Author Archives: Elizabeth Althoff

Top 5 FAQs About LAGERS Expansion of Employee Contribution Option Bill

This year, LAGERS is seeking to expand the options available for employer election to provide more flexibility in the employee contribution election.  Currently, an employer can elect to be either contributory or non-contributory.  This year’s bills (House Bill 1467 and Senate Bill 768) seek to expand the options to 0, 2, 4, and 6% employee contribution.  Over the past two years, LAGERS staff has traveled the state visiting with our members and employers about this proposal.  While the feedback has been overwhelming positive, as with any legislative change, there are always questions.  Here are a few of the most common questions we’ve received regarding this year’s proposal.

Tagged Contributions, Legislation

Three Reasons Why You Should Attend LAGERS Legislative Day

On March 18th, LAGERS will be hosting our 3rd Annual Legislative Day.  While Legislative Day is a great opportunity for members and retirees to help advocate on behalf of their retirement system, there are many great reason why you don’t want to miss out on this year’s event!  Here are just a few:

Tagged Advocacy, Policy, issues & policy, legislative Day

LAGERS Pre-Files Legislation Seeking to Enhance Flexibility of Employee Contribution Options

LAGERS has pre-filed legislation that seeks to further enhance the flexibility of the retirement system. Currently under law, an employer has many options to tailor a retirement benefit that will meet the goals and needs of its unique workforce. The options for employer election range from the benefit multiplier, final average salary, retirement ages, and employee contributions.  

Back by Popular Demand: Why You Shouldn't Think of Your COLA as a Raise

One of the most common questions members ask at Pre-Retirement Seminars is ‘what is the average cost of living adjustment LAGERS retirees receive each year?’

Tagged COLA, cost of living adjustment, Members, Retirees

Facebook Live Replay - Public Safety

On Tuesday we held a Facebook Live event to explain the new LAGERS retirement eligibility options for certain public safety personnel. Elizabeth Althoff was instrumental in this project and explained how the new law works and answered the most common questions that we get about this new option.

Tagged Legislation, public safety

Legislative & Advocacy Update

Overview of 2019 Legislative Session The first regular session of the 100th General Assembly came to a close on May 17th. This year, the legislature tackled some major, and often controversial, issues and the final weeks of session were unsurprisingly not without little drama.

Tagged Legislation, Advocacy, legislative Day

Governor Parson Signs LAGERS' Public Safety Bill Into Law

Governor Parson signed LAGERS Public Safety Bill into law on July 10 meaning that many employers will soon have the option to cover EMS personnel, emergency telecommunicators, and jailors as Public Safety personnel with an age 55 normal retirement age.

Tagged EMT, General Assembly, Plan Design, Session, Retirement, Retire, public safety, Policy, issues & policy, first responders

Back By Popular Demand: When it Comes to Your LAGERS Benefit, You Can Take it With You

One of the greatest misconceptions when it comes to your LAGERS benefit is that in order to be eligible for a monthly benefit, you must stay with your employer until you retire. The truth is, your benefit is more portable than you may think, and regardless of whether you plan to be a career-long local government employee in Missouri, or if you have plans to move on in the future, you have lots of different options when it comes to taking your LAGERS benefit with you!

Tagged quitting; leaving; terminating; employment

5 Things Every LAGERS Member Should Know About Their LAGERS Benefit

Whether it’s your first day on the job, or you’re a seasoned local government pro, you may feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to understanding your LAGERS benefit.  While there a many facets to how your benefit works, here are five simple themes every LAGERS member should know.

 

1. Your Hard Work Pays Off

LAGERS benefit calculation is pretty simple: work longer, earn more income in retirement.  That’s easy enough, but because you accrue service, and not an account balance, it can sometimes be difficult to visualize the true value of your LAGERS benefit.  LAGERS offers many different tools to help you estimate your future benefit, but know that each month you work, your future financial security grows - and that future monthly income will add up over a lifetime!

Tagged Disability Benefits, Funding, Retirement Security, Working after Retirement, state of the system, separating from employment, prefunded

2019 Legislative Day - The Importance of the LAGERS Retirement System

Last week, LAGERS members from every corner of the state gathered in Jefferson City to visit with lawmakers about the importance of their LAGERS retirement system! It was an action-packed day, full of tons of great visits with our state lawmakers.  Here are a few of the highlights!

Tagged Legislation, Advocacy, Policy, issues & policy, issues, legislative Day

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