||Mandated Benefits: Social Security
||Date of Present Issue:||
||Date of Previous Issues:
01/79, 11/81, 01/87
All employees of the University, full-time or part-time (except for students
enrolled and attending classes), are enrolled in the Federal Government's Old
Age and Survivors' Insurance Program (OASI).
Social Security benefits include:
- Retirement income
- Death benefit
- Total disability protection
- Survivors' benefits, and
- Medicare - health insurance beginning at age 65.
Employee contributions are withheld through payroll deduction. The amount
of deduction is prescribed by law. The schedule of deductions is available
in the Office of Employee Relations. (i.e. On January 1, 1995, employee and
employer contributions were set at 7.65% of salary, up to $61,200 of earnings).
To qualify for full social security benefits, a retiree must have a prescribed
number of social security quarters of covered employment at retirement at age
65, or for reduced benefits at age 62. (The age for full benefits will rise
gradually to 67 in 2027 for those born in 1960 or later.) In 1995 and later,
a minimum equivalent to ten years, or forty quarters will be required in most
cases to receive Social Security retirement benefits.
Persons contemplating retirement or use of other benefits under social security,
should consult the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Social Security Administration. It is recommended that employees
considering retirement apply about three months before the expected retirement
date, or three months prior to the appropriate birthday for benefit eligibility.
Up-to-date information on Social Security may best be obtained at the local
Social Security Administration office, which handles human services of many
kinds. The Social Security Administration's toll-free phone number is 1-800-772-1213.
This number is in operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on business days. The least
busy times to call are from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.