To set up an online account or sign up for services through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, visit the plan's official website. Add a new account and select your plan by following the registration link on the members page, according to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.
Employees have 180 days from their employment dates to sign up for one of three plans, explains the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. Employees can choose from the combined, member-directed or traditional pension plans. The provider offers an interactive Web seminar as well as a recorded video presentation to help employees select plans. You can also download a free plan selection workbook or call 866-673-7748 for additional assistance.
All public employees must sign up for a plan, including part-time, seasonal and temporary workers. Independent contractors are not eligible for the plans. Employees in law enforcement or public safety must contribute to the traditional plan, regardless of whether they already have investments in one of the other plans, states the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. Although in most cases employees cannot combine contributions from different plans, teachers can roll over their contributions in the Ohio’s State Teachers Retirement System or School Employees Retirement System into the traditional pension plan.