The MERS in-house Legal Department provides legal support to the Retirement System and the Board. The Legal Department does not provide legal advice to members or benefit recipients.
The legal staff actively monitors state and federal laws, ensuring that the MERS plans are in compliance with applicable federal and state law. In addition, MERS actively maintains its qualified status as a 401(a) plan with the Internal Revenue Service. MERS is required to follow Michigan state law and prudent standards of diligence, and we’re dedicated to maintaining strict oversight and management to meet those requirements.
- Administrative Procedures Act (APA), 1969 PA 306
- Eligible Domestic Relations Order Act (EDRO), 1991 PA 46
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442
- Municipal Employees Retirement Act (MERA), 1984 PA 427
- Open Meetings Act (OMA), 1976 PA 267
- Public Employee Retirement Benefits Forfeiture Act (PERBFA), 1994 PA 350
- Public Employee Retirement System Investment Act (PERSIA), 1965 PA 314
- Reciprocal Retirement Act (Act 88), 1961 PA 88