ERS Fall 2015 Employer Newsletter

EmployerNewsletterFall2015pdf (1)-1The Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia Fall 2015 Employer Newsletter featured topics include:

  • Forfeited Leave – see how ERSGA has streamlined the process that allows qualifying ERS members to convert forfeited leave and unused sick leave to pension service at the time of retirement.
  • GASB 67 & 68 Updates – get the latest on accounting and actuarial reporting cycles and the schedule for compliance seminars
  • Rehired Retirees – reporting independent contractors’ hours to the Plan
  • WRAP – ERSGA Workshops for Retirement Application Processing (WRAP) offers complimentary sessions on maximizing social security income
  • Other Topics- Peach State Reserves integrated pension and 401(k) and 457 plan statements, outstanding employer invoices update, refund applications for terminated members, and an upcoming Peach State Reserves change

For more information about the Employee’s Retirement System of Georgia, visit their website at



DFCS needs your help this Christmas

Secret SantaLet’s demonstrate how we can rally to help a sister agency serve their small customers!

The Division of Family and Children Services needs our help to make Christmas special for foster children throughout Georgia. Currently, Santa will be short on his visits to over 6,700 children in 124 counties by Christmas morning. There are currently 11,656 children, ages 0-21, in foster care. The goal is to fill as many wish lists as possible.

How can you help? There are a few ways:

  • Contact DFCS to sponsor children: Based on the number of children that you would like to shop for, they will supply a list containing their first name, age, sex, race and county of residence.
  • Agency Toy Drive: Collect toys from staff. DFCS will match toys with the children’s wish lists.
  • Monetary Donation (by check or website): Check can be mailed to the DFCS office (2 Peachtree Street, Suite 19-472, Atlanta, 30303) made payable to: DHS Secret Santa, or you can go online and donate via PayPal.

You can click on Secret Santa Program for more information! That’s it! Someone will wrap and deliver the toy on your behalf on Christmas morning.

Thank you for helping to make the holiday season bright for kids in foster care!

Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Holiday travel safety2Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? As we begin the busiest travel season of the year, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services’ Risk Management Division offers some simple tips to help make your drive to spend time with family and friends a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.

  • Check behind vehicles before moving
  • Maintain a safe distance between vehicles
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good repair
  • Reduce speed, especially during inclement weather
  • If you drink, don’t drive
  • Always use safety belts and child safety seats
  • Plan your trip – Give yourself plenty of time and schedule rest stops and activities for small children
  • Leave an itinerary with a friend so that someone will know where you are
  • Keep your cell phone charged
  • Don’t overload your vehicle or obstruct your view with luggage and/or packages
  • Avoid eating heavy meals right before driving, as this can lead to sleepiness
  • Get a good night’s sleep before traveling

In case you encounter inclement weather, carry an emergency kit that contains:

  • First-aid supplies
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Flares
  • A shovel
  • Quick-energy foods, nutrition bars, or dried fruits and nuts and water
  • Sand, salt or cat litter for traction