Return Employment and Earnings Statement to avoid benefit interruption
By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
Feb. 16, 2017 — 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.
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.