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Guidelines for Previous Employees Requesting Retiree Benefits

HROG Section:
Work/Life Benefits
Document Title:
Guidelines for Previous Employees Requesting Retiree Benefits
Initial Date Posted:
Board Approval:
Applies To:
Previous DCCCD employees who terminated employment and is seeking retiree benefits
Source:
Related TASB Policy:
Last Date Revised:

Purpose

Some previous employees may be eligible to request retiree benefits if they meet the ERS Group Benefits Program Guidelines.

Background

Definitions

Eligibility

Hired prior to Aug. 31, 2001:

If a full time employee who was hired before Sept. 1, 2001, terminates employment with the District or other ERS insurance participating institution before age 65 the employee may be eligible for retirement benefits provided the following criteria is met:            

  • Must be 65 years of age or meet the Rule of 80
  • Have at least 10 years of service credit in ERS, TRS, ORP or any entity that participates in the state requirement program
  • Of the required 10 years service credit, have a minimum of three years creditable participation in ERS Group Benefits Program
  • Must have terminated employment from all state agencies and institutions that participate in the state insurance program or are no longer eligible for the program as an employee
  • Last place of public employment prior to retirement was with an agency or institution participating in the State’s insurance program.  

Hired after Sept. 1, 2001:  

If a full-time employee who was hired after Sept. 1, 2001, terminates employment with the District or other ERS insurance participating institution before age 65 the employee may be eligible for retirement benefits provided the following the criteria is met:     

  • Must be 65 years of age or meet the Rule of 80
  • Have at least 10 years of service credit in ERS, TRS, ORP or any entity that participates in the state requirement program
  • Of the required 10 years service credit have a minimum of 10 years creditable participation in ERS Group Benefits Program
  • Must have terminated employment from all state agencies and institutions that participate in the state insurance program or are no longer eligible for the program as an employee
  • Last place of public employment prior to retirement was with an agency or institution participating in the State’s insurance program.

Procedures

Employee Responsibility

HR Responsibility

Exceptions To Policy

Disclaimer: All eligibility requirements and criteria is subject to the approval and change by the  Employees Retirement System of Texas. Furthermore, health and other insurance benefits for employees and retirees are subject to change based on available State funding.  The Texas Legislature determines the level of funding for such benefits and has no continuing obligation to provide those benefits beyond each fiscal year.

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