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Department of Employee Trust Funds
(Revised) December 20, 2016

When Are Payments Available
When the First of the Month Falls on a Weekend?

Under state law, monthly annuity payments are payable on the first day of the month. The chart below shows upcoming 2017 payments affected when the first falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday:

Payment Date Settlement Date
Sunday, January 1, 2017 Tuesday, January 3, 2017 *
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Monday, April 3, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017 Monday, October 2, 2017

* The New Year’s Day holiday is observed on Monday, January 2, so the first business day of the New Year will be Tuesday, January 3.

The following is a reminder about the availability of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) annuity payments when the first of the month falls on a weekend or holiday.

If your payment is an electronic Automated Clearing House (ACH) deposit: In general, you will have access to your funds on the first business day of each month. Federal rules provide that if the payment date falls on a weekend or holiday, the “settlement date” — the date a financial institution actually receives the money from the Federal Reserve — is the first business day.

There may be times when the first of the month falls on a weekend AND your financial institution already has your WRS payment in your account. That is because your financial institution has chosen to make the funds available to you, even though the Federal Reserve will not transfer the payment to your bank until the first business day. This is an individual decision made by each financial institution — some will not allow members to access these deposits until the funds are actually received from the Federal Reserve, while others allow it.

Similarly, some financial institutions do not process any electronic deposits on Saturdays. You should check with your financial institution regarding its policy for handling deposits of ACH payments that are dated on non-business days (i.e., weekend or holiday).

If your payment is a paper check: The Department of Administration prints the checks and delivers them to the post office on the last mailing day of the month. (Example: if the first falls on a Saturday, checks are delivered to the post office on Friday.) Your actual receipt date will depend on the speed of the mail delivery. If your annuity is currently paid by paper check, you should consider enrolling in the ACH program. You will never again have to check your mailbox on the first day of the month, wondering whether your check will really arrive that day. Even though there are times when ACH payments may be delayed by a day or two due to federal banking rules, ACH is by far the fastest, most secure way to receive your payments. Today, 99% of WRS annuitants are enrolled in ACH and enjoy the security of knowing where their money is on the first of the month. Call us at 1-877-533-5020 (toll free) to gain that same security for yourself!

 

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