TRO still in place delaying Oct. 26 deadline

Today was the deadline set by the Legislature for school employees to make their decisions regarding what retirement options or retiree health benefits they want. So far, there’s been no decision from the Supreme Court, so the temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the ending of the election period remains in effect.

If you’ve already made your choices, the TRO allows you to change those elections while the election period remains open and gives you the opportunity to rescind or change them if PA 300 is found to be unconstitutional.

The Michigan Office of Retirement website has also changed its message to read, “The court has issued two temporary restraining orders. The practical effect of these orders is that the window remains open until the courts take action.”

Things could change quickly. Be prepared. First, make sure you have an miAccount number. Go to www.michigan.gov/ors to set up your account if you don’t already have one.

Keep connected to www.mea.org/retirement for the latest news and information.