ACERA’s participating employers have an integral role in securing their employees’ retirement benefits. Participating employers provide ACERA the employee demographic and payroll data that allows ACERA to calculate retirement benefits and run the retirement system. The employers also transmit the retirement contributions that ACERA invests in order to pay out retirement benefits.
Alameda County and member districts that participate in ACERA’s pension plan are referred to as “Participating Employers.” Their employees who work in retirement-eligible positions are members of ACERA and earn credit toward retirement and other benefits. ACERA’s participating employers are :
Employer contribution rates are set annually and typically vary from year-to-year. Employer contribution rates are recommended annually by the ACERA’s actuary in its Actuarial Valuation. Rates depend on the level of established benefits, rate of return on investments, and the cost of administering benefits.
It is possible for employees to return to work for an ACERA participating employer after retirement, but there are a number of restrictions. Please refer to the Working After Retirement page for an overview of the restrictions.
As an ACERA Participating Employer, it’s important for you to understand your organization’s role in managing and administering retirement, death, survivor, and disability benefits for your eligible employees. The Participating Employer Handbook is your resource. It includes information on:
Some of ACERA’s Participating Employers include hyperlinks (links) to ACERA’s forms from their websites. When including a hyperlink on your website, make sure you copy the address of webpage that contains the download link (copy it from your web browser’s address bar). Don’t click on the Download link and copy that address, which goes directly to the form PDF.
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