May 2021

May to do list Monthly Checklist

Print this handy checklist for submission deadlines and reminders.


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Plan information Plan information Legislative information you need to provide to employees Legislative information you
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Employee information you need to report to us Employee information you
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Remitting contributions Remitting contributions

Plan information

Union and association report

Coming soon—union and association report

Do you need to update union affiliation or bargaining information for employees who are plan members? The Invalid Union Affiliation and Bargaining Association Report lists your employees who are plan members in your organization with incorrect or missing union affiliation/bargaining association information.

If changes are necessary, the report will be posted to File Pick-up. You’ll receive an email letting you know the report is ready for you to review, update and return to us.

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Legislative information you <br />need to provide to employeesEmployee information you need to report to us

Do you have employees turning 71 this year?

Do you have employees turning 71 this year?

There are a few things you need to know about and do for an employee turning 71 this year.

Under the Income Tax Act, an employee must start receiving their pension no later than the end of the year they turn 71. This means if you have an employee who turns 71 this year, they must start collecting their pension no later than December 1. You must not collect contributions from your employee after November 30.

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Plan information

MPP plan design

Learn about plan changes

The plan partners and board have announced changes to the Municipal Pension Plan that go into effect January 1, 2022.

The changes are designed to

  • improve equity for your employees who are plan members,
  • align benefits with how employees use them,
  • maintain a strong foundation for the sustainability of the plan, and
  • stay within the current costs to run the plan.

The plan partners decided on the changes after engaging with employers, employees, unions and other stakeholders.

Changes to employer contribution rates were recently announced in the Upcoming plan changes will improve equity and long-term sustainability Employer Bulletin. You can also join a webinar about the changes.

Encourage your employees to learn about the changes on the plan website. They can click Plan changes for all the information they need.

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Plan information

Employer Council registration

Employer Council registration closes April 28

If you have yet to register for Employer Council, what are you waiting for? It’s one of the most exciting employer events of the year. We want to see you at Employer Council this May!

Whether you’ve attended in the past or it’s your first time:

  • Enjoy this virtual event from the comfort of your chosen location (save on travel time and expenses)
  • Connect and hear about the latest news from us
  • Take time to pause, have some fun and be informed:
    • Share ideas, feedback and common experiences—your voice is important to us
    • Discuss current issues and best practices
    • Hear what we are working on to support you

Council details

Choose the date that works for you:

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon; or
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration

  • Visit the secure employer website and register by Wednesday, April 28, through one of two links:
    • Promo box on the home page
    • Employer Council page
  • After you register for a session, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link

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Employee information you need to report to us

Submit employees’ termination or retirement info

Provide complete termination or retirement information upfront

The more information you submit through the Employee Information at Termination or Retirement (EITR) tool, the less we’ll need from you later when we are researching your employees’ files. Having complete information also ensures we make timely benefit payments to your employees.

Did you know your employees may apply for their pension in My Account? Encourage them to check out the Planning for retirement section of the plan website for more information.

Note: Remember to let us know the date within 14 days of an employee ending their employment, along with their salary and service information. We use this information for the end-of-employment statement, which the Pension Benefits Standards Act requires we provide to your employee within 60 days of ending employment.

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Paper-free communications

Paper-free communications for retiring employees

In April 2021, we started sending the Welcome to Retirement package digitally to retiring members who opted in to go paper-free. Members who opt in will receive an email notification with a link to our online retirement guide, Welcome to Retirement, after their first pension payment is processed.

Transaction statements and advice statements are also now available in My Account. Members who have opted in will receive an email notification when these important statements are ready online.

If you have employees who are preparing to retire, encourage them to opt in so they can receive their retirement documents sooner, online. Signing up for paper-free communications is easy. Employees who are already registered for My Account and have not yet opted in can sign in, confirm their contact information and select “yes” to go paper-free. Employees who have not yet registered for My Account can choose to opt in as part of their registration.

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