Re-employment of an ORP participant
No restrictions: ORP participants who are re-employed by the Commonwealth may be offered any position, without restrictions of maximum workload, earnings and/or benefits re-calculation, even in cases where the participant has drawn or is currently drawing benefits from the plan.
Am I Eligible for a New Election Period?
When new employees are hired into ORP-eligible positions, they are entitled to a 180-day Election Period during which they may choose between the ORP and the SERS as their retirement plan.
In cases of re-employment of a former ORP participant, an employee will be eligible for a new Election Period only if he or she has incurred a Break in Service. A Break in Service occurs when an ORP participant has:
- terminated employment with the Commonwealth, and
- accrued fewer than six (6) Months of Participation in a twelve-month period. A Month of Participation in the ORP is any month during which a contribution is made to the Plan.