Active Members

For a summary of benefits for members hired on or after April 2, 2012 click on the link below:

Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Guide for Public Employees Who Became Members on or After April 2, 2012

For a summary of benefits for members hired prior to April 2, 2012 click on the link below:

Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Guide for Public Employees Who Became Members prior to April 2, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions...



Q. Am I eligible to become a member of the Framingham Retirement System?

A.  If you are employed by the Town of Framingham on a permanent basis, holding a position which requires you to work a minimum of 20 hours per year, you are eligible to become a member of the Framingham Contributory Retirement System.

Q. Am I required to become a member of the Framingham Retirement System? 

A.  According to the Massachusetts Retirement Law (Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws), you must become a member of the system if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Q. How much am I required to contribute?

A. You are required to contribute a set percentage of your salary and an additional 2% on any salary over 30,000 through regular payroll deductions.  Your contribution rate is established by the Massachusetts Retirement Law and is determined by the date on which you first became eligible for membership in a Massachusetts contributory retirement system and from which you continuously maintained your funds on account:

If the date on which you became a member of a Massachusetts is:
                   
                     Your rate is:

                    -Before January 1, 1975.....................................................5%
                    -January 1, 1975 through December 31, 1983 ..................7%
                    -January 1, 1984 through June 30, 1996............................8%
                    -July 1, 1996 or After...........................................................9%

Whether you are subject to the 2% over $30,000 deduction is determined by your membership date. If the date on which you became a member of the Massachusetts contributory retirement system and from which you continuously maintain your funds on account is:

                       If you were hired:

                      -Before January 1, 1979............................NOT subject to 2%
                      -On or after January 1, 1979.....................Subject to 2%



Q. What happens to my contributions?

A. The retirement office establishes and maintains an individual annuity savings account in your name for your retirement.  At the end of every calendar year, you will receive a statement showing the balance of your contributions accumulated interest so you know how much you have in your account.

Q. What type of retirement plan is this?

A. Your pension plan is considered a defined benefit plan that operates as a qualified employer plan under section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.  As a defined benefit plan, your retirement allowance is calculated using 1) your years of credible service, 2) your age at retirement and 3) your highest average salary for 36 consecutive months.  Your retirement allowance is not solely based on your contributions to the system.

Q. Will I have access to the funds in my annuity savings account?

A.  No. The funds must remain in your account with the system until your retire, die, or become an inactive member who is eligible to receive a refund of the money.

Q. When will I be vested in a retirement allowance? 

A.  You will be vested to receive a retirement allowance when you:
               
                -Have at least 10 years of creditable service