The latest work-life information at IU
No. 53
May 2011

University Human Resources
Informed Employee

PERF Retirement Plan

The PERF Retirement Plan has two distinct benefit components. Both components of the plan are funded by IU.

Pension Benefit

At retirement, PERF calculates lifetime income that is paid to the participant on a monthly basis. To qualify for this benefit a participant must have at least 10 years of PERF service. PERF uses the following formula to calculate the pension benefit:

The average of the 5 highest salary years X years of PERF Service X 1.1% = Annual pension payment

Example of how the pension benefit is calculated
The five highest salary years for this example are:
  $25,000 $28,000 $30,000
  $35,000 $37,000  
  The average is $31,000.
Years of PERF Service (number of years working in PERF covered position) = 30 years
$31,000 x 30 x 1.1% = $10,230 per year
In this example the PERF pension benefit would pay a lifetime income of $852.50 per month ($10,230/12=$852.50).

Annuity Savings Account (ASA) Benefit

Three percent of wages are contributed to the ASA. At retirement the benefit is equal to: total contributions plus investment earnings.

Wages x 3% = contribution
Contribution + investment earnings = total ASA benefit

Contributions to the ASA are deposited into the investment choices made by the participant. There are eight investment options: Guaranteed Fund, Money Market Fund, Fixed Income Fund, Large Cap Equity Index Fund, Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund, International Equity Fund, Inflation-linked Fixed Income Fund, and Target Date Funds.

Annuity Savings Account Enhancement

In August 2010, enhancements were made to the ASA that allow participants to view updated values of accounts on a daily basis and requests for investment changes can be processed daily. (Prior to August 2010, updated values and changes to investments were done on a quarterly basis.)

For more information regarding the Pension and the ASA, contact PERF at 1-888-526-1687 or visit When calling PERF, a pension ID and passcode is required. If a participant does not know his/her pension ID and/or passcode, continue to hold on the line until a phone representative answers the call.



IU Supplemental Retirement Plans

Whether retirement is 30 years away or only a few years away, an employee can increase retirement benefits by participating in IU-sponsored supplemental retirement plans. Contributing even small amounts can help increase retirement savings. IU sponsors two supplemental plans: the IU Tax Deferred Account and the IU Retirement Savings Plan. These plans offer the following tax advantages:

To learn more about the benefits of participating and to determine eligibility, visit Contact one or both retirement vendors to learn more about investment options.

Fidelity Investments


Employees currently making contributions to one or both of these plans can change the amount they contribute by visiting OneStart and following the instructions below. Employees who would like to set up an IU-sponsored supplemental account should visit the Benefits Change Connection at

  1. Log into OneStart at
  2. Click the Services tab, then choose Employee Center.
  3. Under Benefits Information choose Edit.
  4. Select the plan: Tax Deferred Account or IU Retirement Savings Plan.
  5. To change the amount of salary deferral:
    • Click Edit and change the percentage. Enter any percentage from 0% to 100%; the minimum contribution is $200 per year.
    • Click I agree and then Save.
  6. An email will be sent to the employee's IU email address confirming the changes.



2011 Holidays for Staff Employees

Staff employees in positions with 50 percent FTE or greater receive the following nine paid holidays a year. Each holiday is considered to be eight hours for full-time Staff and is prorated by FTE for part-time Staff.
Holiday Date
New Year's Day Saturday, January 1 (observed Friday, December 31, 2010)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 17
Campus Holiday See below*
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24
Friday after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25
Christmas Day Sunday, December 25 (observe Monday, December 26)

*Accrues on March 1 of each year. The Campus Holiday is either a "floating" holiday or a day designated by the president of the University or the chancellor of the campus. On campuses that treat the holiday as a floating holiday, Campus Holiday is available to use on or after March 1.





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