The federal House Ways & Means Committee met Wednesday, July 13, but consideration of H.R. 711, the "Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015" was postponed. The proposed legislation would repeal the current Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and put in a proportional formula that calculates benefits using a public servant's actual earnings.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) commented that over the past several days, it was evident that public servants were not in agreement over the legislation. Both he and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) remarked that the community needed to come together and that a bipartisan solution was necessary to move forward.
The WEP affects those LASERS retirees who have also worked in the private sector by reducing or eliminating their Social Security benefits. Keep in mind that your LASERS pension is NOT diminished by WEP, only Social Security benefits if applicable.
LASERS will continue to distribute information regarding the WEP and relevant legislation, but our knowledge of this federal law is limited. If you have specific questions on how you may be impacted by WEP, please contact the Social Security Administration for assistance. You may also contact RSEA, your advocates in the Louisiana Legislature and National Congress on issues relating to retirement and healthcare.