Teachers' Fund for Retirement Employers

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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

Employer responsibilities include identifying employees eligible for TFFR, reporting eligible salary and collecting and paying member and employer contributions. Accurate and timely reporting of salary and service hours is very important. Retirement plan member benefits are calculated on the information provided by TFFR employers. Please use the Employer Guide for detailed information regarding TFFR employer reporting. TFFR staff are always available to assist employers and we encourage Business Managers to attend TFFR employer training offered several times a year.

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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Upcoming EventsView All Events

Virtual Individual Retirement Sessions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 10:00 am - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 07:00 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teacher's Fund For Retirement (TFFR) is happy to offer Virtual Individual Retirement Sessions.

Individual Retirement Sessions are designed for those planning to retire with TFFR within the next two years. The session will cover your individual benefit estimate and TFFR account information. The session will focus on the process for completing your TFFR retirement application and the expected timeline for retirement.

All sessions will be conducted virtually through a Microsoft Teams meeting. Attendees will receive a link to join the meeting through email approximately 2-3 days before the scheduled session.

Please click the Book Appointment link for days and times that are available. 

Book an appointment with ND Teachers' Fund For Retirement


Devils Lake Group Benefits Counseling

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


New Town Group Benefits Counseling

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Central Cass Group Benefits Counseling

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Grafton Group Benefits Counseling

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Valley City Group Benefits Counseling

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Belcourt Group Benefits Counseling

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Watford City Group Benefits Counseling

Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Statewide Group Benefits Counseling

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Categories: TFFR Outreach Programs

Teachers’ Fund For Retirement (TFFR) members considering retirement in the next 1-2 years are invited to participate in a 60-minute virtual group retirement education session with a TFFR specialist. We are offering several sessions for specific school districts and two statewide sessions. These sessions will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.


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Recent NewsView All News

October 2021 TFFR Employer Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TFFR Employer Reporting FAQs regarding COVID-19


January 2020 TFFR Employer Newsletter

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

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

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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