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NYS Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

Employer Reporting Basics

Who Can Join?

Any employee receiving salary from a participating employer may join the Retirement System. Regardless of whether an individual is full or part-time, seasonal or permanent, temporary or provisional, if the individual is an employee, he or she can become a member. To join, an employee must complete either the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) Membership Registration form or the Police and Fire Membership Application and the employer must register that employee with us. Please note: Individuals who are engaged as independent contractors are never eligible for membership.