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MESSAGE TOPIC DATE
CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTERCounty Representative Elected to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees — Certifying Officers of the Public Employees' Retirement System March 6, 2017
CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTERMunicipal Representative Elected to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees — Certifying Officers of the Public Employees' Retirement System March 6, 2017
CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTERState Representative Elected to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees — Certifying Officers of the Public Employees' Retirement System March 6, 2017
E-MAIL MESSAGEEMPLOYER TRAINING WEBINARS — NEW TOPICS FOR 2017 —Certifying Officers, Human Resource Representatives, and Benefit Administrators March 1, 2017
E-MAIL MESSAGEHealth Benefits Coverage Pending Disability Retirement — Certifying Officers, All Funds January 24, 2017
CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTERHealth Benefits Coverage Pending Disability Retirement — Certifying Officers, All Funds January 4, 2017

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CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTER – March 6, 2017

TO: Certifying Officers of the Public Employees' Retirement System

FROM: Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Trustees

SUBJECT: County Representative Elected to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees

The attached Certifying Officer Letter has been issued by the PERS Board of Trustees to announce the election of Tracy Smith to a three year term, effective July 1, 2017, as the County Representative to the PERS Board of Trustees.

The PERS Board of Trustees requests that the attached letter be prominently posted in your workplace as official notice to PERS county employees of the election results.

Additional information about the 2017 PERS Board of Trustee Elections is available on the Division’s Web site at:http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/pers-board-election.shtml

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS LETTER
Certifying Officers should forward this message to their human resources staff, benefit administrators, and any other staff members responsible for the administration of pension benefits for employees.

If you need to review previous e-messages, they are available on the Division’s Web site at: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions  At the home page, go to “Online Services — Employer Pensions and Benefits Information Connection (EPIC)” and then on the EPIC page select “Archive of E-Messages.”


CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTER – March 6, 2017

TO: Certifying Officers of the Public Employees' Retirement System

FROM: Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Trustees

SUBJECT: Municipal Representative Elected to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees

The attached Certifying Officer Letter has been issued by the PERS Board of Trustees to announce the election of Brian Currie to a three year term, effective July 1, 2017, as the Municipal Representative to the PERS Board of Trustees.

The PERS Board of Trustees requests that the attached letter be prominently posted in your workplace as official notice to PERS municipal employees of the election results.

Additional information about the 2017 PERS Board of Trustee Elections is available on the Division’s Web site at:http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/pers-board-election.shtml

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS LETTER

Certifying Officers should forward this message to their human resources staff, benefit administrators, and any other staff members responsible for the administration of pension benefits for employees.

If you need to review previous e-messages, they are available on the Division’s Web site at: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions  At the home page, go to “Online Services — Employer Pensions and Benefits Information Connection (EPIC)” and then on the EPIC page select “Archive of E-Messages.”


CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTER – March 6, 2017

TO: Certifying Officers of the Public Employees' Retirement System

FROM: Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Trustees

SUBJECT: State Representative Elected to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees

The attached Certifying Officer Letter has been issued by the PERS Board of Trustees to announce the election of William O’Brien to a three year term, effective July 1, 2017, as the State Representative to the PERS Board of Trustees.

The PERS Board of Trustees requests that the attached letter be prominently posted in your workplace as official notice to PERS State employees of the election results.

Additional information about the 2017 PERS Board of Trustee Elections is available on the Division’s Web site at: http://nj.gov/treasury/pensions/pers-board-election.shtml

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS LETTER

Certifying Officers should forward this message to their human resources staff, benefit administrators, and any other staff members responsible for the administration of pension benefits for employees.

If you need to review previous e-messages, they are available on the Division’s Web site at:http://nj.gov/treasury/pensions   At the home page, go to “Online Services — Employer Pensions and Benefits Information Connection (EPIC)” and then on the EPIC page select “Archive of E-Messages.”


E-MAIL MESSAGE – March 1, 2017

TO: Certifying Officers, Human Resource Representatives, and Benefit Administrators

FROM: The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits

SUBJECT: EMPLOYER TRAINING WEBINARS — NEW TOPICS FOR 2017

The Division of Pensions and Benefits is pleased to announce the addition of four NEW Employer Training Topics. These are in addition to our regular employer training topics, which are listed in the attached schedule.

The new topics include:

Pension Resources for the Employer

This employer training session is an employer’s guide to Pension resources and is designed to assist anyone working in a payroll or benefit administration position. The webinar covers access to the online Employer Pensions and Benefits Administrative Manual (EPBAM), archived Certifying Officer letters, handbooks, fact sheets, retirement resources, online user’s guides, and other important links available on our Web site. The webinar is approximately 20-25 minutes in duration and includes a Q&A period.

Completing Certifications

This employer training session is designed for anyone responsible for submitting certifications through the Employer Pensions and Benefits Information Connection (EPIC). The webinar focuses on Purchase, Withdrawal, and Death Certifications. We review each certification question line-by-line and discuss additional documentation that may be needed by the Division once the certification is submitted. The webinar is approximately 20-25 minutes in duration and includes a Q&A period.  (For Retirement Certifications, please attend Pension Processing Part 1 and/or The Employer’s Role When a Member Retires.)

IROC Quick Tips

This employer training session is designed as a review for those who have recently completed the more comprehensive IROC training or who have experience completing the IROC but need to refresh their IROC knowledge. Topics include adding and deleting members from the IROC and particulars to be mindful of when making such changes.  We examine the IROC reconciliation page and how to use it to complete your IROC submission.  Also included is an overview of the Transmittal Electronic Payment System (TEPS), how to make changes in TEPS, and how to find help regarding TEPS payment issues. The webinar is approximately 15 to 20 minutes in duration and includes a Q&A period.

COBRA When, Why & How?

This employer training session is designed for anyone in benefit administration or responsible for maintaining their location’s health benefits under the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) or School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP). The webinar focuses on guidelines to follow when a COBRA offering is due for an employee or their eligible dependent. The training defines COBRA and outlines the qualifying events for eligibility.  We review the mandated timeframes, payment processing, and required mailing procedures under the federal guidelines.  The webinar is approximately 15-20 minutes in duration and includes a Q&A period.

Register Online at: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/training-intro.shtml

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS MESSAGE

Certifying Officers should forward this message to their Human Resources staff, benefit administrators, and any other staff members responsible for the administration of pension and benefits for employees.

If you have questions or concerns about the content of this message, contact the Division of Pensions and Benefits at: pensions.nj@treas.nj.gov  or go to: https://www.state.nj.us/treas/pensions/pensionmail.shtml

Attachment: Seminar and Webinar Dates Adobe PDF (197K)

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E-MAIL MESSAGE – January 24, 2017

TO: Certifying Officers, Human Resource Representatives, and Benefit Administrators

FROM: The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits

SUBJECT: Retirement Seminars and Webinars for Employees

Please make this information available to your employees.

Do you have employees who are looking for information about retirement? 

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has upcoming Retirement Seminars scheduled for members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), or Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS).  Both in-person Seminars and live online webinars are available.

In-person Seminars are available at locations across the state, including five new locations in Perth Amboy, Union, Belvidere, Monroe Township, and Gibbstown – see the attached list for seminar dates and locations.  Live Webinars cover all of the information in our seminars but can be attended without travel from your own computer. 

Designed for employees who are planning for retirement, retirement seminars and webinars provide a step-by-step look at the retirement process. We explain retirement benefits, beneficiary options, group life insurance, and how to submit the retirement application online using MBOS. Retirement eligibility, purchase, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of pension are explained along with a brief discussion of State Health Benefits Program and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program coverage in retirement. Seminars and Webinars conclude with a question and answer period.
The attached file provides details on Seminar dates, times, and locations, in addition to important suggestions for attendees. The file is in PDF format and requires Acrobat Reader which is available free from Adobe via a link at: http://www.state.nj.us/acrobat.htm

ADDITIONAL TRAINING DATES

Please check our Web site regularly for newly added seminar/webinar dates and/or locations.  For a complete list of employee pension training opportunities, visit the Division of Pensions and Benefits’ Workshop Registration page at:  http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/workshop-intro.shtml

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS MESSAGE

Certifying Officers should make this information available to their employees, and forward this message to their Human Resources staff, benefit administrators, and any other staff members responsible for the administration of pension and benefits for employees.

Attachment: Seminar and Webinar Dates Adobe PDF (181K)

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CERTIFYING OFFICER LETTER – January 4, 2017

TO: Certifying Officers, All Funds

FROM: The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits

SUBJECT: Health Benefits Coverage Pending Disability Retirement

The Division of Pensions and Benefits is changing its procedure for how employees applying for a disability retirement receive health benefits during the application process. The attached letter explains the new procedure.

DISTRIBUTION OF THIS MESSAGE

Certifying Officers should forward this message to their human resources staff, benefit administrators, and any other staff members responsible for the administration of pension benefits for employees.

Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Division's Employer Education Unit at (609) 292-7524 or send an e-mail to pensions.nj@treas.nj.gov

Current and archived Certifying Officer Letters are available for viewing on the Division’s Web  at: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions   On the home page, click on “Information for Employers” and then select the link for “Certifying Officer Letters.”

Please note: It is important that the Certifying Officer’s e-mail address is kept current with the Employer Pensions and Benefits Information Connection (EPIC) to assure the accurate and timely delivery of this information. Update your information using the Employer Demographics application in EPIC.

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