STRS Ohio | STRS Ohio Update for Reporting Employers — Employer Education

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STRS Ohio Update for Reporting Employers

Employer Education

Posted: May 2016 · Print Copy

ESS Tutorials Provide Instant Instructions

Do you need assistance completing reports in ESS but can’t wait until our ESS training in November? The instructions you need are just a click away.

Online tutorials provide a demonstration on completing the most common ESS reports, including the accrued verification report, backposting adjustment, payroll adjustment, estimated annual payroll, new hire notification, reemployed retiree notification and service credit verification report. To view these brief videos, visit the Tutorials page.

Live Webinars Offer Convenient, Timely Training

We now offer live webinars on a variety of topics throughout the year to help you fulfill STRS Ohio reporting requirements.

In January, the Employer Reporting Education team hosted multiple webinars about employer pickup plans and retirement reporting. A total of 276 employer representatives attended these free programs. Of those attending, approximately 78% completed the online evaluation at the end of the webinars. One hundred percent of respondents on these evaluations indicated the content and presenter were excellent or good.

If you were unable to participate in these live webinars, you can view on-demand versions of Understanding Employer Pickup and Preparing Deposit and Service Reports. These presentations may be helpful as you review your pickup plans for the new fiscal year and prepare for summer retirements.

An on-demand version of Making Direct Debit Payments Through ESS is also available.

Additional live webinars will be offered on topics including the effect of calamity days on summer retirements, an overview of employer responsibilities and preparing for midyear retirements. You will receive an email when registration is available.

Upcoming Education Opportunities

The following education programs are currently scheduled. You will receive an email from STRS Ohio Employer Education when registration is available.


Workshops (K–12)

Exceeding the Fundamentals
This workshop for experienced personnel focuses on topics beyond everyday STRS Ohio reporting requirements. Topics include the service retirement process, survivor and disability benefits, retiree health care coverage and final average salary limitations. Registration has ended. No additional registrations can be accepted.

  • June 14 — Lima
  • June 15 — Canton
  • June 22 — Columbus

Reporting the Basics (Part 1)
This workshop focuses on fall reporting processes including membership, compensation, employer pickup and payroll reporting. It is recommended for new personnel or those needing a refresher. Registration begins July 11.

  • Sept. 13 — West Chester
  • Sept. 14 — Findlay
  • Sept. 20 — Mentor
  • Sept. 21 — Canton
  • Sept. 22 — Athens
  • Sept. 28 — Columbus

ESS Training

This training offers personalized assistance to help you navigate our Employer Self Service (ESS) online reporting system. Participants review in-depth ESS instructions for most functions and complete hands-on practice exercises online during class. These half-day sessions are held at STRS Ohio. Registration begins Oct. 10.

  • Nov. 2
  • Nov. 8
  • Nov. 10

Live Webinars

How Calamity Days Affect Summer Retirements
Registration is open. To register, click on one of the dates below:

Overview of Employer Responsibilities
Registration begins June 20.

  • July 12
  • July 20
  • July 28

Preparing for Midyear Retirements
Registration begins Nov. 14.

  • Dec. 6
  • Dec. 15

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