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eUPDATES for Employers

Calamity Days May Affect June Retirements

April 26, 2018

Extreme weather this past winter caused many school closings. If your district is required to or chooses to make up calamity days by extending teacher workdays into June, members planning to retire effective June 1 may be affected.

These retiring members have several options:

  1. They can work in June and retire July 1, or
  2. Not work in June, give up salary payments and contributions to STRS Ohio for the days not worked, and still retire effective June 1; or
  3. Not work in June, give up salary payments for the days not worked, but complete contributions on those days by purchasing calamity days.

Purchasing calamity days allows members to complete contributions on their full contract and still retire effective June 1. Members can purchase calamity days by remitting member contributions on the salary they would have earned had they worked the extra days.

The process of purchasing calamity days is the same as purchasing a current absence or leave during the year in which the absence occurred. There are two ways to report this to STRS Ohio:

  • The employer can report and remit the member contributions for the calamity days with any fiscal year payroll report submitted before the member's retirement effective date; or
  • The member can make a check payable to STRS Ohio for the member contributions for the calamity days and have the employer forward it with a letter explaining the payment. The letter should include the member's name, last four digits of the member's Social Security number and a calculation of the member contributions.

By Ohio law, employers are responsible for remitting the corresponding employer contributions when members purchase calamity days. Employers must also remember to include all contributions they remit directly to STRS Ohio for the purchase of calamity days in deposit and service reports and their annual report.

If you have any questions, please call STRS Ohio toll-free at 888‑535‑4050. You can also review the calamity days fact sheet for more information.

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