Returning to LAGERS Covered Employment
A former member may decide to re-employ with the same or a different LAGERS employer some time in the future.
I was not vested when I left LAGERS Employment
If you are re-employing within the LAGERS system and you had less than 60 months of service when you left employment previously, you may still be eligible for a benefit based on that service should you become vested.
In order to receive credit for your previous service, you must:
- Have not taken a refund of contributions. Taking a refund of your member contributions forfeits any credited service on that account. If you took a refund, you may still be eligible to redeposit those funds plus interest to reinstate previous service.
- Be re-employed within 10 years of termination with your former LAGERS employer. A non-vested member must re-employ within 10 years of their termination date in order to be eligible to receive credited service for their previous LAGERS employment.
I was vested when I left LAGERS Employment
A vested member who is returning to LAGERS covered employment will continue to accrue toward their benefit unless:
You took a refund– Taking a refund of your member contributions forfeits any credited service on that account. If you took a refund, you may still be eligible to redeposit those funds plus interest to reinstate previous service.
You took a lump sum– LAGERS views Lump Sums as a payment in full of your earned benefit. If you took a lump sum, you have already received a benefit for your previous employment.
Service earned with your new employer will accrue at whatever benefit levels are elected at that employer.
Service from any previous employment will be calculated at the benefit level the employer had in effect when you left employment. Learn more about how benefits with multiple employers are calculated.