Greetings from LSERS'

Welcome to the December Edition of LSERS Employer eNews. This issue includes important information on USERRA and the ongoing transition to Empower Retirement. I encourage you to contact our knowledgeable staff to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas,

Charles P. Bujol

Retirement Rights for Military Reservists

Per Uniformed Service Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. Section 4318, any LSERS member called for active duty in the uniformed services has the right to maintain retirement benefits.

Members who are called to active military duty may:
  • Use paid leave during the military duty absence. Both employee and employer contributions to LSERS must be reported.Service credit will count toward retirement eligibility and benefit computation.
  • Be placed on leave without pay (LWOP) during the military duty absence and submit employee contributions to the employer. The employer must report and remit both employee and employer contributions to LSERS. Service credit will count toward retirement eligibility and benefit computation.
  • Be placed on LWOP during the military duty absence and choose not to submit employee contributions to the employer. Service credit will count only toward retirement eligibility.

Please provide active duty members start and end dates to Tracy Gaudet at or 225.925.6484.

For members, who chose not to submit employee contributions during the military duty absence, may purchase service for computation later with certain criteria.

If you have any questions on USERRA service credit purchase, please contact Mandy Schof at or 225.925.7036.

Update of DROP/IBRP LA Plan Transition with Empower Retirement

Following up on the introduction of Empower Retirement in the last month eNews, we would like to highlight several important points and updates for your reference:

We thank you for your assistance during this transition.You may continue contacting LSERS’ office for any questions/concerns at or 1.800.256.3718, Option 6.

Payment Stubs in the Mail and Online

All retirees receiving benefits through direct deposit will soon receive their annual December payment stubs through the mail.  All calendar year payment stubs can be accessed and printed online at via member or employer login > Personal Information > Payment History. If you are assisting a retiree in your office, please remind them of the online access option. Questions?  We invite you to email  or call 1.800.256.3718.

Survey Request!

A big thanks to those of you who responded to our previous request.  In hopes that we have more participation in the survey, and if you did not previously response, we are asking again for just a moment of your time to complete a very short survey regarding furnishing your employees whom are LSERS’ members with an email address.  Click this survey link to complete.
Holiday Office ClosuresOur office will be closed on the following:

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day

And, as always, we appreciate and welcome any and all comments, as this helps
us identify ways to make improvements for you and provide better service to our
members and employers. Feel free to provide feedback and suggestions using
the LSERS Satisfaction Survey on our "Contact Us" page on the LSERS website.

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