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History of Compulsory Membership

The following criteria was used to determine compulsory membership between 1937 and June 30, 1991. The membership criteria currently in effect began July 1, 1991.

September 1, 1937 through June 30, 1955: employment was more than three consecutive months; and, the yearly compensation was $500 or more.

July 1, 1955 through June 30, 1965: employment was more than four months after the date of the first employment; and, the employee was not a student in the employing school.

July 1, 1965 through February 28, 1967: any non-certificated employment in the schools, temporary or permanent; and, the employee was not a student in the employing school.

March 1, 1967 through January 6, 1972: employment was more than 59 working days in any fiscal year; and, the employee was not a full-time student in any educational institution. Also, any employment after February 28, 1967, membership would be compulsory if the employee later established membership.

January 7, 1972 through June 30, 1977: employment was more than 59 working days in any fiscal year; and, the employee was not a student.

July 1, 1977 to January 1, 1986: any non-certificated employment in the schools, temporary or permanent; and, the employee was not a student.

January 1, 1986 to March 1, 1989: any non-certificated employment in the schools, temporary or permanent; and, the employee was not:

  • A student, game official, ticket taker, or other person who provided services at or for school sponsored student activities, if the employee was not already a member
  • An auxiliary or off-duty police who provided security at or for school sponsored activities
  • A person who taught community education classes on a temporary basis, if the employee was not already a SERS member

March 1, 1989 to June 30, 1991: any non-certificated employment in the schools, temporary or permanent with the same exclusions as noted directly above, and the employee was not a  noncertificated individual who was hired on and after March 1, 1989, as a coach or student activity advisor who was not already a SERS member.

July 1, 1991 to Present: Current membership criteria.