Earlier this year, OACB members received notice from county auditors that boards of DD are forbidden from compensating 9- or 10-month employees on a 12-month basis. A potential legislative remedy for this issue has been included in HB 413, which was introduced late Thursday to make modifications to annual cost of living adjustments for OPERS recipients. The bill could make county board of DD employees exempt to the OPERS changes mentioned above.
Because the bill was introduced late in the business day and tomorrow (Friday, November 10) is a state holiday, OACB does not anticipate seeing the full bill language until early next week. We will share the bill details with members as soon as we receive them.
The announcement of the OPERS change raised many concerns among board personnel and business staff regarding contributions to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). To resolve this issue, OACB set out to determine A) the number of county board of DD employees that would be affected by this change statewide and B) the options for minimizing strain on boards of DD and their employees.
With members’ assistance, OACB learned that approximately 1,300 board employees will be affected by this change. While the association initially investigated the feasibility of switching these employees from OPERS to the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS), another solution emerged from discussions with OPERS and members of the Ohio General Assembly.
Members with questions about this topic should contact Bridget Gargan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 614-431-0616.
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