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July 22, 2010

Re:      Retirement Workshops Available for Local PERS Members

Dear Mayor:

The Division of Pension and Benefits has scheduled new Retirement Workshop dates for PERS members.  The workshops will provide a step-by-step approach to explain topics that include retirement benefits, beneficiary options, group life insurance, taxability of the pension and health benefits in retirement.

The workshops are only for PERS members who will be retiring before the end of 2011.  Workshops will be held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and are currently scheduled for the following dates:

August 16 & 23
September 9, 15, 24 & 29
October 4 & 21
November 10, 15, & 22
December 10 & 17

All workshops will be held at the New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center, 1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton (Mercer County). 

Seating at the workshops is limited and members interested in attending must register online at and click the link for “Retirement Workshops”.  If attending, members must print an Estimate of Retirement Benefits using the Members Benefits Online System (MBOS) and bring it to the workshop.  Estimates obtained from MBOS are the same estimates obtained when visiting the Division’s offices and use identical salary and service information. Paper retirement applications will not be available nor accepted at the workshops.

If members are unable to use MBOS they should contact their Human Resources Representative or Benefits Administrators who may obtain retirement estimates for employees using the Employer Pensions and Benefits Information Connection (EPIC). 

Please share this notice with your department heads and employees who are considering retiring by the end of 2011.  For additional information contact Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 x112 or

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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