Back By Popular Demand: How are Employer Contribution Rates Determined?

This post was originally published in June 16, 2015. Annual 2019 rates, as well as your annual valuation are now posted on eclipse, and it's a good time to refresh your knowledge on contribution rates and how they work. Download your annual valuation from eclipse to learn more.

Each LAGERS employer has a monthly contribution rate for its employee group that may change annually. This contribution the employer makes ensures proper funding of its pension benefits.  There are many driving factors that play into calculation of LAGERS' employers contribution rates, and we will discuss the top three in this blog. 

Tagged Defined Benefit, Contribution Rates, Employer Cost, Members

March: Developmental Disability Awareness Month

You may be wondering why a LAGERS blog would focus on Developmental Disability Awareness. As all of us at LAGERS know, our members are exceptional people. They are "Salt of the Earth" people, people who make our communities flourish and shine. And among our member employers are "Senate Bill 40" agencies. Senate Bill 40 employers, named after the Senate Bill that established them, provide for the employment, residential, and related service needs for people with developmental disabilities in Missouri. LAGERS members who are employed by SB 40 employers are made up of social workers, case workers, administrators and others whose primary focus is to assist people with developmental disabilities in meeting their needs so they can gain more independence and inclusion within their communities. Not only are our Senate Bill 40 employees special to us and our communities, but so are the people they serve within our communities.

Tagged Members, value of local government, workers, Public service

Making Community Happen

Local government service is not for everyone. It takes employees and officials who are willing to invest time in their community and deeply care about building quality of life. There are so many areas of life that local government touches – from streets to sewers, schools to streams, youth programs to public safety, community art to secure online services– the people who serve must invest time to learn about and address a wide variety of issues, all to make their community stronger.

Tagged Members, value of local government, cities, municipalities, Missouri Municipal League

Back by Popular Demand - 5 Reasons to Love Your LAGERS Benefit

Untitled design-305412-edited.pngIt's almost Valentine's Day, and we thought it would be fitting to re-post one of our favorite blogs from 2015 by Elizabeth Althoff, "5 Reasons to Love Your LAGERS Benefit." There are so many reasons to love a secure retirement, and LAGERS checks all the boxes. So while you're thinking of candy and flowers and heaarts, now that LAGERS is thinking about your financial future.

Tagged COLA, disability, Disability Benefits, Employers, Members, Prospective Members, Retirees, secure retirement, Security, Survivors Benefits, Public service, inflation

GOT ETHICS?

“I think ethics is the most exciting topic in the world to talk about,” said no one ever.


 

I know people who actually cringe when they discover a seminar or conference they will be attending has a session on ethics. Some professions require training in ethics—for example, those of us with a CPA license must obtain a whopping two hours of ethics training per year. (Thank you Enron, Arthur Anderson, etc…)

Tagged compliance, Defending Pensions, Defined Benefit, Getting it Right, Members, pensions, Retirement, retirement planning, Retirement Security, Secure, secure retirement, Security, Strategy, Goals, ethics

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 Members, Retirees

A Secure Retirement for Local Government Workers Brings Major Economic Payoff for Missouri

Did you know that every person living in Missouri benefits from the LAGERS system? How can that be, you might ask? While not every Missourian is actually drawing a benefit from LAGERS, the economic benefits produced by retirees spending their benefits, ripple throughout Missouri’s economy. This retiree spending produces major economic impact that affects each and every person living in our great state!

Tagged Employers, Members, Prospective Members, Retirees

The Story of LAGERS

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LAGERS Lingo

Typically, when one enters a new job or profession, he or she is confronted with a daunting task of learning the vocabulary and jargon of that particular field of work. The same can be said for me upon my recent employment at LAGERS. As I traverse this new world of pension vocabulary, I think it might be beneficial to pass my new found knowledge on to you, as I am assuming pension jargon is a foreign language to most who are not directly involved with the field of public pensions.

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We Made It! 700 Employers!

As you may know, LAGERS recently reached a milestone of 700 employers. While this milestone may not seem that significant to most, it tells quite an amazing story. Each and every year, LAGERS adds around 10-20 new employers seeking a way to recruit quality employees and give them a path to leave the workforce when they reach retirement age. Those employers that join LAGERS believe that this system gives their subdivision the best way to accomplish their goal perhaps better than providing a defined contribution plan.

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