ACERA News https://www.acera.org/acera-news Sign Up For Email News Add ACERA news to your RSS Reader en Judgment in ACERA’s Favor Ends Nine Years of Litigation https://www.acera.org/news/judgment-aceras-favor-ends-nine-years-litigation <p> Last year, the California Supreme Court published a decision in litigation over changes to state pension law affecting members who entered ACERA membership before January 1, 2013 and retired on or after January 1, 2013. The case was about legislative changes to the definition of “compensation earnable,” which is the salary component of the formula used for determining those members’ retirement allowances. Those changes excluded from “compensation earnable” some types of pay that ACERA had been including for many years, as required by a court-approved settlement agreement.&nbsp; </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/2021-11-22_cccera_deputy_sheriffs_-_cccdsa_v_cccera_n12-1870_judgment_-_alameda_county_deputy_sheriffs_association.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=260925" title="2021-11-22_cccera_deputy_sheriffs_-_cccdsa_v_cccera_n12-1870_judgment_-_alameda_county_deputy_sheriffs_association.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>Judgment - CCCERA Deputy Sheriffs v. CCCERA</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/judgment-aceras-favor-ends-nine-years-litigation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Thu, 02 Dec 2021 20:25:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3682 at https://www.acera.org Notice of Change to Operating Engineers Medical Plan https://www.acera.org/oe3 <p>As a retiree or survivor enrolled in Operating Engineers Local 3 (OE3) medical plan, ACERA is notifying you of a change and temporary cost impact to your&nbsp;2022 plan&nbsp;premiums. OE3 is requiring a late fee to be assessed on payments ACERA deducts for monthly premiums from your retirement payroll checks. ACERA is unable to change the premium payment submission to OE3 due to monthly payroll process timing.</p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/oe3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Retiree Healthcare News Sat, 06 Nov 2021 01:10:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3653 at https://www.acera.org All Web Member Services Member Portal Features Fully Available https://www.acera.org/news/all-web-member-services-member-portal-features-fully-available <p> <strong>2:04 pm&nbsp;PST |&nbsp;September 29, 2021</strong> </p> <p> All features of Web Member Services are back online including web forms and the document upload feature. Thank you for your patience. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p> <p> <strong>11:25 am PST |&nbsp;September 28, 2021</strong> </p> <p> Web Members Services (WMS) back is back online. However, web forms and the document upload feature will continue to be unavailable as further security updates are made. Additional updates will be provided on this news post. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/all-web-member-services-member-portal-features-fully-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Mon, 27 Sep 2021 22:53:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3654 at https://www.acera.org Notice of Election 2021 For ACERA Board of Retirement https://www.acera.org/news/notice-election-2021-acera-board-retirement <h3>Nomination Period</h3> <p><strong>9:00 a.m. August 30, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. September 27, 2021</strong></p> <p>Members can request and submit nomination papers during this period.</p> <h3>Voting Begins</h3> <p><strong>November 10, 2021</strong></p> <p>Your ballot will arrive by mail.</p> <h3>Voting Ends</h3> <p>Return your signed ballot to the Registrar of Voters no later than</p> <p><strong>December 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST</strong></p> <p>for your vote to be counted.</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/2021_notice_of_election.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=124998" title="2021_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>2021 ACERA Notice of Election</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.acera.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/2021_acera_election_newsletter.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=655156" title="2021_acera_election_newsletter.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>2021 ACERA Election Newsletter</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/notice-election-2021-acera-board-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Mon, 19 Jul 2021 23:09:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3637 at https://www.acera.org Changes For Tier 1 and 2 Members Who Retire After June 17, 2021 https://www.acera.org/news/changes-tier-1-and-2-members-who-retire-after-june-17-2021 <p> The Board of Retirement made changes to the rules on how much vacation sell back (during employment) and vacation cash out (at termination) can be included in the “compensation earnable” used to calculate benefits for Tier 1 and 2 members who retire after June 17, 2021. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/changes-tier-1-and-2-members-who-retire-after-june-17-2021" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:47:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3632 at https://www.acera.org ACERA Reopening Office to Limited Visitors by Appointment Only https://www.acera.org/news/acera-reopening-office-limited-visitors-appointment-only <p> On June 15, ACERA is reopening its office to visitors by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. </p> <p> In order to maintain the health and safety of members and ACERA staff during&nbsp;the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ACERA is asking its members to continue completing their business with ACERA via <a href="/contact-us">mail, email, phone</a>, or video if they are able. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-reopening-office-limited-visitors-appointment-only" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News COVID-19 News Tue, 08 Jun 2021 23:36:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3630 at https://www.acera.org Deadline Extended for 2020 Reimbursements for Individual Medical Plan Expenses Through Via Benefits https://www.acera.org/news/deadline-extended-2020-reimbursements-individual-medical-plan-expenses-through-benefits <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/deadline-extended-2020-reimbursements-individual-medical-plan-expenses-through-benefits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Retiree Healthcare News Fri, 23 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3602 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 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 00:11:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3319 at https://www.acera.org Find a COVID-19 Vaccine https://www.acera.org/vaccine <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/vaccine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wellness ACERA News COVID-19 News Wellness Mon, 15 Mar 2021 21:22:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3583 at https://www.acera.org 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’s Office Remains Closed, With Expanded Phone Hours https://www.acera.org/news/aceras-office-remains-closed-expanded-phone-hours <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> <p> <strong>Ready-to-Retire Counseling Appointments:</strong> <a href="/counseling">Schedule one here</a> </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/aceras-office-remains-closed-expanded-phone-hours" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News COVID-19 News Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:39:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3593 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 Kaiser Permanente Coronavirus/COVID-19 Webpage https://www.acera.org/wellness/kaiser-permanente-coronaviruscovid-19-webpage <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 New Limited Phone Hours https://www.acera.org/news/new-limited-phone-hours <p> Due to limited staff resources during the public health order, ACERA is taking calls during the limited hours of 8:30 am – 5 pm <strong>Tuesdays and Thursdays only</strong>. Outside of those hours, you may leave a voicemail or <a href="/contact-us">email us</a>. We will do our best to&nbsp;respond within one&nbsp;business day. </p> <p> <strong>Phone Hours:</strong> Tuesday and Thursday,&nbsp;8:30am – 5:00pm </p> <p> <strong>Email Hours:</strong>&nbsp;Monday through Friday,&nbsp; 8:30am – 5:00pm </p> <p> <strong>Office Hours:&nbsp;</strong>Office is&nbsp;closed to visitors </p> News ACERA News COVID-19 News Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:36:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3592 at https://www.acera.org Information for Retirees Considering Returning to Work in Critical Positions for Alameda County, Alameda Health System, or Other ACERA Participating Employers https://www.acera.org/news/information-retirees-considering-returning-work-critical-positions-alameda-county-alameda <p><strong>UPDATE 8/18/2021:&nbsp;</strong>Governor Newsom has suspended by executive order and until further notice, the restriction on retired annuitants working more than 960 hours per fiscal year for one of ACERA’s participating employers. Please review the current restrictions and duration limits on our <a href="/working-after-retirement">Working After Retirement</a> page.</p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/information-retirees-considering-returning-work-critical-positions-alameda-county-alameda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News COVID-19 News Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:45:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3591 at https://www.acera.org A Message From CEO Dave Nelsen https://www.acera.org/news/message-ceo-dave-nelsen <p> ACERA Members and Employers, </p> <p> As the world confronts the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to update you on how ACERA is responding. I also wanted to address the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy and on ACERA’s investment portfolio—and reassure you that your retirement benefits are safe. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/message-ceo-dave-nelsen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News COVID-19 News Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:45:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3590 at https://www.acera.org