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Effective January 1, 2015, House Bill 207 amended the State Employees’ Pension Plan to permit Correctional Officers employed in positions that are classified as Hazardous Duty Level A-1 to retire at 25 years without any reduction. The employees within the applicable Job Codes would pay an additional employee contribution rate of 2% and those employees that continue to work beyond 25 years of pension credited service will have a multiplier of 2.45% used for the years of service in excess of 25 years. The current multiplier is 1.85% per year. To receive this higher multiplier at retirement, these employees must retire from an applicable Job Code after serving for at least twenty (20) years and contributed at the higher percentage from January 2015 through December 2017.

The 2016 Comprehensive Annual Statement will reflect the Pension Creditable Service toward the required 25 years as of 12/31/2016 and the additional calculation using the higher multiplier of 2.45%, if vested.

Effective July 1, 2015, SB50 clarified the definition of a Correctional Officer by expanding the existing requirements from supervising inmates to supervising Correctional Officers in secure facilities and/or classified with a correctional officer job code. These additional job codes began paying the additional employee contribution rate of 2% on January 1, 2016. The employees impacted by SB50 must retire from an applicable Job Code after serving for at least twenty (20) years. These employees could retire effective January 1, 2017 and receive the higher multiplier of 2.45% for any years of pension credited service in excess of 25 years.

The 2016 Comprehensive Annual Statement will reflect the Pension Creditable Service toward the required 25 years as of 12/31/2016 and the additional calculation using the higher multiplier of 2.45%, if vested.

Effective January 1, 2017, HB363 and House Amendment 1 extends the same treatment to other specified peace officers. These officers are probation and parole officers in the Department of Corrections, Capitol Police officers, DNREC police officers, University of Delaware police, officers working for the State Fire Marshal, agents of the State Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, Justice of the Peace Court constables, Probation and Parole Officers in the Serious Juvenile Offender Unit and Senior Probation Officers employed by the Division of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

The employees impacted by this latest House Bill will pay an additional 2% employee pension contribution beginning January 1, 2017 and can retire effective January 1, 2019 with the higher multiplier of 2.45% for years of pension credited service in excess of 25 years. They also must retire from an applicable Job Code after serving for at least twenty (20) years.

HB207 Job Code Listing available here
HB363 Job Code Listing available here
SB50 Job Code Listing available here

Text of HB207 is available here.
Text of HB363 is available here.
Text of SB50 is available here.

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