU Retirement Plan, he or she will retain his or her account balance in the Annuity Savings Account, service credit, and vested pension benefits in PERF, but will not be eligible for ongoing contributions to PERF during his or her employment in the new position.

D. Sanctions

Managers, supervisors, and employees who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

E. Web Address for this Policy

hr.iu.edu/policies/appointed/retirement_nonexempt.html

F. Related Information

PERF

Retirement & Savings Plan

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University Human Resources
Last updated: 15 October 2013
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