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The "present value" is the amount of money you would need to invest today to give you roughly the same monthly benefit you would have received from the Pension Plan. In figuring that amount, it's assumed that you terminate from the FRS today; begin drawing retirement benefits on your normal retirement date – the earlier of age 62 or 30 years of service, or the earlier of age 55 or 25 years of service for members of the Special Risk Class*; live an average life span; and received, if applicable, a cost-of-living increase during retirement.
Present value is based only on your current FRS service to date and your current average final compensation. If you stay in the Pension Plan instead of switching to the Investment Plan, the value of your Pension Plan benefit will increase over time if you accumulate more service. If you switch to the Investment Plan – without transferring your Pension Plan benefit to the Investment Plan – and remain an inactive participant in the Pension Plan, the value of your Pension Plan benefit will be frozen. It will not increase over time as you accumulate service in the Investment Plan.
*If initially hired on or after July 1, 2011, normal retirement is the earlier of age 65 or 33 years of service or the earlier of age 60 or 30 years of service for members of the Special Risk Class.
You will have 21 days to file a petition for a hearing before the State Retirement Commission. In addition, the Division will advise you of any other alternatives you may consider.
No, you cannot return to employment with an FRS-participating employer as an unpaid bona fide volunteer until you have been retired for six calendar months (i.e., 6 calendar months following the month in which a distribution was taken). If you are reemployed by an FRS-participating employer, in any capacity, within the six calendar month period after receiving a distribution (retiring), your retirement will be voided. You and your employer will be required to repay any benefits received; and your FRS membership will then be reinstated. An alternative to repaying these benefits is for you to terminate employment for an additional period to satisfy the six calendar month termination requirement.
If you've been retired for 6 calendar months, and you return to employment with an FRS-participating employer in an unpaid bona fide volunteer during the 7 to 12 calendar months after retirement, no additional Investment Plan distributions are permitted until you either terminate employment or complete a total of 12 calendar months of retirement.
There is one exception to the restrictions on reemployment limitations after retirement. If you are a retired law enforcement officer, you may only be reemployed as a school resource officer by an FRS-covered employer during the 7th through 12th calendar months after your retirement and receive both your salary and retirement benefits.
Yes, if this is the first time you've been rehired since the Investment Plan began. As with a new employee, you'll be enrolled automatically in the Pension Plan on your rehire date and you will have until the last business day of the eighth month after your rehire date to select a retirement Plan.
If you already made a plan choice then you will be returned to the plan you were in prior to leaving employment.
Yes. None of the funds in the Investment Plan are guaranteed.
Section 121.4501(15), Florida Statutes, incorporates the federal law concept of fiduciary responsibility on the part of the Trustees of the SBA, codified at 29 U.S.C. 1104(a)(1)(A)-(C), and also incorporates the federal law concept of participant control, established by regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor under Section 404(c) of ERISA.
Under the concept of fiduciary responsibility, the Trustees of the SBA shall ensure that investment of FRS Investment Plan assets shall be made for the sole interest and exclusive purpose of providing benefits to Plan participants and beneficiaries and defraying reasonable expenses of administering the Plan.
Under the concept of participant control, if you, as a participant, exercise control over your assets in the FRS Investment Plan, pursuant to Section 404(c) regulations and all applicable laws governing the operation of the FRS Investment Plan, no program fiduciary shall be liable for any loss to your account that may result from your exercise of that control.
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The FRS conducted a comprehensive competitive bidding process with the assistance of outside consultants. Numerous education firms submitted written proposals in response to a formal request for proposal. After the list of prospective vendors was narrowed down, selected finalists made in-person presentations and presented samples of their proposed strategies and educational materials. After the FRS carefully reviewed the proposals, the most qualified firms were selected. The contracts with these firms prohibits them from selling any involved products or from having a relationship with firms in the plan who offer investment products. These contractors are subject to rebid every 5-7 years.