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State Employees, Teachers, Judges and State Police Retirees

State employees, teachers, judges and state police retirees who were receiving a COLA prior to the June 30, 2012, will receive a 4 year COLA in 2017. The COLA will be paid the month following the member’s retirement date.

State police retirees who retired before June 30, 2012 who were not receiving a COLA prior to June 30, 2012, will receive the 4 year COLA the month following the third anniversary of the member’s retirement date.

State employees, teachers and judges retirees who retired between October 1, 2009 and June 30, 2012 who were not receiving a COLA, will receive the 4 year COLA the month following the third anniversary of the member’s retirement date or age 65, whichever is later.

State police retirees who retired after June 30, 2012 will receive the 4 year COLA the month following the three year anniversary of the member’s retirement date or age 55, whichever is later. The 4 year COLA is applied to the first $31,318 of a pension and will begin in the month following the members’ date of retirement.

State employees, teachers and judges retirees who retired after June 30, 2012 become eligible to receive a ‘4-Year’ COLA after reaching Social Security Normal Retirement Age (SSNRA) AND the three-year anniversary of the member’s retirement date. The COLA is applied to the first $31,318 of a pension benefit and will begin in the month following the 3-year anniversary date of the member’s retirement or SSNRA, whichever is later.

If you have specific questions about your eligibility, please contact ERSRI at (401) 462-7600. The ERSRI Customer Service Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Note: This information is prepared exclusively for use by members of the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island. It is not intended as a substitute for the Rhode Island General Laws (R.I.G.L.) nor will its interpretation prevail should a conflict arise between the contents of this summary and R.I.G.L. s. Rules governing retirement are subject to change periodically either by statute of the Rhode Island Legislature or by regulation of ERSRI.