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September 24, 2018 - Retired Returned to Work Employees of PLDs 

This is a follow up to the information we sent you on September 14, 2018 regarding upcoming pension plan changes for Participating Local Districts (PLD’s) in the consolidated plan.

The MainePERS Board of Trustees has now approved changes that apply to employees who retire and are rehired by a PLD.  Starting with October 2018 payroll reporting, employers must remit a contribution toward the unfunded actuarial liability (UAL) of the plan that is equal to 5% of earnable compensation for each retiree who becomes employed as a Retiree Return to Work (RRTW) on or after October 2nd, 2018.  These new RRTW employees must be reported on your monthly payroll with a Rate Schedule Number (RSN) of 96.  Any RRTW employee in a position on or before October 1, 2018 is grandfathered until June 30, 2021, and will continue to be reported with a RSN of 53.  Grandfathering means that no UAL payment is required on these employees until 2021.  Any future change to the RRTW UAL rate will be communicated at the same time other PLD contribution rates are updated.  

Please continue to submit a Membership Application through ESS for each new RRTW employee.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Employer Services at (207) 512-3200 or

ESS Technical Issues

Employer Self Service (ESS) is experiencing technical issues and you may find that you are unable to log-in after business hours. Should you encounter this issue please try again at a later time. We expect these outages to last only through the overnight but they may continue for several nights. We will notify you once this issue has been resolved and ESS is completely restored. Thank you for your patience during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by any unscheduled outages.


September 5, 2018 - August GLI Invoices 
August invoices are now available in ESS. This invoice covers the premiums for the entire month of August (1-31). If you have any questions about your bill please email us.

July 25, 2018 - ESS Multi-factor Authentication 
MainePERS appreciates your participation in taking appropriate steps to protect member and payroll information. We are poised to increase the layers of protection we provide regarding your information with the introduction of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for ESS users. Once activated, ESS users will log in with their credentials and provide a code unique to each ESS session that will be provided to them in a phone call.

This technology requires registered ESS users to maintain a primary and secondary phone number in MainePERS' records so we can reach you.

Please email us at employer@mainepers.org with the following information for each ESS user: name, your employer code(s), primary phone (work) and a secondary phone number (like a cell - *optional).

This information is needed now so we can activate this security feature.

June 14, 2018 - Employer Update 
The June 2018 issue is now available.

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