Some special retirement plans require service in a particular title. A special plan allows for retirement after 20 or 25 years of service, regardless of age. If an employee is considering a promotion to a civilian or administrative position, or considering a job change that would result in a change in their retirement plan, we strongly recommend any employees in this situation contact us before accepting the new position to be sure they understand the consequences to their NYSLRS membership
For example, ERS sheriff or correction officer service is generally not creditable in PFRS special plans. Members of PFRS should be made aware that a civilian or administrative job change may affect their eligibility to continue in a PFRS 20- or 25-year plan.
If a PFRS member accepts employment in a title or position that is not creditable toward their 20- or 25-year retirement plan but makes them eligible to join ERS under a regular retirement plan, they can join ERS and transfer their membership and service credit from PFRS into ERS.