WE ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED AT
Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack Street, Entry C - 3rd fl, Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone (978) 620-3570 - FAX (978) 683-5894
Hours 7:30 - 3:00 pm
(If a later appt. is needed, please call to make arrangements)
The City of Lawrence Retirement Board Members and Office Staff are always on hand and ready to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your retirement system. As always we would like to encourage our members and retirees to contact the office with any questions or concerns that may arise. This web site was created so that our members and retirees would have yet another tool to find information regarding their municipal pension. We hope you find our site informative and easy to navigate. We are happy to have you as a visitor and encourage you to come back often!
This information is not intended as a substitute for the Massachusetts General Laws nor will its interpretation prevail should a conflict arise between its contents and MGL Chapter 32. Rules governing retirement benefits are subject to change periodically either by statute of the Massachusetts Legislature or by regulation of the Lawrence Retirement Board.
Benefits Office 978 620-3065
GIC 617 727-2310
Retiree 1099-R's - Please note if you became age 59 1/2 during 2014
Due to the IRS Private Letter Ruling and Determination Letter, superannuation (non disability) retirees who turned 59 1/2 during a calendar year will recieve 2 forms 1099-R for that calendar year. One will be created with a distribution code 2 (under age 59 1/2) one with a distribution code 7 (over age 59 1/2). All subsequent years your 1099R will be coded 7.
ALSO Please note, IRS ruling on Accidental Disibility Survivors Section 101 - Effective this year, you will not recieve a form 1099-R unless you had income tax withholdings. Your pension is now defined as NON TAXABLE.
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GROUP 4 MEMBERS - On June 21, 2013, the Contributory Retirement Appeals Board (CRAB) issued a decision on call firefighters which has an effect on the implementation of G.L.C. 32, § 4(2)(b) for current and future members. (section of MGL Ch 32 which pertains to reserve time for police officers and firefighters.)
Memo and applications will be mailed on 2/8/2014 - click here for a copy of what is being sent out
CITY HEALTH INSURANCE - (Excludes LHA & GLRVHS)
The city benefits office has informed us that the 2014 Open Enrollment for Health and Dental is from April 8 through May 7.
4/29/2014 - Seven (7) working days left to enroll or change your health insurance plan under GIC. See link below for more information.
City Benefits Department - 978 620-3065
GIC - 617 727-2310
RATE CHAGES FOR ALL UNITS OTHER THAN GLRVS WILL TAKE EFFECT IN YOUR JUNE 30TH PENSION CHECK (we will post 2014 Rates once we have them)
IMPORTANT HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION** If you are eligible to enroll in Medicare Part B, you must do so immediately. Any questions can be directed to the benefits department at 978 620-3065. If you do not enroll, the Group Insurance Commission may deny membership in their plan.
** There will be significant changes in the retirement laws for those who become members of a Retirement System on or after April 2, 2012.
** Please note: If you refund (withdraw) your account and return to service after April 2, 2012, you will fall under the new guidelines.
Below is a list of some of the changes. Click here for a link to an indepth list of more changes
- Increased minimum retirement age; (Group 1 cannot retire prior to attaining age 60)
- New age factors for calculating retirement allowances;
- The unavailablility of the G.L. c. 32, 10 Termination allowance;
- The applicability of G.L. c. 32 105 to elected officials;
- Five Year Average Annual Rate of Regular Compensation for calculating allowances rather than a three year average;
- Proration of benefits earned for service in different Group classifications;
- New contribution rates;
Perac Pension News 21 (helps break down phase II of Pension Reform)
Site updated 03/13/2015