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 (see below)
Summer Hours effective June 1st - 7:00-3:00 Mon-Thurs, Fridays 7:00 - 12:00
(If a later appt. is needed, please call to make arrangements)
** Please NOTE: Our office will be closed for the Spring MACRS training TBA
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
NOTICE OF ELECTION
TO: ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS AND RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF THE
LAWRENCE RETIREMENT SYSTEM
SUBJECT: ELECTION OF FIRST MEMBER OF THE LAWRENCE
DATE: March 28 th , 2016
There will be an election for the First Elected Member of the LAWRENCE RETIREMENT BOARD. In order to be eligible for candidacy or vote in the election, you must be either an active or retired member of the Lawrence Retirement System.
If interested, Nomination papers are available beginning March 28 th , 2016 at the Retirement Office located at 354 MERRIMACK STREET – ENTRY C, LAWRENCE. Anyone wishing to run for the upcoming board member position must return the nomination papers containing signatures and addresses of at least twenty (20) Active members or retirees of the Lawrence Retirement System. Nomination papers must be returned prior to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 th , 2016.
The election will be conducted by mail. Ballots will be mailed once candidates are determined and must be returned to the Retirement Office, BY MAIL ONLY, prior to the last mail delivery on Monday, June 27 th , 2016.
Tabulation of Ballots will be conducted Tuesday, June 28 th , 2016 in the Retirement Office, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Retiree 1099-R's - Please note if you became age 59 1/2 during 2015
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 were mailed on 2/8/2014 - click here for a copy of what was being sent out
CITY HEALTH INSURANCE - (Excludes LHA & GLRVHS)
GIC Benefits Decesion Guide - click for link
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, 2016 PENSION CHECK
Group Insurance Commission has posted new rates to take effect 7/1/2016 (This will be withheld in your June 2016 pension check). The group insurance website is the best resourse for updates on your health insurance. Health insurance is a City of Lawrence Benefit. Although we try to update our website frequently, as a courtesy to our retirees, we may not have the most up to date insurance information. As always, please feel free to contact our office directly with any questions you may have.
Click here for a link to the GIC website for Rate Changes (listed under LAWRENCE)
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 are 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 3/28/2016