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   Public Act 94-1111 Layoff Information   

Senate Bill 36
Public Act 94-1111

On February 27, 2007, Governor Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 36 (Public Act 94-1111) into law which affects SERS members:

Allows an employee who was laid off from state employment
but returned under circumstances where the employee is
considered to be in continuous service for purposes of determining
seniority to establish creditable service for the period of the layoff.

Any employee who was laid-off from their position but returned to state employment may establish service credit for the period of the layoff provided that:

  • The employee applies for the service credit within six months of the enacted law (8-27-07).

  • The applicant does not receive credit under any other provision of this Code.
  • At the time of the layoff, the applicant was not in an initial probationary status under the rules of the Department of Central Management Services
  • The total amount of service credit does not exceed three years.

The cost to purchase this time is based on the salary rate of the employee on the date when (s)he returned to employment. An employee can participate by paying the required employee and employer contributions, plus interest calculated from the date of returning to employment to the date of payment. These contributions must be paid in full before retirement either in a lump sum or in installment payments.

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