Action required for disability recipients

Return Employment and Earnings Statement to avoid benefit interruption

If you’re receiving a disability benefit from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, you’re required to report to us annual earnings as well as any employment you’ve had during the past year.

You do so by completing an Employment and Earnings Statement, which also allows disability recipients to report employer information and job descriptions. OPERS began mailing Employment and Earnings Statements this week. If you do not return the completed statement within a month, a second notice will be mailed March 14.

To be sure you continue to receive your disability benefit payment, you must complete and submit the Employment and Earnings Statement even if you did not work during 2016.

Only income from employment needs to be reported. Social Security income, spousal support, child support and volunteer service are items that do not require reporting on the statement.

If we don’t receive your completed statement by April 15, your May disability benefit payment and subsequent payments will be held until we receive it. Employment and Earning Statements cannot be accepted by fax. Please mail the completed statement to OPERS as soon as possible.

For more information on the Employment and Earnings Statement, a video is available at the Got Mail? Get Answers section of our website.

When you fill out your statement, don’t forget to:

  • Provide your signature within the Member Acknowledgement and Authorization section.
  • Provide the correct date within the Member Acknowledgement and Authorization section.
  • Answer question #1 (indicating whether you were or were not employed in 2016) within the Employment Information section.
  • Answer question #2 (providing the amount of total earnings) within the Employment Information section.
  • Provide SSDI declaration (question #1) within the Social Security Disability Insurance Income section.

Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

2 thoughts on “Action required for disability recipients

  • February 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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    I don’t understand why OPERS doesn’t join the “modern age” and do all this electronically. We can file FED and STATE taxes, sign mortgage docs, insurance docs and many others all with an electronic signature. Why not this form? It would save paper and postage costs for OPERS.

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    • February 22, 2017 at 11:15 am
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      Dave,

      Thanks for the question. Currently, OPERS is working to add new self-service features that will allow our members and retirees to electronically file paperwork such as the Employment and Earnings statement. While we don’t have a release date yet, we are in the process of adding this component as an option.

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