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Pension Reform

The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) provides that the new pension formula be offered to new members. The CSU’s understanding is that an employee who previously worked for a CalPERS covered employer would be considered a new member if the employee changes public employers and the separation between employers is greater than six months, unless the change of employment is between state entities or schools.

Wondering what is your retirement formula?

State Miscellaneous, Tier 1 Category:

  • CSU employees who were first employed by the State on or before January 14, 2011:
    • 2% at age 55 (minimum age of 50), using the highest average 12 consecutive month compensation rate.
  • CSU employees who were first employed by the State on or after January 15, 2011:
    • 2% at age 60 (minimum age of 50), using the highest average 36 consecutive month compensation rate.
  • CSU employees who became CalPERS members on or after January 1, 2013:
    • 2% at age 62 (minimum age of 62), using the highest average 36 month compensation rate, subject to cap*.

Most CSU employees who are members of CalPERS are in the "State Miscellaneous, First Tier" plan except for Police Officers (Unit 8) and Public Safety Managers (M80).

State Peace Officer:

  • CSU Public Safety Unit 8 employees who were first employed by the State on or before June 30, 2011, and who entered State employment on or after April 1, 1986:
    • 3% at age 50 (minimum of age 50), using the highest average 12 consecutive month compensation rate.
  • CSU Public Safety Unit 8 employees who were first employed by the State on or after July 1, 2011:
    • 2.5% at age 55 (minimum of age 50), using the highest average 36 consecutive month compensation rate.
  • CSU Public Safety Unit 8 employees who became CalPERS members on or after January 1, 2013:
    • 2.5% at age 57 (minimum age of 50), using the highest average 36 month compensation rate, subject to cap*.
  • CSU Public Safety MPP employees who were first employed by the State on or before January 14, 2011, and entered State employment on or after April 1, 1986:
    • 3% at age 50 (minimum of age 50), using the highest average 12 consecutive month compensation rate.
  • CSU Public Safety MPP employees who were first employed by the State on or after January 15, 2011:
    • 2.5% at age 55 (minimum of age 50), using the highest average 36 consecutive month compensation rate.
  • CSU Public Safety MPP employees who became CalPERS members on or after January 1, 2013:
    • 2.5% at age 57 (minimum age of 50), using the highest average 36 month compensation rate, subject to cap*.

*New cap on compensation that can be applied to benefit formula-limits amount of compensation used to calculate the retirement benefit equal to the Social Security wage index limit ($117,020 for 2015). This amount is adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Employees may find out more about these benefits by contacting Benefits Services or by visiting CalPERS online.

How much money is contributed to the PERS fund each month?

  • Employed prior to January 1, 2013: 5% of gross pay over a $513 exclusion allowance on a pre-tax basis.
  • New PERS member after January 1, 2013: 6% of gross pay over a $513 exclusion allowance on a pre-tax basis.
  • CSU Public Safety Unit 8 employees have an 8% contribution of their gross pay over a $238 exclusion allowance, which is currently paid by the CSU.
  • New CSU Public Safety Unit 8 PERS member after January 1, 2013 have an 10.5% contribution of their gross pay over a $238 exclusion allowance, which is currently paid by CSU.
  • CSU Public Safety MPP employees contribute 8% of their gross pay over a $238 exclusion allowance on a pre-tax basis.
  • New CSU Public Safety MPP PERS member after January 1, 2013 have a 10.5% contribution of their gross pay over a $238 exclusion allowance, which is currently paid by CSU.
  • The employer contributions are set annually by CalPERS.
  • The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) introduced changes to the employee/employer cost sharing of retirement contributions.  Effective July 1 , 2014, the CSU must discontinue payment of the CSU Public Safety Unit 8 portion of the monthly retirement contribution.  As a result, the employee portion of the monthly contribution will be deducted from the full gross salary and any other compensation considered pensionable (i.e. Post Stipends) starting July 2014 and thereafter.