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Who should my beneficiary contact on the event of my passing?

Your beneficiary, family or funeral home should contact the Retirement Systems at 313-224-3362, extension 239 to report the death of the member.

Posted in: Active Employees, Retired Members

Can I still receive a lump sum distribution of a percentage of my accrued sick leave when I retire, even if it is after June 30, 2014?

YES. Your eligibility for a lump-sum distribution of a portion of your unused accrued sick leave at retirement is not affected by the June 30, 2014 freeze of GRS. The lump sum payment amount you will receive will vary depending on whether you make a rollover election or you receive full payment of your frozen sick leave bank. See Q&A 3 for more information about the special sick leave election.

Posted in: Active Employees

What happens to my accrued or “banked” sick leave after June 30, 2014?

Your unused, sick leave banks (which may have been frozen in 2012 or 2013) will not be affected by the June 30, 2014 freeze of GRS. If you currently have the right to make an election to have 25% of the unused accrued frozen sick leave that you are eligible to receive in cash when you retire applied to increase the Average Final Compensation used to calculate your accrued benefit under GRS, you will have a special election to have 25% of the value of the unused frozen sick leave that would be payable to you if you retired as of June 30, 2014 applied to increase the Average Final Compensation used to calculate your frozen accrued benefit. You may know this as the “rollover” amount. See Q&A 3 for more information about the special sick leave election.

Posted in: Active Employees

If I chose a joint and survivor allowance option, is my beneficiary entitled to fringe benefits?

Spouses receiving Joint and Survivor Allowances are entitled to fringe benefits (Hospitalization, Dental and Eye Care) that the employee received.

Posted in: Active Employees

When I begin my service retirement, what happens to the fringe benefits I currently receive under the employee benefit plan?

Hospitalization and Medical Insurance

Please be patient, we are in the process of updating information.

Death Benefit Plan

If a retiree has a minimum of ten years of service, at a cost of $1.08 per year, the retiree may choose to be insured for $1,860. This benefit is increased by $93 for each year of service, in excess of ten (10) years. The Death Benefit Plan is administered by the Trustees of the Employees Benefit Plan.

Life Insurance

Upon retirement, you may arrange to convert your group term life insurance policy to a regular individual policy. The current carrier of group term coverage for City employees is the MetLife Insurance Company.

Dental Program

Retiree and spouse are eligible for dental coverage. Current carriers are Blue Cross and Golden Dental.

Optical Program

Retiree and spouse are eligible for an optical program currently administered by Heritage Optical.

Posted in: Active Employees, Retired Members

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Active Employees married to a City of Detroit Retiree are now eligible to enroll their spouse for health care coverage effective January 1, 2017

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