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Human Resources and Organizational Services
Jill Abel, Interim Human Resources Director
915 8th. St., Suite 113, Marysville, CA 95901
(530)749-7860 Fax: (530)749-7864
Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Open during Lunch)

California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) Information

PEPRA became law on January 1, 2013. This guide will provide a brief overview of the pension changes and the specific benefits our PERS members receive.


PEPRA Applicability
PEPRA applies to all "New Members" of CalPERS. A New Member is a new hire brought into CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in or reciprocity with any California Public Retirement system. A New Member also includes previous CalPERS members who are rehired by a different CalPERS employer after a break in service of greater than six months.


If you previously worked for Yuba County and were a member of CalPERS, you will not be considered a New Member, regardless of the length of your break in service. However, if you were an extra-help employee or part-time (less than 20 hours/week) employee, and you have never been a member of CalPERS, you will be considered a New Member if you are enrolled in CalPERS on or after January 1, 2013. 


PEPRA will not apply to Extra-Help employees who are not CalPERS members. PEPRA, for the most part, does not apply to current CalPERS members, who are referred to as "Classic Members." Classic Members receive the pension benefits that were in place on December 31, 2012.


Human Resources will help you determine if you are a New or Classic Member.

PEPRA Basics   
Classic Members fall under the retirement formulas of 2% at 55 for Miscellaneous and 2% at 50 for Safety. Final compensation is based on the highest year. Classic members will continue to pay the current retirement contribution rate as set by law, currently 7% for Miscellaneous and 9% for Safety.


New Members fall under the new retirement formulas of 2% at 62 for Miscellaneous and 2.7% at 57 for Safety. The final compensation is based on a 3-year highest average. Some categories of compensation will not be considered "pensionable" and will not be included in the final pension calculations. Additionally, pensionable compensation will be capped at 120% of the Social Security rate and adjusted annually for inflation. New members are required to pay 50% of the "normal cost" retirement contribution rate as determined by CalPERS annually, which may be higher than the rates paid by current CalPERS members.


After January 1, 2013, neither Classic Members nor New Members can purchase Additional Service Credit (air time). Felony Convictions will result in a forfeiture of pension benefits.


Individual Impact by Union Membership
DSA/MSA members currently receive Employer Paid Membership Contributions (EPMC). Under PEPRA New Members of these associations will only receive EPMC until June 30, 2014, when they will no longer be eligible to receive this benefit. Classic Members will continue to receive EPMC unless otherwise negotiated.


YCEA, YCPPO, DDAA, Confidential and Unrepresented members do not receive EPMC. Therefore, there is no impact.


Benefit Comparison at a Glance


Benefit Classic Member New Member (1/1/2013)
Retirement Formula 2% at 55 - Miscellaneous
2% at 50 - Safety
2% at 62 - Miscellaneous
2.7% at 57 - Safety
Final Compensation Single year Three-year period
Employer Paid Member Contribution (EPMC) MSA - Yes, 4.5% Safety
         No, 0% Safety (eff 7/1/2015)
DSA - Yes, at 3.5% Misc. & 4.5% Safety
         No, 0% Misc. & 0% Safety (eff 7/1/2015)
All others - No
All employees (Safety & Miscellaneous) - No
Employee Contribution
(values reflect EPMC, if applicable)
YCEA:   7% Misc.
YCPPO: 9% Safety
DDAA:   7%  Misc.
Mgmt/Conf: 7% Misc.
DSA: 0% Misc. & 0% Safety (until 7/1/2014)
MSA: 0% Safety (until 7/1/2014)
YCEA: 7% Misc.
YCPPO: 10% Safety
DDAA: 7% Misc. 
Mgmt/Conf: 7% Misc.
DSA: 7% Misc. & 10% Safety         
MSA: 10% Safety



Employment After Retirement
PEPRA increases the restrictions on post-retirement public employment. These changes affect both New and Classic Members. A retiree may not return to extra-hire employment for 180 days from their last retirement date and 180 days from receiving a golden handshake (if applicable). If the retiree has received any unemployment benefits arising from public employment they are ineligible for employment for twelve (12) months from the last date of received benefits. There are very limited exceptions to these requirements. Safety positions and appointments going before the Board of Supervisors may be exempted only from the 180 day from retirement requirement but may not be exempted from the golden handshake or unemployment requirement. Retirees will be required to certify their eligibility for employment.


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Human Resources and Organizational Services • 915 8th. St., Suite 113, Marysville, CA 95901
(530)749-7860 • Fax: (530)749-7864


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