ERSRI.org is your source for the latest information from Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, the state’s largest public employee retirement system.
The nearly $8 billion retirement system works with state employees, teachers, the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS), MERS police and fire, correctional officers, BHDDH nurses, state police and judges regarding pension issues.
Here, you'll find the latest tools to help you plan for your retirement, calculate your benefits and eligibility, and understand how laws and regulations may affect you.
Planning to Retire Soon?
Are you planning to retire within the next nine months? If so, ERSRI offers group retirement counseling at our Warwick office. A benefit estimate and retirement forms are provided at the group sessions. Please schedule your appointment six to nine months before retirement by contacting ERSRI at 401-462-7600.
The ERSRI Customer Service Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
If you have additional questions, please use the "Contact Us" page.
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News and Updates
The Impact of "Brexit" on ERSRI
June 27, 2016: Last week, voters in the United Kingdom chose to exit the European Union. In reaction to the vote, stock markets across the world fell - with the largest losses being felt by companies that do a significant amount of business in the European Union. Economists expect markets to continue to be volatile in the short-term, as investors strive to understand and assess the implications of “Brexit”.
Members of Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) should know that the recent volatility will in no way impact the ability of ERSRI to provide your regular pension payments. Despite the recent market volatility, the ERSRI trust fund continues to hold more than $7 billion in assets and employers continue to make their regularly scheduled contributions into the trust.
The balanced investment strategy of ERSRI is designed to deliver strong performance over the long-term, while preserving capital in times of short-term market volatility. Our portfolio is diversified across numerous types of investments, some of which will be impacted positively by the recent volatility and some of which are expected to struggle in the short-term before eventually rebounding.
Our team at ERSRI continues to monitor the Brexit situation, while maintaining our long-term perspective and commitment to the retirement security of all of our members.
ERSRI System Upgrade
To help us provide better customer service to our members, Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island is completing the final phase of a multi-year upgrade of our computer system.
Over the summer, ERSRI is beta-testing the new website with a small group of retirees. When launched system-wide later this year, the new site will not only help our staff deliver better service but also improve both the estimate and service purchase functionalities on the site. To learn more about the ERSRI system upgrade click here.
58 MERS Plans to Receive COLA in 2016
Members of fifty-eight municipal pension plans will receive cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in 2016. To learn more, please click here.
- Please note that the ERSRI EIN number has changed for the 2015 tax year. The new EIN number is 04-3257275.
- For an explanation of your 2015 1099R form please click here.
- For an explanation for members who turned 59 ½ during 2015 and received two 1099R forms please click here.