RETURNING TO THE CITY?
Depending on your years of service and your time away from the City, your prior service and contributions may be included in your pension calculation.
SERVICE & CONTRIBUTIONS INCLUDED
There are four ways your prior service and contributions can be included in your pension calculation:
You had at least 5 years of credited pension service when you left the City and you left your contributions in the Fund.
You had less than 5 years of service when you left the City, but you left your contributions in the Fund and returned to the City within 6 years.
You left the City and withdrew your contributions, but are returning to the City within 6 years. In this case, you may elect to receive credit for your prior service by making a one-time payment to ERF equal to the amount withdrawn plus interest. This buy back can only be made after one year with the City, but must be made no later than three years after your return.
If you have been separated from employment with the city for three (3) years and did not take a refund of your contributions, you have forfeited your right to a refund of those funds. However, if you return to employment with the city within six (6) years of your termination, you are eligible to reinstate your forfeited service. You must first work for the city for 12 consecutive months before you are eligible to apply. You have a total of three years from your re-employment date to apply.
SERVICE & CONTRIBUTIONS NOT INCLUDED
Your prior service and contributions will not be included in your pension calculations if you either:
Withdrew or forfeited your contributions.
Withdrew your contributions and returned to the City within 6 years, but failed to repay your contributions plus interest.