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Members should call or email the Service Center for assistance or an appointment.
Pension and disability payments are being made in full and on time.
Please contact ERSRI by using our "Contact Us" page, or by phone at 401-462-7600 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ERSRI.org is your source for the latest information from Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, the state’s largest public employee retirement system.
The $8 billion retirement system works with state employees, teachers, the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS), MERS police and fire, correctional officers, BHDDH nurses, state police, and judges.
Here, you'll find the latest tools to help you plan for your retirement, calculate your benefits and eligibility, and understand how laws and regulations may affect you.
Are You Planning to Retire Soon?
Are you planning to retire within the next year? If so, ERSRI offers individual retirement counseling sessions. During your counseling session, ERSRI will provide you with a benefit estimate and the required retirement forms. You may also want to review ERSRI's Retirement Planning Checklist.
Please schedule your counseling session six to nine months before retirement by calling ERSRI at 401-462-7600.
News and Updates
Rhode Island Pension Fund Earns $140 Million in May 2020
June 24, 2020: Rhode Island's pension fund returned 1.7% in May, earning more than $140 million from investments, as Treasurer Magaziner’s Back to Basics investment strategy continues to provide growth and stability for members of the Retirement System.
Over the 12-month period ending May 31, 2020, the system returned 6.6%, outperforming the plan’s benchmark return of 5.6% for the same period. The Crisis Protection Class has been a key contributor to the system’s 12-month investment performance returning 15.7%.
For more information click here.
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Statement from Treasurer Magaziner about the State's Name
June 22, 2020: Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magazine today made the following announcement about his office's use of the state's name:
"Today, I am announcing that the Office of the General Treasurer will remove the words 'and Providence Plantations' from the state's checks. We will also remove those words from our letterhead, citations, and other Office correspondence.
For African-Americans and other People of Color, ‘plantations’ are synonymous with centuries of race-based slavery and violence. In my discussions with African-American leaders in recent weeks, they have explained the chilling feeling they have when seeing the word 'plantations' on Rhode Island government letters, citations, and checks..."
You can read Treasurer Magaziner's complete statement here.
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Impact of Employee Workshare Program on Your Pension Benefit
June 3, 2020 / Updated June 26, 2020: The Rhode Island Department of Administration (DOA) and some municipalities have announced that it will implement a voluntary WorkShare program for employees to assist in closing budget deficits. The program connects employees with the Unemployment Insurance WorkShare program to replace wages lost due to a reduction in work hours.
A participating employee will work at their regular job 3 days per week, or 60% of their regular schedule. They will be paid 60% of their normal pay. At the same time, the employee can enroll in the WorkShare program, which will provide compensation for the other 40% of the employee’s time.
Employees can learn more about this program by contacting their manager, or by going to the DOA website.
Note: Municipal employees should contact their employer for details. For State employees, the WorkShare program is scheduled to take place over 12 weeks, from June 14, 2020 - September 5, 2020 (6 pay periods). The maximum number of unworked days will be 24.
For some employees, participating in the WorkShare program may affect your pension benefit. You can find more information at ERSRI's 2020 WorkShare page or by downloading this information sheet.
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Reviewing and Updating the Beneficiary on your Retirement Account
February 2020: Following major life events, including marriage, divorce, births and deaths, ERSRI encourages active employees and retirees to review the beneficiary information on their retirement account.
ERSRI pays a death benefit to your designated beneficiary. The death benefit is a one-time payment of $800 per full year of service, up to a maximum of $16,000. Following retirement, the benefit is reduced by 25% each year with a minimum benefit of $4,000. You may name one or more beneficiaries.
To learn more about reviewing and updating your beneficiary, please click here.
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Retirees - Does ERSRI Have Your Current Mailing and E-mail Address?
Each month, ERSRI sends an e-mail to retirees letting you know that your Pay Statement is available to view, as well as quarterly e-mails letting you know when Compass, ERSRI’s newsletter, is available.
To update your contact information, please log into your account and click on the “Update My Personal Information” icon, which looks like this:
If you have have changed your address, phone number or e-mail, please make sure that you have informed the Retirement System. You can log onto your account and then click:
There, you will see a “Changing Your Personal Information” box, which looks like this:
Simply update any outdated information and click the green “Update” button and you’re done.