The 92nd General Assembly closed its 2019 session with a few changes to Arkansas Retirement Law.  Most concern only small portions of APERS’ membership, but a couple are more far reaching. This is a brief rundown of the most important: 

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Employer-sponsored retirement plans generally fall into two broad categories. APERS operates what is known as a “defined benefits” pension plan whereas most private retirement plans are “defined contribution” plans. The basic difference is what each plan promises its participants.

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Annually we receive the highest number of retirement applications for members who want to retire effective July 1. During the final week for filing a July application, we are offering extended visitor hours to assist members with the retirement essentials.

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At retirement, APERS members can choose between five different benefit options, or ways to structure their retirement benefits (not including PAW or DROP). They are Straight Life, A-120, A-60, B-75, and B-50. Learn the features of each at our blog!

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Arkansas public employees retirement system

Here you will find information based on your role in our system, whether you are an active member, near retirement, a retired member or an APERS particpating employer.