Questions for LASERS? Many may be answered using the resources on this page, especially theMember’s Guide to Retirement. Or, you may email questions to AskLASERS. Alternatively, you may call us at 800.256.3000 (toll-free) or 225.922.0600 (local).
In this issue: 2020 Louisiana Legislative Session, introduction of new Board members, required minimum distribution (RMDs) age change, PREP workshop dates, LASERS outstanding employees, and important information for active and retired members.
Retirees and beneficiaries: Despite the COVID-19 situation, rest assured that payment of your monthly benefit is a top priority.
Hurricane Season is June 1 – November 30. Click the banner to view important resources on emergency preparedness.
Click here to read the highlights from LASERS recent presentation at RSEA meetings and watch our new video on hot topics for retirees.
Due to ongoing health concerns and public meetings, Empower Retirement seminars are being rescheduled as one-on-one virtual or telephone meetings.
Retirement Readiness is designed to help active LASERS members put the retirement puzzle pieces together. View our resources here.
Retiree approaching age 65? Check with Social Security and the Office of Group Benefits about Medicare options.
Did You Know?
Benefits for members who serve in hazardous duty positions were increased during the 2018 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session. Members in certain plans who are injured in the line of duty by an intentional act of violence will now receive a benefit of 100 percent of their final average compensation, based on Act 595.
Only 26% of state employees participate in the Louisiana Public Employees’ Deferred Comp Plan, so that means the other 74% are not taking advantage of a benefit that can make retirement more affordable. Watch our video to learn about the benefits of participating in Deferred Comp to supplement your LASERS retirement.
If you are a retiree with a beneficiary who passed away, you may be eligible to increase your monthly benefit. If the beneficiary you selected to pay a monthly benefit to predeceases you, you should complete Form 10-07, and submit that form to LASERS.
A member’s unused annual and sick leave is not calculated when the member enters DROP. It is calculated when the member terminates state service and LASERS finalizes his or her retirement benefit.
LASERS retirement eligibility rules DIFFER from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) retiree eligibility for insurance coverage. Please review information about OGB’s coverage for retirees on their website and contact OGB Customer Service at 1.800.272.8451 with any questions.