2021 Retirement Incentive: Prepare for Retirement

Following the submission of the 2021 Retirement Incentive Election Form, you and the university will begin preparing for your retirement, which will be effective June 30, 2021.

The preparation process includes:

Finalize Participant Agreement and Release.

To participate in the 2021 Retirement Incentive, employees will sign a formal Participation Agreement and Release that provides the gross lump sum payment amount, covers the terms of the program, and releases the university from legal claims.

Participant Agreement and Release

Human Resources will coordinate directly with participating employees to review and complete the Participation Agreement and Release. Sample agreements are provided below:

Incentive Payment

Participating employees receive a lump sum payment that includes:

  • Amount equivalent to one year of base compensation, and
  • A healthcare bridge payment (for those between ages 62 and 65) that can be used to purchase health insurance. 
    This payment will be determined using the 2021 PEBB retiree healthcare plan, employee only coverage, monthly rate of $878.61 multiplied by the number of months remaining to become Medicare eligible at age 65. Those age 65 and over at the time of retirement are not eligible for the healthcare bridge payment.
Example:

Employee Information

One year salary: $80,000

Age 62 and 6 months
30 months to Medicare eligibility at age 65

Compensation-Based Payment
(gross amount)

$80,000

Healthcare-Based Payment
(gross amount)

$878.61 times 30 months = $26,343

Total Incentive Payment
(gross lump sum amount)

$80,000 + $26,343 = $106,343

Important Considerations:

Incentive Payment

  • Employee will receive payment issued by the university’s payroll department in July 2021 after employment ends.
  • Payments will be capped at $250,000.
  • Income taxes will be withheld from the lump sum payment at the federal supplemental tax rate in effect at the time of payment (currently 22% for 2020) and the Oregon supplemental rate in effect at the time of payment (currently 8% for 2020).
  • Employment taxes (Social Security and Medicare taxes) apply and will be withheld from the lump sum payment.

Benefits

  • No additional contributions will be made to retirement accounts based on the lump sum payment.
  • University health insurance coverage ends on July 31, 2021*.
  • Employees who elect to retire under this program will be entitled to university services available to retired employees and for represented faculty per the United Academics collective bargaining agreement, Article 30.
  • Faculty may also be entitled to emeritus status pursuant to UO policy.

*Law School faculty whose contract ends on May 15, 2021 will have a double insurance premium deduction taken from their May 2021 paycheck in order to continue their university health insurance through July 31, 2021.

Apply for retirement benefits.

PERS Member

  • Review your estimate.
  • Review PERS Pre-Retirement Guide for your plan: Tier One/Two or OPSRP.
  • Complete retirement application and forms for your plan: Tier One/Two or OPSRP.
  • Submit PERS Retirement application and forms to PERS after April 1, 2021. PERS must receive your paperwork no later than June 30, 2021 for a July 1, 2021 retirement date.

Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) Member

Contact your account representative to complete necessary paperwork.

Enroll in healthcare plan.

University health insurance coverage ends on July 31, 2021 based on the retirement date of June 30, 2021. You will need to enroll in retiree healthcare before July 31, 2021, for August 1, 2021 effective date.

Program participants between the ages of 62-65 will receive a payment to assist with bridging the cost of health insurance to Medicare coverage at age 65. Refer to the retirement healthcare options webpage for more information about your options.

Contact UO Benefits Office at retirementincentive@uoregon.edu with questions or for assistance with completing your retirement paperwork.

Work with unit on transition plan.

Unit leadership and supervisors will be notified by Human Resources when an employee elects to participate in the 2021 Retirement Incentive Program. You are encouraged to reach out to your supervisor and begin collaborating on a transition plan for your retirement effective June 30, 2021.

Please work with your supervisor to plan your use of vacation to avoid losing accrued hours. A maximum of 180 accrued vacation hours will be paid upon separation. 


Forms

Retirement Benefits

PERS Tier One & Tier Two Packet

Required forms:

Additional forms that may be required:

Instructional video: How to complete your application

 

PERS OPSRP Packet

Required Forms

Additional forms that may be required:

Health Insurance Forms

PERS Health Insurance: Enrollment Request Form

PEBB Retiree Insurance: