Your position, occupation, and the duties you perform determine your group classification. The group classification applicable to your specific position at the time of retirement may be reviewed by the State Retirement Board for determination pursuant to its Group Classification Policy. Group classification can become important for a public employee seeking to retire, as an employee's classification may impact the formula used for calculation of a retirement allowance. Presently, state law requires retirement boards to classify an employee's position within one of the four Group Classifications provided within Massachusetts General Law c.32, §3(2)(g).
State positions fall within the following groups:
- Group 1 - Members are officials and general employees including clerical, administrative and technical workers, laborers, mechanics, and all others not otherwise classified.
- Group 2 - Members in this group include probation officers, court officers, certain correctional positions whose major duties require them to have the care, custody, instruction or supervision of prisoners, and certain positions who provide direct care, custody, instruction or supervision of persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities. Please note: You must complete an Application for Group Classification Form for each position you wish to be classified as Group 2 and then submit it to the Board for review and determination.
- Group 3 - Members are exclusively State Police officers.
- Group 4 - Members include certain public safety officers and officials, correction officers and certain other correction positions, and parole officers or parole supervisors. Please note: You must complete an Application for Group Classification Form for each position you wish to be classified as Group 4 and then submit it to the Board for review and determination.
The State Board of Retirement ("Board") undertakes a two step process to classify a member's position. First, when a member of the retirement system seeks to have his/her position classified in conjunction with their retirement, the Board will issue an Application for Group Classification to the member and employer for completion. The Application for Group Classification will indicate the member's current job title reflected in the Board's records.
The Application for Group Classification is intended to provide members with an opportunity to present information that he/she believes supports their group classification request, and which will assist the Board to make an informed decision. If the Board does not receive the information it will not be able to act upon a request.
After receipt of the completed Application for Group Classification, the Board undertakes the second step in the classification process by reviewing each request pursuant to its Group Classification Policy. Once The Board completes its review it will notify the member as to its decision.
If you have any questions, please contact the Board's Group Classifications Unit at (617) 367-7770. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.