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The Code of Virginia designates the positions eligible for hazardous duty benefits. Employees who are members of the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System (VaLORS) or the State Police Officers’ Retirement System (SPORS) are automatically covered. Certain political subdivision hazardous duty employees with enhanced benefits, who are members of VRS, may also be eligible if the employer has elected coverage.
Employees in positions covered with hazardous duty benefits are members of Plan 1 or Plan 2, based on their membership date, and are not eligible to participate in the Hybrid Retirement Plan.
Employees in positions covered with hazardous duty benefits may be eligible for an increased multiplier and/or the hazardous duty supplement upon retirement. For retirees who meet certain requirements, the hazardous duty supplement is a dollar amount added to the monthly retirement benefit. The supplement is not available for all hazardous duty positions.
The hazardous duty supplement is a dollar amount added to an eligible member’s monthly benefit. It begins at retirement and continues until normal retirement age under Social Security, or until age 65 for eligible VaLORS members. A member can defer retirement and still be eligible for the supplement. The supplement amount is evaluated by the VRS actuary every two years.