The ERSRI Member Service Center is here to help with all your retirement-related needs.
We encourage Members to call or email the Member Service Center for assistance or to schedule an appointment.
Please contact ERSRI by using our "Contact Us" page, or by phone at 401-462-7600 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ERSRI.org is your source for the latest information from Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, the state’s largest public employee retirement system.
The $10 billion retirement system works with state employees, teachers, the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS), MERS police and fire, correctional officers, BHDDH nurses, state police, and judges.
Here, you'll find the latest tools to help you plan for your retirement, calculate your benefits and eligibility, and understand how laws and regulations may affect you.
Are You Planning to Retire Soon?
Are you planning to retire within the next year? If so, ERSRI offers individual retirement counseling sessions. During your counseling session, ERSRI will provide you with a benefit estimate and the required retirement forms. You may also want to review ERSRI's Retirement Planning Checklist.
Please schedule your counseling session six to twelve months before retirement by calling ERSRI at 401-462-7600.
If you are planning to retire within 3 years, click here for more information and to submit your retirement counseling request.
News and Updates
Spring 2022 Issue of Compass is Available
March 2022: The Spring 2022 Issue of Compass, Rhode Island pension system's quarterly member newsletter, is available for download.
Included in this issue is a message from Treasurer Magaziner, a retirement system update, an investment update, and information about the State's Unclaimed Property program. Also in this issue is a profile of Mark Warren, who works as part of the team that maintains the Rhode Island State House.
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Retirees: How to Read Your 1099-R
1099-R forms for 2021 will be mailed to ERSRI retirees in January 2022. The form provides the details of the benefit distributions you received during the 2021 tax year and should be used in filing your 2021 federal and state income taxes.
For help reading your 1099-R, please click here.
Some retirees may receive multiple 1099-R forms. For more information, click here.
If you have not received your 1099-R by February 15, 2022, please call ERSRI at (401) 462-7600, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to request a copy.
You may also access your 1099R by logging into your account on the ERSRI Member Portal. For more information click here.
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Who is Eligible for a COLA in 2022?
Members of sixty-four municipal (MERS) pension plans will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2022.
All members of these 64 plans who retired before June 30, 2012 and were previously receiving or eligible for a COLA will receive a COLA beginning the month following their retirement date in 2022.
Click here for more information.
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Retirement Board Election (December 2021)
The Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) is holding an election to fill an open position on the Retirement Board. All active municipal employees and public safety members of the retirement system as of December 3, 2021, are eligible to run as and/or vote for a candidate.
ERSRI is governed by a 15-member Board chosen in accordance with Title 36 of the Rhode Island General Laws. Board members serve as trustees with fiduciary responsibility over all aspects of the system i.e., financial, administrative, policy, etc.
The elected member will complete the term of Active Municipal Employee Representative Thomas M. Lambert. The member elected to the seat will be sworn in at the March 16, 2022 meeting and is expected to serve through March 2024.
If interested, this document provides information on how to become a candidate.
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Shareholder Engagement Overview
Each year, publicly traded companies seek votes from shareholders on items including electing board members, executive pay packages, as well as proposals from shareholders on environmental, social, and governance issues. As a multi-billion-dollar investor in the U.S. and global stock markets, Rhode Island's pension fund holds shares in thousands of companies.
Treasurer Magaziner has published a report which provides an overview the actions his office is taking compel publicly traded companies in the state's $10.4 billion pension fund to adopt more responsible and sustainable corporate practices.
"My top priority as Treasurer is to expand economic growth and protect the financial security of Rhode Islanders and future generations. Companies that actively take leadership roles in developing more sustainable business practices are better positioned to deliver long-term value to investors, including members of the pension system as well as all Rhode Island taxpayers."
- Treasurer Magaziner
You can read the report here
Fall 2021 Issue of Compass is Available
September 2021: The Fall 2021 Issue of Compass, Rhode Island pension system's quarterly member newsletter, is available for download. Included are a message from Treasurer Magaziner, a retirement system update, and investment update, information on post-retirement employment, as well as a profile of Karen Hazard, a member with over 30 years of service.
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Member Handbook Updated
ERSRI's updated Membership and Retirement Handbook will help you navigate the features and benefits of your pension plan. The information in this handbook can be a valuable resource throughout your career in public service and when considering you retirement plans.
The information in this booklet is provide for Rhode Island state employees, public school teachers, correctional officers, state registered nurses, and employees of participating Rhode Island units of the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.
As different retirement rules and regulations apply to disability applications, police & fire members, judges, and State Police, please call the ERSRI Member Service Center at 401-462-7600 if you are in one of these categories.
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Retirees - Does ERSRI Have Your Current Mailing and E-mail Address?
Each month, ERSRI sends an e-mail to retirees letting you know that your Pay Statement is available to view, as well as quarterly e-mails letting you know when Compass, ERSRI’s newsletter, is available.
To update your contact information, please log into your account and click on the “Update My Personal Information” icon, which looks like this:
If you have have changed your address, phone number or e-mail, please make sure that you have informed the Retirement System. You can log onto your account and then click:
There, you will see a “Changing Your Personal Information” box, which looks like this:
Simply update any outdated information and click the green “Update” button and you’re done.
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