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Retiring Under WTA

You may be eligible to retire under WTA if you meet the following criteria:

You can choose from the following options:

If you participate in an optional retirement plan, defer your retirement or retire on disability, you are not eligible for the WTA enhanced retirement credit.

WTA Cash Severance Benefit and Retirement in Lieu of the Enhanced Retirement Credit

If you qualify for unreduced or reduced retirement at the time of your layoff, you may elect to take the WTA cash severance benefit and retire from covered employment in lieu of the enhanced retirement credit. You will be covered for health and life insurance for up to 12 months from your layoff date.

You may retire at any time after your layoff date. To retain your eligibility for state retiree health insurance coverage, you must apply for retirement within 12 months of your layoff date.

When you retire, your life insurance coverage will change to retiree coverage.

WTA Retirement Credit in Lieu of the Cash Severance Benefit

If you choose this option, the total value of your WTA severance payments, health insurance and group life insurance will be converted to credit toward your eligibility for an unreduced or reduced retirement benefit. If the addition of the WTA retirement credit does not qualify you for retirement, you will be eligible for the WTA cash severance benefit only and no retirement.

The WTA retirement credit will be added to your age or service credit, or split between your age and service credit, whichever will result in a higher benefit. If you are eligible for an unreduced retirement at the time of your layoff, the WTA retirement credit will be added to your service credit only.

If you are a member of SPORS or VaLORS, the WTA retirement credit will count toward eligibility for the hazardous duty supplement. You need at least 20 years of hazardous duty service credit to qualify for the supplement. If you are a VaLORS member who is eligible for the 2 percent multiplier in lieu of the hazardous duty supplement, any WTA retirement credit applied to your service credit will count toward hazardous duty service.

The WTA retirement credit does not count toward:

Retirement Eligibility Requirements

Note: If you were not working in a covered position on June 30 and July 1, 2002, you must be credited with at least five years of service credit while covered under SPORS, VaLORS or an eligible local hazardous duty position to retire under these enhanced provisions.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

You are eligible for a COLA effective July 1 following one full calendar year (January 1–December 31) from the effective date of your service retirement.

Applying for WTA Retirement

Your employer will complete the Employer Certification of Involuntary Separation Under Workforce Transition Act (VRS–11) and submit it to VRS with your Application for Service Retirement (VRS–5) and other forms and documents required to apply for retirement.

Working after Retirement

If you choose to work after retirement.

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