What are the benefits to establishing reciprocity?
Benefits include:
- Lower contribution rates, which reflect your earliest entry age among reciprocal retirement systems
- Uniform vesting periods, which consider your earliest entry or membership date and the total service among reciprocal retirement systems
- Uniform salary assumptions, which consider your highest earnings period among reciprocal retirement systems

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1. What is reciprocity?
2. What are the benefits to establishing reciprocity?
3. What are the requirements for establishing reciprocity?
4. How do I establish reciprocity?
5. What Counties operate under County Employees Retirement Law of 1937?
6. Can I withdraw my contributions if I establish reciprocity at a later time?
7. What happens if I withdraw my contributions after I have established reciprocity?
8. Can I work for both systems at the same time and establish reciprocity?
9. Does MCERA notify the other system when I submit a retirement application?
10. Do I have to retire from both systems at the same time?
11. Does MCERA use all my time at both systems to determine my benefit amount?
12. What are my options for a disability allowance at MCERA if I have reciprocity?
13. Will my beneficiary receive a death benefit from both systems?
14. If I do establish reciprocity will I get reimburse for the period I was paying contributions at a higher entry age level?
15. If I never showed any interest to establish reciprocity in the past, but wish to do so now, can I?
16. Does my sick leave balance get converted into years of service if I terminate employment and establish reciprocity with another system and MCERA?
17. If I have established reciprocity and I need my contributions for a medical emergency may I withdraw my accumulated contributions at MCERA?