For more detail on specific issues see the
Employees' Retirement Handbook.
What are the Basic requirements for retirement or DROP Eligibility in the City Parish Employee's Retirement System (CPERS)?
Members hired prior to 9/1/15:
- 10 years of service, age 55 or 25 years of service, any age.
Members hired on or after 9/1/15:
- 10 years of service, age 60 non public safety, age 55 public safety
- 25 years of service, age 55 non public safety, age 50 public safety
How is a retirement benefit calculated? The basic formula is:
Total years of creditable service X retirement factor(%) X avg. compensation = Benefit
(Note:The retirement factor is the credit given for each year of creditable service.
2.5% is given for each year of creditable service if total creditable service is less than
25 years; 3% if creditable service is 25 years or more.
The benefit cannot exceed 90% of the member’s average compensation.)
When is a CPERS member considered vested?
Normal vesting is achieved at ten (10) years of creditable service.
What types of service are recognized as Creditable Service?
(active employment) with contributions made to CPERS
Trade of Accrued Sick and/or Vacation Leave
For service credit
Active Military Service
(Up to 3 years , Honorable Discharge, copy of DD214) No cost to the member.
Prior Service with the City
(contributions must be on deposit with CPERS)
from another Louisiana Public Employees’ Retirement System
If I worked for one of the CPERS employers in the past, but quit and received a refund of retirement contributions, can I receive credit for that period of service?
Yes. Such service can be
purchased by a contributing member and it is calculated as the amount of the
refund plus accumulated interest at the actuarial assumed rate of return on
investments from the date of the refund to the date of commencement of the
repurchase. CPERS allows up to four (4) years for repayment with no additional
interest, or six (6) years with additional interest. Payroll deduction is
allowed. Payment in the form of a transfer from another qualified plan such as
an IRA or 457 plan (deferred compensation) is also acceptable.
Are retirement benefits available if I get disabled?
Yes. If the disability is incurred on the job, you may qualify for a minimum 50% Service
Connected Disability Retirement Benefit offset by any Workers’ Compensation benefits for the same disabling injury or illness.
If the disability is not work related, you must have a minimum of 10 years of creditable service to pursue an Ordinary Disability Retirement Benefit. An Ordinary Disability Retirement Benefit also begins at 50% of the member’s average compensation.
What is the DROP?
The Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) is a type of pre-retirement plan which allows you to begin accumulating retirement benefits while continuing employment. In effect, your monthly CPERS benefit is calculated at the time of DROP entry, and the resulting benefit is placed each month in a tax-deferred account.The account balance accrues interest which is payable, provided that the terms of the DROP contract are not violated. Once enrolled in the DROP you no longer contribute to CPERS, will not earn any additional service credit toward a CPERS benefit, and therefore your monthly benefit will not change. You can only participate in the DROP once.
What are the requirements for entry into the DROP?
A member must be eligible for a normal service allowance retirement as outlined in the answer to the first question of the FAQ’s. Members may participate in either a 3 year or 5 year DROP depending on their total years of creditable service.
Am I required to participate in the DROP?
No. The DROP is available for eligible members but there is no requirement that you participate.
Are there Survivor Benefits available?
Yes. There are several survivor benefit options available. There are options for minor children, a spouse or someone designated by the member who is not their child or spouse. The options and related costs, if any, can be explained by the retirement benefits analyst. Any related costs will result in an actuarially reduced benefit for the member.