New! We have revised the ERS Handbook! Please click the link to the right for the new Plan Guide.
The Employees’ Retirement System
(ERS) was established and began administering retirement benefits for State of
Georgia employees on January 1, 1950, as provided by laws enacted through the
Georgia General Assembly.Laws governing ERS provide for service
retirements, death and disability benefits, or refunds of contributions and
interest to members who leave State employment. Employee and employer
contributions are paid into the retirement fund for the welfare of members and
their beneficiaries. All benefits are paid from this fund.An independent
actuarial firm that specializes in pension and retirement plans examines the
fund every year. The actuarial firm prepares an annual valuation on the ability
of the fund to meet future obligations, and every five years performs an
actuarial experience study. The System is also examined annually by an
independent accounting firm.
ERS Plan contains 3 different benefit structures in which an employee could be a member:
As of January 1, 2009, GSEPS is the current benefit structure in which all eligible new hires become members.Full-time employees of participating departments and agencies are required to become members of ERS as a condition of employment. (Full-time employment status is defined as thirty-five (35) hours per week for a minimum of nine months a year.) For more details around the different structures and membership requirements, please see our