Should you become totally and permanently disabled, you may be eligible to receive disability retirement benefits. The FRS actuary reports that about 4% of all FRS members (and 7% of Special Risk Class) will separate from employment due to disability.
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There are two types of disability retirement benefits: in-line-of-duty and regular disability. To qualify for either kind of benefit, you must be totally and permanently disabled and unable to work.
Your minimum in-line-of-duty disability benefit will be 42% of your Average Final Compensation under Payment Option 1 (or 65% if you're in the Special Risk Class). Your benefit will be based on your actual years of creditable service multiplied by your percentage value for regular retirement benefits if it is higher than the 42% or 65% minimum.
Your minimum regular disability benefit will be 25% of your Average Final Compensation under Payment Option 1. Your benefit will be based on your actual years of creditable service multiplied by your percentage value for regular retirement benefits if it is higher than the 25% minimum.
Investment Plan disability provisions are the same as those in the Pension Plan. If you want to and are eligible to retire because of a disability, your retirement plan membership will be transferred to the Pension Plan. You will receive benefits under the provisions of that Plan. Your Investment Plan account balance will be transferred to the Pension Plan Trust Fund to help fund your disability benefit.
If you recover from your disability, you will be returned to the Investment Plan and any funds available in your previous Investment Plan account balance minus the benefits received will be transferred as your opening account balance in the Investment Plan.