Members FAQs

Updated: 2021-02-17

 

How do I know what plan I’m in?

If your employment began on or after July 1, 2006, you are a Hybrid plan member (unless you were employed in one of the following categories: Police, Fire, Certain Public Safety Officers, Judges, Elected and Legislative Officers).

If your employment began on or after July 1, 1984, You are a Noncontributory plan member (unless you were employed in one of the above shown categories or made an election to join the Hybrid Plan in 2006).

If your employment began prior to July 1, 1984, you are a Contributory plan member (unless you made an election to join the Noncontributory plan in 1984 or made an election to join the Hybrid plan in 2006).

See plan information here: https://ers.ehawaii.gov/members/active.

 

What are some of the proof-of-age document requirement changes during COVID-19?

During Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) will accept copies of proof-of-age documents of members and beneficiaries. Previously only original documents were accepted.

Mailed documentation is the preferred method of submittal and delivery to accommodate social distancing requirements.

The ERS also added “Real ID” credentials (e.g., driver’s licenses with “Gold Star” emblems or state identification certificates) as primary proof documents to verify the birth dates of the member or beneficiary. If a primary proof document is not available, a birth registration card or a passport card may serve as 1 of 2 acceptable secondary proof documents.

Mailed forms requiring notarized signatures will still need to be notarized unless submitted in-office and authorized by an ERS employee. For more information, contact the ERS.

 

If I am eligible to purchase ERS service, how is the cost calculated?

The cost to purchase ERS service is actuarily calculated, effective July 1, 2020. See more information here: https://ers.ehawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-09-21-Cost-to-purchase-eligible-service-increases.pdf

 

ERS Q&A regarding announced state employee furloughs

https://ers.ehawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-23-State-Employee-Furlough-QA.pdf