Employer News Blog

News and notes for NHRS employers

This page contains items in the current employer newsletter, along with timely items from prior newsletters.(Sometimes, you might even find some items slated for upcoming newsletters that we want to share early.)

Reporting Corrected Wages

Jun 25, 2019
The integrity of the data NHRS receives from its employers is crucial to our ability to effectively administer retirement benefits.
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Make Sure Your Key Contacts are on Our Email List

Jun 24, 2019
NHRS regularly sends out news, notices, and reminders to our participating employers via email. This information is intended for any/all of these work areas: Finance, Payroll/Accounts Payable, HR/Personnel, and Administration.
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Getting Ready for Retirement

Jun 24, 2019
NHRS has created a page filled with resources and information for members approaching retirement.
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'NHRS 101' Online Presentation

Mar 21, 2019
NHRS has posted a narrated PowerPoint presentation, “NHRS 101,” which is intended to serve as a broad, factual overview of the retirement system.
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Zix Email Encryption

Sep 25, 2018
NHRS reminds employers of a Zix email encryption portal for sending secure emails.
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Validating XML files

Mar 02, 2018
NHRS makes available to participating employers an XML Schema Verification Application that allows employers who submit monthly wage and contribution data for active members via an XML file to test whether their file is valid before uploading it. By using the XML Schema Verification Application to verify a file before uploading it to the DRS, employers can address issues with the file proactively, saving themselves time by eliminating the need for multiple phone calls and emails to resolve any issues.
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Reporting Compensation Over Base Pay

Mar 17, 2017
During the course of recent employer compliance audits, it was discovered that some employers are still not using the Compensation Over Base field when reporting member compensation through the NHRS Data Reporting System (DRS). Effective January 1, 2012, employers have been required to report certain compensation in the Compensation Over Base field.
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Additional Guidance Regarding Extra and Special Duty Pay

Mar 10, 2017
NHRS has posted a revised version of Interpretive Memorandum 2013-3 regarding Extra and Special Duty Pay (ESDP).
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Proudly Displaying Our Mission

Dec 16, 2016
This fall, NHRS re-vamped its Mission, Vision and Values statement. The core commitments didn’t change, but the new version is more concise, memorable, and forward-focused. A poster-size copy signed by the entire staff is now hanging in our reception area.
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Shared and Loaned Employees

Aug 15, 2016
NHRS is aware of an increase in situations where participating employers are using shared or loaned employees. Fiscal and workforce challenges have caused some employers to seek innovative solutions to their staffing needs. This includes the utilization of one person to provide services to two or more employers. These arrangements may be structured in several ways and NHRS is still evaluating what, if any, impact this may have with respect to NHRS administration on such matters as enrollment, participation, creditable service, and “earnable compensation.” In the meantime, we strongly encourage participating employers to call NHRS for guidance when contemplating the implementation of such arrangements as any impact regarding NHRS administration is “fact specific” on a case-by-case basis.
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NHRS Provides Guidance on Treatment of Salary Continuance Payments

Jul 19, 2016
NHRS has released a new Interpretive Memorandum providing guidance on how Service Credit is awarded and Earnable Compensation is calculated for members who receive compensation under an employer-sponsored salary continuance plan.
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Guidance Available on Earnable Compensation

Dec 30, 2015
As the New Hampshire Retirement System engages in employer audits, we continuously identify situations where payroll reported to NHRS includes compensation elements which are not considered “earnable compensation” under 100-A:1, XVII. This can have significant repercussions to you as an employer, your employees, and your retirees.
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