APERS

Act 177 of 1957 created the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS). Initially created to provide retirement benefits to state employees, APERS has expanded to include benefits for county employees, municipal employees, college and university employees, non-teaching public school employees, and other non-state employees.

Although participation in APERS is mandatory, some agencies failed to implement the law. Thanks to the efforts of the lawyers at Law Offices of Gary Green, the Montgomery County Nursing Home employees will now receive retirement benefits in the form of a combination of 401(a) qualified plan retirement accounts and 457(b) retirement accounts with the employee contributions being paid into 457(b) accounts and the employer contributions being paid into 410(a) qualified plan retirement accounts.

Similarly, employees of the Woodruff County Health Center, Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, and Hudson Memorial Nursing Home are being represented by Law Offices of Gary Green in an attempt to have retirement benefits paid to them also.

This work is beyond our normal scope of practice, but we are very proud to be able to help these employees.

In the Montgomery County case Law Offices of Gary Green worked with local attorney Robin Smith, who pioneered the case and helped us marshal it through to the end.

In Woodruff County we are working with local attorney Ralph Myers, who has likewise done an excellent job working to help us marshal the case.

We look forward to working with other law firms to further develop these APERS cases. There probably are situations other than nursing homes in which county employees, municipal employees, college and university employees, non-teaching public school employees, and other non-state employees are not receiving mandated retirement benefits.

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