You become a participant in the Retirement Savings Plan on the first date your employer makes contributions to this Plan or on the date you are eligible to make voluntary contributions.
Retirement Savings Plan Overview
- You have your own account.
- Each payroll period, contributions are deposited to your account if negotiated by your employer and by your voluntary direction on a pre-tax and/or an after-tax basis.
- Your pre-tax contributions and total contributions are subject to separate annual dollar limits under federal law.
- You are always 100% vested in all contributions made to the Plan.
- You can choose how to invest monies in your account.
- Your account is available at termination of your employment, retirement or disability and your own pre-tax and after-tax savings are available for withdrawal in certain circumstances during your working life.
- If you die before you retire, your spouse or beneficiary will be paid your account balance.
- Benefits are paid according to the payment option you choose when you retire.
- If you work outside of Alaska, you may be able to send your contributions back to the Retirement Savings Plan by taking advantage of reciprocity.
How to Login to Your John Hancock Account
If you have an account in the Retirement Savings Plan, you can access your account information by creating a login and password on the John Hancock website.
In addition to reviewing your account details, you get access to a learning center, financial planning tools and other resources.
Visit myplan.johnhancock.com and click Register Now to set up your account for the first time.
If you have trouble logging in, you can contact a John Hancock service representative at (833) 388-6466 Mon – Fri, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM ET.
Types of Contributions
Three sources of contributions are possible under this Plan: employer contributions, employee voluntary pre-tax (401(k)) or after-tax contributions, and rollover contributions.
The terms of the collective bargaining agreement or special agreement you are working under govern the terms of your participation in the Plan and the types of contributions you can make.
If eligible, you may make voluntary contributions to the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP). The Plan offers the opportunity to make pre-tax (401(k)) and after-tax voluntary contributions.
Before electing to make voluntary contributions, confirm you are working under a collective bargaining agreement or special agreement that allows voluntary contributions, and what type of contributions you are eligible to make.
To make voluntary contributions, you must notify your employer in writing by completing the Voluntary Contributions Election Form and giving it to your employer.
Initiating a Distribution
Different rules apply to distributions of employer contributions, voluntary pre-tax contributions and voluntary after-tax contributions.
See the Retirement Savings Plan Summary Plan Description (RSP-SPD) for details on the payment of benefits and eligibility requirements for a distribution.
Login to Participant EDGE to download a Distribution Form or contact the Administrative Office at (907) 276-1246 or toll-free at 1-(800) 478-1246 or by email to request a Distribution Form be sent to you.
Note: when you submit the distribution request, you must also supply proof of your age and proof of marital status.
For proof of age, you can submit one of these original documents:
- Birth Certificate
Or two originals of the following:
- Naturalization Papers
- US Census report that is at least 10 years old
- Life insurance policies that are at least 10 years old
- US state-issued ID or driver’s license
- Recorded marriage certificate issued by a government entity
- Early school records
- Affidavit of birth issued by a government entity
- Social Security information
- U.S. Armed Forces Release (DD-214)
You also must provide proof of your marital status as a condition of benefit payment. Photocopies of the acceptable original or certified documents are as follows:
- Most recent recorded marriage certificate issued by a government entity; and
- Complete divorce decrees, including findings of fact and the property settlement agreement, if applicable.
Retirement Savings Reciprocity
Whether you work inside or outside of Alaska, you may be able to send your contributions back to the Alaska Electrical Retirement Savings Plan by taking advantage of reciprocity.
See the Retirement Savings Plan Summary Plan Description (RSP-SPD) for details. For steps on how to initiate reciprocity and sign up for the Electronic Reciprocal Transfer System (ERTS), visit the Reciprocity page.