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TFFR Employer Page

 

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Welcome TFFR Employers! As a TFFR employer you play a vital role in the successful operation of the retirement program for ND educators. This site contains materials to assist you in timely and accurate employer reporting of member salaries, contributions and service hours. Please use the Employer Guide as reference tool and the Basic Reporting Webcast may also be helpful for new business managers.

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Employer Reporting

Public schools and state institutions are required by law to identify employees eligible for TFFR's pension program, report their salaries, and collect and pay the member and employer contributions. 

  • To be eligible, employees must be licensed by the ESPB and under contract or a written agreement. 
  • Refer to TFFR's Employer Guide for information on reportable salaries and the program's current member and employer contribution rates. 
Employing a TFFR Retiree

Retired TFFR members may return to TFFR covered employment under certain employment limitations. The limits apply to TFFR covered employment which includes teaching, supervisory and administrative duties in a ND public school or state institution covered by TFFR. Please see the Working After Retirement brochure for details about hiring a retired TFFR member.

Once a school district employs a retiree, both the retiree and the employer must notify TFFR by completing a TFFR Retired Member Employment Notification form within 30 days of employment. This form, along with a copy of the retiree's contract or employment agreement, must be submitted to the administrative office each year the retiree is employed.

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Last Chance to Preview TFFR's New Employer Reporting System

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Categories: TFFR Employer Outreach

The Retirement and Investment Office will launch the Teachers’ Fund for Retirement’s new Pension Administration System in October 2024. If you haven’t participated in a prior demo, be sure to sit in on this webinar to learn how employer reporting will be impacted.

  • Start time is Central Time.

Virtual TFFR Employer Info Mixer - Year End

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Categories: TFFR Employer Outreach

Please join us for the April Teachers' Fund for Retirement Info Mixer. TFFR staff wants to provide you with more frequent opportunities to receive information about TFFR procedures.

  • These sessions will be 45 minutes followed by Q&A - bring your questions!
  • TFFR Info Mixers will be offered during the school year and will cover a variety of TFFR topics (to help learn something new or as a refresher).   
  • Start time is Central Time.

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TFFR earns two pension awards

Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 09:00 am

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

The TFFR pension program has earned the 2023 Public Pension Standards Awards for Plan Funding and for Plan Administration from the Public Pension Coordinating Council.

 


RIO recognized for financial reporting

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News, SIB News

RIO has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.


Public Hearing for Administrative Rules

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 04:35 pm

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

The ND Retirement and Investment Office (RIO), on behalf of the Teachers’ Fund for Retirement, will hold a public hearing on Oct. 27, 2023, at 9:00 a.m., CT, at NDRIO located at 1600 E. Century Avenue, Suite 3, Bismarck, ND 58507, to amend, create and repeal existing administrative code.

 


Evanoff appointed to Teachers’ Fund for Retirement board

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Scott Evanoff of Minot to the Teachers’ Fund for Retirement (TFFR) board of trustees. The seven-member board is responsible for administration of TFFR’s pension program.


Teachers’ Fund For Retirement board selects new actuary

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

North Dakota Teachers’ Fund For Retirement Board of Trustees has selected Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company as its new pension fund actuary.


Retirement Specialists Unavailable from Oct. 21st thru the 26th

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 08:20 am

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

There will be no walk-in services, phone calls, or email access with TFFR Retirement Specialists Friday, October 21st through Wednesday, October 26th. Staff will do their best to respond promptly upon their return on Thursday, October 27th.  Thank you for your patience while they are out of the office for required training in order to provide superior customer service.


RIO Press Release - Deputy Executive Director/Chief Retirement Officer Position Filled

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 11:00 am

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News, SIB News

The North Dakota State Retirement and Investment Office is pleased to announce that the position of Deputy Executive Director/Chief Retirement Officer has been filled. After an extensive candidate recruitment, the agency offered the position of Deputy Executive Director/Chief Retirement Officer to Chad Roberts. Mr. Roberts began in his new role on July 11th, 2022. 

Read the full Press Release


June 2022 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The June 2022 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding Year-end Employer Payment and Reports, Fiscal Year-End Checklist, PAS Project, Employer Contribution Rates for 2022-23, and TFFR Retirement Education Workshop in July.


RIO Press Release - Chief Investment Officer Position Filled

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 03:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News, SIB News

The North Dakota State Investment Board is pleased to announce that the position of Chief Investment Officer has been filled.  At its meeting on December 15, 2021, the State Investment Board offered the position of Chief Investment Officer at the North Dakota Retirement & Investment Office (RIO) to Scott Anderson.  Mr. Anderson is scheduled to begin his new role the week of January 17, 2022.

Read the full Press Release 


RIO Press Release - Executive Director Position Filled

Monday, November 22, 2021 at 04:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News, SIB News

The North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office (RIO) announced today that the Executive Director position has been filled.

Official Press Release


October 2021 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:00 am

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The October 2021 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding Member Reporting Requirements, Workshops for Business Managers, In-Staff Subbing by RE-Employed Retirees Policy Suspension and Links for TFFR Forms.


TFFR Board Press Release

Friday, June 18, 2021 at 03:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

BISMARCK, ND – The Teachers' Fund for Retirement (TFFR) Board of Trustees met yesterday to review and discuss TFFR Fund policy initiatives, and recognize Mr. Hunter, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer for the North Dakota Retirement and Investment office (RIO). Mr. Hunter has served in his position since 2013 and recently announced his resignation from RIO. TFFR is a client Fund of the State Investment Board (SIB), and the TFFR Program is also administered by the RIO agency.

Read the full Press Release 


May 2021 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The May 2021 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding Year-end Employer Payment and Reports, Fiscal Year-End Reminders, PAS Project, Employer Contribution Rates for 2021-22 and TFFR Retirement Education Workshop in July.


RIO Press Release - Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer Resignation

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 04:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News, SIB News

The North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office (RIO) announced today that Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer David Hunter is resigning his position effective June 22, 2021.

Official Press Release


Full Notice Of Intent to Amend Administrative Rules

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 09:00 am

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News

TAKE NOTICE that the North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office on behalf of the Teachers’ Fund For Retirement Board will hold a public hearing to address proposed amendments to N.D. Admin. Code 82-05-01-02, 82-05-04-02, and 82-05-04-04 at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3442 East Century Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58507. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to implement state statutes and federal law relating to the Teachers’ Fund For Retirement program requirements. The proposed amendments address the following: 
In N.D.A.C. 82-05-01-02, the amendment expands the list of documents accepted by the program as proof of age to include REAL ID; 
In N.D.A.C. 82-05-04-02, the amendment updates the actuarial factors, such as the interest rate, and member and beneficiary mortality tables used by the program to calculate optional payment forms; In N.D.A.C. 82-05-04-04, the amendment updates the actuarial factors, such as the interest rate and salary increase rate used by the program to calculate purchase of service. 
The proposed amendments are not expected to have an impact on the regulated community in excess of $50,000. 
The proposed rules may be reviewed at the office of the North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office at 3442 East Century Avenue, P.O. Box 7100, Bismarck, ND, 58507-7100. A copy of the proposed rules and/or a regulatory analysis may be requested by writing the above address, e-mailing rio@nd.gov, or calling 701-328-9885. Written or oral comments on the proposed rules sent to the above address or telephone number and received by Wednesday, March 24, 2021, will be fully considered. 
If you plan to attend the public hearing and will need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, or would like to attend the hearing virtually, please contact the North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office at the above telephone number or address at least one day prior to the public hearing.   

Click here to view the Full Notice 

Click here to view Proposed Rules


January 2021 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The January 2021 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding Employer Payment and Reports, In-Staff Subbing by Reemployed Retires Policy Suspension, GASB 68 information and Submitting TFFR Forms By Secure Link.


TFFR Employer Reporting FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Funding

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Categories: TFFR Employer News

As school districts continue to face challenges during the current pandemic, many of you have questions related to TFFR reporting and the COVID-19 funding that was made available to schools. Click here for a list of questions received by the Retirement and Investment Office related to these issues, and our response. 


August 2020 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Friday, August 28, 2020

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The August 2020 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding new member reporting requirements, TFFR forms and Salary Verification Reporting.


April 2020 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The April 2020 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding COVID-19, Fiscal Year-End Reminder Checklist and Reporting Hourly Wages for June-July.


Important Office Information Regarding COVID-19

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Categories: TFFR Member News, TFFR Employer News, SIB News

ATTENTION: Visiting Our Office

Due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and Governor Burgum’s executive order, the ND Retirement and Investment Office (RIO) is closed to public visitors until further notice.


Teachers’ Fund for Retirement (TFFR) and State Investment Board (SIB) client services remain fully functional, but will primarily be delivered by electronic means. Our staff is transitioning to working remotely to avoid disruptions for TFFR members and SIB clients. We will continue to administer critical retirement and investment program operations, claims processing, and retiree payroll functions.


Please contact us by phone (1.800.952.2970 or 701.328.9885) or email us at rio@nd.gov. Thank you for your patience and support. Stay safe!

Top 5 Things to know about TFFR regarding COVID-19

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January 2020 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The January 2020 Briefly is now available. Please review the information regarding GASB 68 information, Retiree Reemployment Guidance and TFFR Staffing Updates.


October 2019 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The October 2019 Briefly is now available.  Please review the information regarding TFFR Forms, Employer Reporting Reviews and Employer Audit Information.


August 2019 TFFR Employer Newsletter

Monday, August 19, 2019 at 05:09 pm

Categories: TFFR Employer News

The August 2019 Briefly is now available.  Please review the information regarding Member Reporting Requirements, Employer Reporting Reviews and Employer Audit Information.

 


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