Employers' Pensions and Benefits Administration Manual (EPBAM)



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The Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)

The Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) is a defined benefit pension fund established in 1955. It is open to most state, county, municipal, authority, and school board employees and elected officials who are not required to become members of any other NJ state retirement system (i.e., Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund, Police and Firemen's Retirement System, State Police Retirement System, Judicial Retirement System, or Alternate Benefit Program). Membership in the PERS of employees who meet eligibility requirements is mandatory in most cases. The PERS is maintained on an actuarial reserve basis. The PERS Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the proper administration of the retirement system. All membership and retiree account records in PERS begin with the number "02", except for legislative accounts. Legislative accounts begin with "00".

For more information about the pension and benefits associated with a Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) membership, members may consult the PERS Member Handbook. Members who are in one of the special PERS groups should also consult the addendum for the special PERS category to which he/she belongs (see below).

PERS Topics and Tasks

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Last Updated: October 17, 2012