Active Military Reservists

for IMRF Employers
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IMRF and United States Military Reservists

If you employ a reservist in the United States military, he or she will be interested in knowing what benefits are available through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund if they are ordered to active duty.

What If A Member Is Ordered To Active Duty?

If an IMRF member is also a member of the National Guard or of the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Reserve, he or she may be unexpectedly called to active duty. As part of the member’s "family readiness plan," it is important that the member take time to learn how his or her active duty will impact the member’s IMRF benefits and how the member can protect those benefits.

IMRF recommends the member read more about actions the member can take to protect his or her IMRF benefits while on active duty.

Why Has the Member Been Called To Active Duty?

Whether or not a member’s IMRF benefits remain in force depends on several factors. How the member is being called to active duty and why the member is being called are both important. A member can be called to active duty in one of several ways:

  1. By order of the President
  2. As part of the member’s monthly/annual reservist commitment
  3. The member is a school district employee called to active duty in an emergency
  4. For any other reason

Order Of The President

All IMRF members (EXCEPT school district employees), the employer is required to continue to pay the member’s salary. This salary continuation includes health insurance and any other benefits the member was receiving when called to active duty. Because the employer will continue paying the member and reporting the member’s wages to IMRF, the member continues to earn IMRF service credit and IMRF disability and death benefit coverage continues.

One Weekend Per Month Or Two Weeks Per Year Commitment

Because the employer will continue paying the member and reporting the member’s wages to IMRF, the member continues to earn IMRF service credit and IMRF disability and death benefit coverage continues.

However, if the member will be on leave for longer than 60 days for special or advanced training and the employer does not continue the salary, the member can continue earning service credit and continue IMRF disability and death benefit coverage by applying for an IMRF benefit protection leave. If the employer approves the request for an IMRF benefit protection leave, its governing body must certify the request.

School District Employee Called To Active Duty in an Emergency

The school district is required to continue paying the member’s salary. This salary continuation includes health insurance and any other benefits the member was receiving when called to active duty. Because the employer will continue paying the member and reporting the member’s wages to IMRF, the member continues to earn IMRF service credit and IMRF disability and death benefit coverage continues.

Member Does Not Fit Into Any of the Categories Identified Above

If the member’s call to active duty circumstances do not require the employer to continue the member’s salary, the member can continue earning service credit and continue IMRF disability and death benefit coverage by applying for an IMRF Benefit Protection Leave. If the employer approves the request for an IMRF benefit protection leave, its governing body must certify the request.