The FY 2019 supplemental budget as provided in Public Act 101-0007 includes appropriations for back wages associated with step increases and longevity pay for members of AFSCME. Once back wages are issued, SERS will begin the process of recalculating the benefits for those who were owed either steps or longevity pay. SERS staff must manually review the back wage records for thousands of benefit recipients in order to calculate the impact of the back wages on each benefit amount and to determine if a retroactive adjustment to the benefit is required. Please remember that SERS is still working on adjusting benefits from the back wages related to frozen pay increases from 2011-2012. This process will be significant and will take considerable time, which may be 3 years or more. SERS will also require assistance from the agencies issuing back pay to provide the necessary details to allow for the benefit adjustments. SERS will provide periodic updates on the website on the status of its progress related to this massive undertaking.