- The position the employee holds is permanent, not seasonal or temporary; and
- The position the employee holds requires at least 1,000 hours work per year (12 months after date of employment); and
- The monthly salary of the employee must at least equal the hourly rate of minimum wage for state employees or the minimum wage established by the local government agency.
Employees who meet all three requirements above are eligible for membership. With limited exceptions, membership is a condition of employment and is thus mandatory for all employees who meet the eligibility requirements. The age of an employee is not a factor in determining eligibility for membership. Members of OPERS whose hours worked and/or salary earned falls below eligibility levels after they have established eligibility in OPERS remain eligible for participation and must continue to participate.