If an employee becomes disabled and is no longer able to perform his/her job, and the disability is likely to be permanent, he/she may be eligible for Occupational Disability benefits from TMRS. There is no minimal length of service or age required to be eligible. An Occupational Disability benefit is calculated like a Service Retirement benefit, based on a member’s deposits and interest, the city’s matching funds, and other credits, and is payable beginning on the last day of the month following the effective retirement date, assuming the disability is approved by the TMRS Medical Board. For an Occupational Disability Retirement, the cause of the disability does not need to be job-related. However, the TMRS Medical Board must find that:
If the member meets these criteria do the following:
To initiate the process, an authorized City Contact should complete an Application for Occupational Disability Retirement with the member. The city should also complete the City Statement for Occupational Disability. A copy of the employee’s official job description should be attached to the completed form. The completed/certified form and attached job description should then be used by the member and the physician(s) to complete the Member’s Statement for Occupational Disability and the Physician’s Statement for Occupational Disability. Once all forms are completed and certified, forward the forms and job description to TMRS for review by the TMRS Medical Board.
If the application for Occupational Disability Retirement is approved by the TMRS Medical Board, TMRS will also require the following forms before issuing the first payment:
If the Medical Board approves the Occupational Disability Retirement, the member will receive a monthly benefit. While receiving benefits, the member may pursue other employment, but the monthly benefit may be affected if the retirement benefits plus income earned exceeds the salary received while an active TMRS member. TMRS may request that the retiree provide information regarding any income earned each year until the member reaches age 60.
If a member is eligible for service retirement and becomes disabled, he/she should consider applying for service retirement rather than Occupational Disability. The benefits at TMRS are equal, and service retirement places no restriction on earnings.