ACERA News https://www.acera.org/acera-news Sign Up For Email News Add ACERA news to your RSS Reader en ACERA 1099-Rs Will Be Mailed in January 2021 https://www.acera.org/news/acera-1099-rs-will-be-mailed-january-2021 <p> Members in retired status, as well as survivors of ACERA members, will receive their 1099-Rs&nbsp;in January. ACERA reports income to payees on IRS form 1099-R. The 1099-R forms for 2020 will be mailed to all payees no later than January 31, 2021. Form 1099-R should be filed with your 2020&nbsp;tax return. </p> <h4> Get an Electronic Copy After January 18 </h4> <p> Your 1099-R form will be available on Web Member Services on January 18,&nbsp;2021. <a href="https://memberservices.acera.org/pgwebmember.exe">Log in</a> to take advantage of this great feature. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/irs-w-4p.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=138925" title="irs-w-4p.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>Tax Withholding Form: IRS Federal Form W-4P</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/ca-state-withholding.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=98088" title="ca-state-withholding.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>Tax Withholding Form: CA State Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-1099-rs-will-be-mailed-january-2021" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:10:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3511 at https://www.acera.org October Payroll Glitch https://www.acera.org/news/october-payroll-glitch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Duplicate Payroll Advice </div> </div> </div> <h4>October Payroll Glitch</h4> <p><strong>November 4, 2020</strong></p> <p>Once a month ACERA processes the monthly payroll. Payments are automatically deposited to member’s accounts monthly through the bank’s ACH electronic depositing system. At ACERA we have internal controls in place to ensure payments aren’t duplicated.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the October payroll, our banking&nbsp;system experienced a glitch and generated duplicate payment advice to ACERA members.&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx">Alameda County Public Health Order</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/october-payroll-glitch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Wed, 04 Nov 2020 22:57:00 +0000 bramirez@acera.org 3493 at https://www.acera.org ACERA COVID-19 Coronavirus Update https://www.acera.org/news/acera-covid-19-coronavirus-update <h4>ACERA’s Office Remains Closed</h4> <p><strong>October&nbsp;15, 2020</strong></p> <p>ACERA’s office remains closed to the public in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.</p> <p><strong>Phone Hours: </strong>Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm</p> <p><strong>Email Hours:</strong>&nbsp;Monday through Friday,&nbsp; 8:30am – 5:00pm&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="/contact-us">send us an email here</a></p> <p><strong>Office Hours:&nbsp;</strong>Office is&nbsp;closed to visitors</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx">Alameda County Public Health Order</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-covid-19-coronavirus-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Thu, 15 Oct 2020 23:18:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3243 at https://www.acera.org Explanation of California’s Supreme Court Decision in 2012 “Vested Rights” Lawsuit https://www.acera.org/news/explanation-californias-supreme-court-decision-2012-vested-rights-lawsuit <p> On Thursday, the California Supreme Court published a decision in litigation that started in 2012 over changes to the state pension law affecting “legacy members” of ACERA and two other county retirement systems. </p> <p> Legacy members generally are those who have entry dates into ACERA membership prior to January 1, 2013, which was the effective date of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). This case relates only to legacy members who retired on or after January 1, 2013. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/supreme-court-opinion-vested-rights-case.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=615761" title="supreme-court-opinion-vested-rights-case.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>Full Supreme Court Decision In Vested Rights Case</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/explanation-californias-supreme-court-decision-2012-vested-rights-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:17:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3451 at https://www.acera.org California’s Supreme Court Published a Decision Today in 2012 “Vested Rights” Lawsuit https://www.acera.org/news/californias-supreme-court-published-decision-today-2012-vested-rights-lawsuit <p> The decision has been published by the California&nbsp;Supreme Court in litigation that started in 2012 over changes to the state pension law affecting “legacy&nbsp;members”&nbsp;of ACERA and two other county retirement systems.&nbsp; </p> <p> Legacy members generally are those who have entry dates into ACERA membership prior to January 1, 2013, which was the effective date of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).&nbsp;This lawsuit relates only to legacy members who retired on or after January 1, 2013. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/supreme-court-opinion-vested-rights-case.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=615761" title="supreme-court-opinion-vested-rights-case.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>Full Supreme Court Decision In Vested Rights Case</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/californias-supreme-court-published-decision-today-2012-vested-rights-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:02:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3450 at https://www.acera.org Announcing ACERA’s New Website https://www.acera.org/news/announcing-aceras-new-website <p> We are excited to announce ACERA’s new website!&nbsp;We’ve redesigned it so users across all devices will get a similar experience. We’ve also spent a lot of time streamlining information and trying to make things easy to find. </p> <p> Note: ACERA’s website isn’t supported on Internet Explorer, which is a discontinued web browser. Please use Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Google Chrome.&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.google.com/chrome/">Download Chrome for free</a>. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/announcing-aceras-new-website" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:42:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3401 at https://www.acera.org California’s Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments Today in 2012 “Vested Rights” Lawsuit https://www.acera.org/news/californias-supreme-court-heard-oral-arguments-today-2012-vested-rights-lawsuit <p> On May 5, 2020, California’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments in litigation that started in 2012 over changes to the state pension law affecting “legacy&nbsp;members”&nbsp;of ACERA and two other county retirement systems.&nbsp;Legacy members generally are those who have entry dates into ACERA membership prior to January 1, 2013, which was the effective date of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).&nbsp;This lawsuit relates only to legacy members who retired on or after January 1, 2013. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/californias-supreme-court-heard-oral-arguments-today-2012-vested-rights-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Tue, 05 May 2020 22:48:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3323 at https://www.acera.org ACERA Retiree Participants in the Delta Dental PPO https://www.acera.org/wellness/acera-retiree-participants-delta-dental-ppo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get dental advice from the comfort of your own home! </div> </div> </div> <p></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/toothpic-deltadental-flyer-acera.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=9603262" title="toothpic-deltadental-flyer-acera.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>ToothPic Delta Dental Flyer</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-video"><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-1" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/412896460?fullscreen=1&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&autoplay=1" width="640" height="385"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/wellness/acera-retiree-participants-delta-dental-ppo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wellness ACERA News Retiree Healthcare News Wellness Sat, 25 Apr 2020 00:11:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3319 at https://www.acera.org Kaiser Permanente Coronavirus/COVID-19 Webpage https://www.acera.org/wellness/kaiser-permanente-coronaviruscovid-19-webpage <p> Kaiser Permanente has created a <a href= "https://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/covid-19/">Coronavirus/COVID-19 information webpage</a> to inform Kaiser members about: </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/wellness/kaiser-permanente-coronaviruscovid-19-webpage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wellness ACERA News Retiree Healthcare News Wellness Fri, 17 Apr 2020 23:52:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3318 at https://www.acera.org A Message to Members Regarding the Recent Financial Market Activity https://www.acera.org/news/message-members-regarding-recent-financial-market-activity <p> Recent events, including the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, have caused a downturn in financial markets. ACERA would like to reassure our members that your benefits are secure and are guaranteed by California state law. Your lifetime retirement allowance is not tied to investment returns, but is calculated based upon your years of service and salary. At ACERA, we invest for the long term, and anticipate that our returns may fluctuate from year to year. However, it’s our long term average earnings that drive the funding of the plan. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/message-members-regarding-recent-financial-market-activity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:55:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3247 at https://www.acera.org March 12 Medicare Transition Seminar Cancelled https://www.acera.org/news/march-12-medicare-transition-seminar-cancelled <p> The County has issued guidelines for mass gatherings in order to&nbsp;prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and is recommending cancelling small events where possible. As such, ACERA has cancelled the March 12 Medicare Transition Seminar in order to reduce coronavirus risk for our members. </p> <p> You can view the seminar PowerPoint presentation here: </p> <p> [file:4045] </p> <p> Additionally, ACERA will offer a video recording of the seminar by the end of the week. Check this page for updates. </p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/acera_medicare_transition_seminar_2020.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=856969" title="acera_medicare_transition_seminar_2020.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>ACERA Medicare Transition Seminar Presentation</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News ACERA News Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:12:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3245 at https://www.acera.org ACERA 1099-Rs Will Be Mailed in January 2020 https://www.acera.org/news/acera-1099-rs-will-be-mailed-january-2020 <p> &nbsp; </p> <p> <strong>Update:</strong> 1099-Rs mailed on January 23, 2020. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p> <hr> <p> Members in retired status, as well as survivors of ACERA members, will receive their 1099-Rs&nbsp;in January. ACERA reports income to payees on IRS form 1099-R. The 1099-R forms for 2019&nbsp;will be mailed to all payees no later than January 31, 2020. Form 1099-R should be filed with your 2019&nbsp;tax return. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-1099-rs-will-be-mailed-january-2020" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Sat, 11 Jan 2020 00:02:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3227 at https://www.acera.org How Your Contribution Rates (and Your Employer’s) Changed For This Year https://www.acera.org/news/how-your-contribution-rates-and-your-employers-changed-year <p>Each year, ACERA’s actuary calculates the contribution rates that employees and employers must contribute to ACERA’s fund by law in order for us to have enough funds to pay out all the benefits we owe to current retirees, future retirees, and other qualified recipients like beneficiaries.</p> <p>We’ve received a few questions about contributions recently, so here are some answers to common questions about the retirement fund contributions.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/post/retirement-fund-contributions">Retirement Fund Contributions</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/how-your-contribution-rates-and-your-employers-changed-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Mon, 23 Dec 2019 21:31:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3224 at https://www.acera.org 2019 ACERA Board Election Results https://www.acera.org/news/2019-acera-board-election-results <p>The Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association held an election from November 14, 2019&nbsp;through December 18, 2019&nbsp;for three seats on the ACERA Board of Retirement for the calendar years 2020 through 2022:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>THIRD MEMBER&nbsp;representing the General Members,</li> <li>SEVENTH MEMBER&nbsp;and&nbsp;ALTERNATE SEVENTH MEMBER&nbsp;representing the Safety Members,</li> </ul> <p>Votes for the Board of Retirement election were counted on December 19, 2019&nbsp;at the Registrar of Voters (ROV) office.</p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/2019-acera-board-election-results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Thu, 19 Dec 2019 22:11:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3205 at https://www.acera.org ACERA and the Potential PG&E Shutoff Advisory https://www.acera.org/news/acera-and-potential-pge-shutoff-advisory-0 <h5> Mon 10/28/2019 4:57 PM </h5> <p> ACERA continues to plan&nbsp;to be open during its <a href= "/post/phone-mailing-address-and-office-hours">regular business hours</a>. </p> <h5> Fri 10/25/2019 3:07 PM </h5> <p> PG&amp;E has planned an emergency public safety power shutoff&nbsp;starting Saturday, October 26 at 5 pm to preemptively&nbsp;mitigate wildfire risks. This shutoff could affect approximately 57,000 customers across the Bay Area. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-and-potential-pge-shutoff-advisory-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:36:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3166 at https://www.acera.org ACERA and the Potential PG&E Shutoff Advisory https://www.acera.org/news/acera-and-potential-pge-shutoff-advisory <h5> Fri 10/11/19 11:32 AM </h5> <p> ACERA is open during <a href= "/post/phone-mailing-address-and-office-hours">regular business hours</a>. </p> <h5> Thu 10/10/19 8:33 AM </h5> <p> ACERA is open during <a href= "/post/phone-mailing-address-and-office-hours">regular business hours</a>. </p> <h5> Wed 10/9/2019 9:43 PM </h5> <p> PG&amp;E has created an alternate <a href= "https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/16f9f52a1a874fa79fc1cc955d4de5a7"> website</a> for shutoff news, which includes a potential outage map. ACERA’s office building is not within the outage zone, so we’re anticipating being open on Thursday. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-and-potential-pge-shutoff-advisory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Tue, 08 Oct 2019 23:52:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3160 at https://www.acera.org A Postcard With Incorrect Last Names Went Out to ACERA Members https://www.acera.org/news/postcard-incorrect-last-names-went-out-acera-members <p> A postcard advertising our <a href= "/wellness/summer-2019-retiree-lake-merritt-wellness-walk">Summer 2019 Retiree Lake Merritt Wellness Walk</a> was mailed this week to local addresses, and the address file we used contained an error. The error resulted in the postcards going to the correct addresses with the correct first names, but the last names are all printed incorrectly on the postcards because they got shifted in the address file that the printer used. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/postcard-incorrect-last-names-went-out-acera-members" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:27:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3151 at https://www.acera.org Notice of Election 2019 For ACERA Board of Retirement https://www.acera.org/news/notice-election-2019-acera-board-retirement <h4>Voting Begins</h4> <p><strong>Thursday, November 14, 2019</strong></p> <p>Your ballot will arrive by mail</p> <h4>Voting Ends</h4> <p>Return your signed ballot to the Registrar of Voters no later than</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. PST</strong></p> <p>for your vote to be counted.</p> <h4>Notice of Election</h4> <p>An election will be held from <strong>NOVEMBER 14, 2019 through DECEMBER 18, 2019</strong> to elect the</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sites/main/files/file-attachments/acera-whats-up-election-newsletter-2019.pdf"> ACERA Election Newsletter, Fall 2019</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="/sites/default/files/file-attachments/2019_notice_of_election.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=680210" title="2019_notice_of_election.pdf"><span class="file-icon field-icon-application-pdf" style="background-image: url('https://www.acera.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png')"></span>2019 ACERA Notice of Election</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/notice-election-2019-acera-board-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:37:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3135 at https://www.acera.org California Supreme Court Issues Decision In Cal Fire Pension Case https://www.acera.org/news/california-supreme-court-issues-decision-cal-fire-pension-case <p> The California Supreme Court issued a decision this week in the Cal Fire case which ACERA has been following closely. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/california-supreme-court-issues-decision-cal-fire-pension-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:57:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3068 at https://www.acera.org Your ACERA Check Amount May Have Changed Due to Annual Changes in Health Plan Premiums https://www.acera.org/news/your-acera-check-amount-may-have-changed-due-annual-changes-health-plan-premiums <p> If you’re an ACERA retiree, survivor, or payee, and you’re enrolled in one or more of ACERA’s group medical, dental, and vision plans,&nbsp;the amount of your ACERA monthly retirement allowance for your January 31 check&nbsp;may have changed. This is due to annual changes in the monthly premium amounts (the monthly cost of healthcare plans) that take effect on February 1 when the plan year for ACERA’s group plans starts. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/your-acera-check-amount-may-have-changed-due-annual-changes-health-plan-premiums" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Retiree Healthcare News Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:06:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3050 at https://www.acera.org