What Employers Say About Enhanced Reporting
“It’s easier — and it helps to break down overtime and other things that can make payroll complicated.”
Penny Rich | Deputy Clerk, Village of Cayuga Heights
“We’re a small office, so I wear a lot of hats — and this saves me time.”
Maureen Lewesey | Village Clerk/Treasurer, Village of Victory
“It’s easier with Retirement Online. Everything’s all right there.”
Wendy Driscoll | District Treasurer, North Greenbush Common School District
“The training was amazing — helpful, positive, and encouraging. It was the best transition I’ve ever been through.”
Laura Bestehorn | District Clerk/Treasurer, Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District
“The data we collect with enhanced reporting will make things easier moving into the future.”
Michelle Karpinski | Deputy Treasurer, Village of Arcade
See our COVID-19 Guidance for Employers page for important information about how the COVID-19 emergency may affect your monthly reporting.
To protect the health of our members and employees, Retirement System consultation offices are closed until further notice. To schedule a phone consultation, and for all other inquiries, your employees can contact us at 1-866-805-0990; 518-474-7736 in the Albany, NY area. However, we strongly encourage members to use Retirement Online to do business with NYSLRS at this time.
Billing Information Available in Retirement Online
From your Retirement Online Account Homepage, click the “Access Billing Dashboard” button to see your annual invoice due February 1, 2022, the projection of your invoice due February 1, 2023, your GASB report and your reported Fiscal Year Earnings for year ending March 31, 2021. Only Billing security role holders have Dashboard access. You’ll find training materials to help you use the Billing Dashboard on the Retirement Online How To page.
Make the Switch to Enhanced Reporting
More than 650 NYSLRS employers are now using Retirement Online enhanced reporting. Visit the Enhanced Reporting — Gold Certification page to find out how you can join them and take advantage of a better way of reporting.
Earnings Limits for Tier 6. Read More…
Overtime Limits for Tier 6. Read More…
Enrollment through Enhanced Reporting: Use the Actual Hire Date. Read More…
Enrollment through Enhanced Reporting: Hiring Existing NYSLRS Members or Retirees. Read More…
Earnings Limits for Tier 6 — Pensionable earnings (the earnings that can be used in a NYSLRS pension benefit calculation) for Tier 6 members are limited to the Governor’s salary.
In fall 2021, the Governor’s salary was increased to $250,000, effective retroactive to January 1, 2021. This earnings limit is applied on a State fiscal year (April 1 – March 31) basis, so when the Governor’s salary increases at the beginning of a calendar year, the limit amount is prorated.
- The earnings limit from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 has increased from $225,000 to $231,250.
- The earnings limit beginning April 1, 2021 is now $250,000.
For both enhanced and legacy reporters: Continue to report earnings and days worked as usual if your Tier 6 employee reaches the Governor’s salary limit, but only take contributions from earnings below the limit.
Tier 6 members who made more than $225,000 since April 1, 2020 may now owe mandatory contributions on earnings you already reported. Correspondence with further instruction will be sent directly to the impacted members and to their employers once the amount owed is calculated.
Overtime Limits for Tier 6 — For Tier 6 members, overtime earnings that exceed annual calendar year limits are not included in the definition of earnings, and cannot be used in a NYSLRS pension benefit calculation.
Enhanced reporters: Overtime below and above the limit should be reported, however it should be reported using the appropriate overtime earnings code, depending on whether it is pensionable (overtime earned below the limit) or non-pensionable.
Legacy reporters: Visit our legacy Overtime Compensation page for instructions.
Enrollment through Enhanced Reporting: Use the Actual Hire Date — When you hire a new employee at your location, you must use the actual hire date for the position being entered. For NYSLRS purposes, the actual hire date is the first day the employee is being paid and on the payroll for that position. If they are a mandatory member, you will enroll them into NYSLRS as of their hire date, and using the actual hire date informs us about any uncredited service that may exist for the member. If they are an optional member choosing not to join NYSLRS, you would hire the employee for reporting purposes.
If the employee was formerly employed by your location and the employment instance has already been terminated, either by you as the employer or by us for inactivity, you must rehire them into the same employment instance and use the first day they are being paid (after their termination date) as their rehire date.
If the employee was previously reported for this position and you are now splitting it into two positions with two separate employment instances, the actual hire date would be the first day of the month that you switched to using the enhanced report format.
Enrollment through Enhanced Reporting: Hiring Existing NYSLRS Members or Retirees — When hiring employees, it is important to ask the employee whether they are an existing member or retiree of either NYSLRS or another NYS/NYC public retirement system. If they are a NYSLRS member or retiree, you should ask them to provide their NYSLRS ID, if available.
You would hire (not enroll) the employee into a new employment instance if they are a member who has not previously worked for your location, or a retiree who has not previously worked for your location as a retiree. If your employee is an existing NYSLRS member, they will make mandatory membership contributions (if applicable) as part of their employment with you. If your employee is a retiree receiving a pension from a NYS/NYC public retirement system, you will report their days and salary only so we can monitor their post-retirement employment.
Learn more about membership and enrollment.