Mandatory Membership vs. Voluntary Membership
Membership in NYCERS is mandatory for all employees who are appointed and have completed six months in a permanent position in the competitive or labor class. Permanent employees may voluntarily join NYCERS during the first six months of employment. If they do not voluntarily join, membership will automatically be established after six months have lapsed.
Non-permanent employees are free to join NYCERS; they will not be forced in after six months. As long as such employees are on the payroll of their employer and file a membership application with NYCERS, membership can be established.
For City employees who wish to apply for NYCERS membership. You may also nominate a beneficiary for a death benefit payable if you die while in City service.
For Tier 1 and Tier 2 members who wish to apply for NYCERS membership. You may also nominate a beneficiary for a death benefit payable if you die while in City service.
Besides the obvious benefit of collecting a pension when you retire, your NYCERS membership provides disability protection, survivor benefits, the ability to borrow against your contributions, and more.