What Every Employer Should Know

About the Retirement System

What Every Employer Should Know

The New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) administers two distinct systems — the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), established in 1921, and the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS), created in 1966. NYSLRS is one of the largest public retirement systems in the world.

The New York State Comptroller is the administrative head of NYSLRS.

The New York State Retirement and Social Security law (RSSL) establishes the benefits and the overall methodology used to make sure System assets are available to pay these benefits. NYSLRS administers benefits for more than one million retirees and members.

NYSLRS Employer Services staff are the primary contact between NYSLRS and nearly 3,000 participating employers. In addition to providing service to employers, Employer Services staff process monthly reports, member enrollments, plan adoptions and employer annual contributions. NYSLRS staff also provide employer educational seminars covering a variety of subjects for your benefit and for your reporting staff who work with NYSLRS.

When you have questions or need help, you can send your question using our help desk form, or call 866-805-0990 and press 1.


Rev. 1/22