The US (United States) Postal Service though has many employees, is one company that is concerned about its employees. Why? They set up a retirement plan portal, LiteBlue eRetire. This portal allows every USPS staff to plan for their retirement days. It also helps them to kick start their retirement journey on a safe and secure mode.
What can employees do with this portal? They can easily check out the available retirement plans, choose the best one as well as opt in anytime they want, or even out if they don’t want to continue with the services.
Now, once you retire, you qualify to view details of your post office retirement. Also, any employees who opt to retire earlier, can access the USPS early retirement details through the portal.
Do I qualify for these services? Thanks for asking. Well, eRetire is for all full-time employees. However, if you are not one of them, no need worry, you can still benefit from these services.
What can you do with LiteBlue eRetire option?
- Once you opt in, choose a date that fits you according to your age or depending on other preferences to be your date of retirement.
- Once in a while (as you wish) you can always check on the annuity estimates.
- Also, you can ask for the post office retirement form. You can decide to download the form for printing in case you need a hard copy or just send it to your email.
- Scheduling the counseling session and open session depending on your availability.
Many times, new employees will often ask if they are eligible for the eRetire benefits. Well, there are a couple of things that makes the USPS liteBlue employees eligible. A few rules, just as mentioned previously in this article, govern the eRetire portal. But first, let’s see the employees who qualify to access the benefits after their retirement.
Candidates for the Retirement Benefits
- An employee who has a retirement eligibility of five years.
- A staff that is within the retirement eligibility period of the 180 days.
- Anyone who is presently eligible for retirement.
On the other hand, the Non-Traditional Full-Time, postal inspectors, as well as the part-time employees, do not have to fret. Why?
They can access their plan by requesting for a manual estimate from the departmental heads in their respective departments. Within 14 days from the day of inquiry, the employee will receive the manual estimate through their email.
Now, each of these people we have discussed here above represents a particular group that works with the USPS. Now, we will take a closer look unto each of this group so that we get a deeper understanding of each one of them.
USPS Employee Retirement Criterions
An employee who has a retirement eligibility of five years
As long as you have an eligibility of five years you can check your estimates, and print them or send them to your email. This plan is based on the employee’s date of retirement. Alternatively, you can add six months or one year to that date.
A staff that is within the retirement eligibility period of the 180 days
As an employee under this USPS retirement plan, you should do your estimates by considering the next date of the new moth. Alternatively, you could count thirteen or seven months from the actual date of eligibility.
Anyone who is presently eligible for retirement
Employees in this criterion can view their USPS retirement plan in regard to that month by entering a custom date. Once you are comfortable with a particular retirement plan, you need to wait for its eligibility. On the other hand, as you wait, you can request that the details be sent to your email inbox.
However, at times, especially as a new or young USPS employee, you may not fully understand why you need these retirement services. No worries. You can schedule a session of retirement counseling that will help you know and clearly understand all the USPS retirements benefits.
Procedure of opting into the eRetire plan
To start enjoying the benefits of any USPS retirement plan, LiteBlue eRetire has an application form that willing employees need to fill. The good thing is that you can access the eRetire option of LiteBlue USPS gov portal from any browser. That includes chrome and Firefox browsers.
On the other hand, the portal is also compatible with Internet explorer Version 7.0, 8.0 and 11.0. Nevertheless, when using version 11.0 of Internet Explorer, you should enable the ‘Tools’ visible on the drop-down menu.
On the other hand, the portal is easy to use so that even new employees can login and access the details therein without experiencing any difficulties or needing assistant from another staff.
- Now, to see the form, simply access the LiteBlue USPS gov portal.
- Next, visit the eRetire option at https://liteblue.usps.gov/wps/portal.
- Your ID and password are a must have to login to the LiteBlue portal to access eRetire option
- Hover the mouse on the “My HR” tab option at the top, and click.
- On the new page that will load, you will see the “Employee App”.
- Once the list of the available apps appears, proceed by clicking on the “eRetire” option.
You can now be in position to see all the available retirement options and plans that are available. According to your preferences, select the best one for you to make your future secure and stress-free.
Just be before we end our article, we would like to remind you that the LiteBlue eRetire is only accessible by USPS employees. Further, it is good to remember that it is not all employees, but only those who are under the USPS retirement criterion as well as the full-time staff.
At times, after retiring, it is wisdom to verify if all your details are correct. That is why it is a good idea to download the W-2s, eOPF (electronic Official Personnel Folder), the USPS ePayroll statements, and any other details you want to confirm if they are correct.
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