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 MSERS 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:

  1. Terminated employment with the Commonwealth, and
  2. Accrued fewer than six months of participation in a 12-month period. A month of participation in the ORP is any month during which a contribution is made to the plan.