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Spouse Tier Components - Slide 32

Spouse Tier Components
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Spouse Tier Components

  • TIER I
    • 50% of employee tier I
    • 45% of employee tier II
    • Not payable to divorced spouses 


Tier I
  • Reduced for age or early retirement if required.
  • Reduced for social security benefit or other railroad retirement annuity.
  • May be reduced by 2/3 of public pension based on own earnings. Generally doesn't apply if employment on which pension is based was covered under social security throughout last 60 months of public employment or if spouse eligible for pension before December 1982.
  • May be reduced if employee under age 65 receiving disability annuity and workers' compensation or public disability benefits.
  • Spouse not reduced in 60/30 disability cases when spouse annuity beginning date is January 1, 2002, or later.

Tier II

  • May be payable even if no tier I amount payable; for example, if spouse tier I reduced to zero due to social security or public pension entitlement.
  • Reduced for age if required.
  • Reduced if employee receiving vested dual benefit.

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Date posted: 08/07/2014
Date updated: 08/07/2014