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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Webinars & Seminars for Members

The New Jersey Division of Pensions & Benefits provides seminars and webinars of interest to members at all stages of their careers. Topics include Retirement Planning, PERS/TPAF Retirement Estimates, PERS/TPAF Pension Options, Submitting an MBOS Retirement Application, and Understanding your Pension Benefits.

Select a topic from the list below, then select the appropriate link to open the registration page.

Space is limited. Register today!

All webinars and seminars are hosted by GoToMeeting.

For inclement weather cancellations, call 609-292-6649.

Whether you are a new hire or have been a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) or the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) for a while, this class will give you a basic understanding of your pension benefits. Topics covered are enrollment criteria, membership tiers, the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS), beneficiary designation, group life insurance coverage, purchasing service credit, pension loans, retirement formulas and types, and withdrawing. This webinar is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes long and includes a Q&A period. Note: This webinar is not designed for members who are planning to retire.

Register for this webinar based on your employer type:

  • State Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a N.J. State department, State agency, State Institution, or a N.J. State College/University).
  • Local Government Employees (PERS members employed by a city, county, township, municipality, or authority).
  • Local Education Employees (PERS and TPAF members employed by a board of education, charter school, or a community/county college).

This seminar is exclusively about the Defined Contribution Retirement Program (DCRP). The session provides information about DCRP eligibility, contributions rates, investment funds that are available within the DCRP, the Goalmaker investment allocation tool, withdrawals, and the overall rules of the plan. We also take a look at Prudential’s DCRP website and how to process all changes such as adding a beneficiary and processing a withdrawal online. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes in duration and conclude with a Q&A period.

Retirement Planning seminars and webinars take a step-by-step approach to the retirement process and explain what happens after you submit your application. We explain your benefits, survivor options, group life insurance, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of your pension. There is also a brief discussion about the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) or the School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP). The classroom session is approximately 3 hours in duration. The webinar is 1 ½ - 2 hours in duration. Both sessions include a Q&A period.

The sessions listed below are for members of the PERS and TPAF.

The Division also offers an Online Guide to Retirement.

Note: Members applying for Ordinary Disability or Accidental Disability retirement should schedule an individual appointment for Disability Retirement counseling.

Retirement Planning seminars and webinars take a step-by-step approach to the retirement process and explain what happens after you submit your application. We explain your benefits, survivor options, group life insurance, loan repayment provisions, and the taxability of your pension. There is also a brief discussion about the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). The classroom session is approximately 3 hours in duration. The webinar is 1 ½ - 2 hours in duration. Both sessions include a Q&A period.

The sessions listed below are for members of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS).

The Division also offers an Online Guide to Retirement.

Note: Members applying for Ordinary Disability or Accidental Disability retirement should schedule an individual appointment for Disability Retirement counseling.

When planning for retirement, you should obtain an estimate of retirement benefits. This webinar is designed to show PERS and TPAF members how to do a retirement estimate using the Member Benefits Online System (MBOS) and the website Long-Range Calculator. We will produce a sample estimate with pension payment options available to PERS and TPAF members. This webinar is approximately 15-20 minutes in duration and is followed by a brief Q&A period.

This webinar explains the various pension options for PERS and TPAF members that add financial flexibility when there is a need to provide for others after your death. The options are described in detail so that you can make an informed choice on this very important decision. We will discuss the different options that are available, who can be named as a beneficiary, the effect each option has on your own monthly benefit, and other important advantages and limitations to consider. This webinar is approximately 20 minutes long and is followed by a brief Q&A period.

By attending this webinar, PERS and TPAF members can be prepared with the information and answers they will need when they submit their retirement application. The presentation reviews sample applications for regular retirement (Service, Early, Veteran, or Deferred) and Disability Retirement (Ordinary Disability and Accidental Disability). It also includes step-by-step instruction on how to access the application on MBOS and offers a handy retirement-planning worksheet. The webinar is approximately 20 minutes long and is followed by a brief Q&A period

By attending this webinar, PFRS members can be prepared with the answers and information they will need when they submit their retirement application. The presentation reviews sample applications for regular retirement (Service, Special, or Deferred) and Disability Retirement (Ordinary Disability and Accidental Disability). It also includes step-by-step instruction on how to access the application on MBOS and offers a handy retirement-planning worksheet. The webinar is approximately 20-25 minutes in duration and includes a Q&A period.

Social Security Benefits seminars are designed to complement our Planning for Retirement seminars. Sessions are presented by Richard Parrett, Prudential retirement counselor for the New Jersey State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan.

When it comes to retirement planning, what you don’t know about Social Security could hurt you. Learning all you can about your future Social Security benefits today can give you a more financially secure tomorrow. Topics covered include your eligibility for Social Security benefits, how the Social Security Administration calculates your benefits, maximization strategies that can help you get the most out of your Social Security benefits, spousal benefits and Valuable tips for incorporating what you’ve learned about your future Social Security benefits. The seminar is approximately 45 minutes in duration and includes a Q&A period.

Videos

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Last Updated: Friday, 10/25/19