ACERA News https://www.acera.org/acera-news Sign Up For Email News Add ACERA news to your RSS Reader en ACERA COVID-19 Coronavirus Update https://www.acera.org/news/acera-covid-19-coronavirus-update <h4>March 26, 2020 2:45 pm</h4> <h5>Information for Retirees Considering Returning to Work in Critical Positions for Alameda County, Alameda Health System, or Other ACERA Participating Employers</h5> <p>Under normal circumstances, there are&nbsp;<a href="/working-after-retirement">restrictions and duration limits</a>&nbsp;for ACERA retirees returning to work for public agencies that participate in ACERA.&nbsp;Most of those restrictions and limits have been suspended during the emergency.&nbsp;If an ACERA employer determines it is essential to bring a retiree back int</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 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:18:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3243 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/other-ways-contact-acera">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/other-ways-contact-acera">regular business hours</a>. </p> <h5> Thu 10/10/19 8:33 AM </h5> <p> ACERA is open during <a href= "/post/other-ways-contact-acera">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 ACERA 1099-Rs Will Be Mailed in January https://www.acera.org/news/acera-1099-rs-will-be-mailed-january <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 2018&nbsp;will be mailed to all payees no later than January 31, 2019. Form 1099-R should be filed with your 2018&nbsp;tax return. </p> <h5> Get an Electronic Copy After January 21: </h5> <p> Your 1099-R form will be available on Web Member Services on January 21,&nbsp;2019. <a href="https://memberservices.acera.org/pgwebmember.exe">Log in</a> to take advantage of this great feature. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/acera-1099-rs-will-be-mailed-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:41:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3034 at https://www.acera.org 2018 ACERA Board Election Results https://www.acera.org/news/2018-acera-board-election-results <p>The Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association held an election from November 5, 2018 through December 19, 2018 for the Second Member seat representing the general members on the ACERA Board of Retirement for the calendar years 2019 through 2021.</p> <p>Votes for the Board of Retirement election were counted on December 20, 2018 at the Registrar of Voters (ROV) office.</p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/2018-acera-board-election-results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 21 Dec 2018 23:35:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3017 at https://www.acera.org ACERA Holiday Hours https://www.acera.org/news/acera-holiday-hours <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> A previous version of this news post stated our offices would be closed for visitors on December 24 and 31, but that is no longer correct. We will be open normal business hours on those two days.</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ACERA will be closed for business on December 25, 2018 for Christmas and January 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day.&nbsp;ACERA will be open normal business hours on December 24 and 31.</p> <p>See our <a href="/holidays-office-closures">Holiday and Office Closures calendar</a> for all ACERA office closures.</p> News ACERA News Wed, 19 Dec 2018 22:25:00 +0000 Michael Fara 3015 at https://www.acera.org Reminder: Mail in Your Ballots for the 2018 Election for the ACERA Board of Retirement https://www.acera.org/news/reminder-mail-your-ballots-2018-election-acera-board-retirement <p>This is a reminder that the ACERA Board of Retirement election is continuing through December 19, 2018 to elect the Second Member representing the general members on the ACERA Board of Retirement for the calendar years 2019 through 2021.</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/2018_notice_of_election.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=606962" title="2018_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>2018 ACERA Notice of Election</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/reminder-mail-your-ballots-2018-election-acera-board-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Mon, 03 Dec 2018 21:41:00 +0000 Michael Fara 2978 at https://www.acera.org Notice of Election 2018 For ACERA Board of Retirement https://www.acera.org/news/notice-election-2018-acera-board-retirement <p>An election will be held from <strong>November 5, 2018&nbsp;through December 19, 2018</strong>&nbsp;to elect the</p> <ul> <li><strong>Second Member</strong> representing the General members</li> </ul> <p>on the ACERA Board of Retirement for the calendar years 2019 through 2021.</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/2018_notice_of_election.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=606962" title="2018_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>2018 ACERA Notice of Election</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/notice-election-2018-acera-board-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:33:00 +0000 Michael Fara 2836 at https://www.acera.org Use Caution Prior To Opening Email Invoices That Look Like They Come From ACERA https://www.acera.org/news/use-caution-prior-opening-email-invoices-look-they-come-acera <p> ACERA is aware that spammers have been sending counterfeit emails that appear to come from ACERA. The emails contain an attachment or a link and suggest that ACERA has sent the recipient an invoice. If the recipient 1.) clicks on (opens) the attachment or 2.) clicks on the link and opens the file that is downloaded as a result of clicking on the link, a computer virus may infect the recipient’s computer and try to collect online banking login credentials and other online login credentials. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/use-caution-prior-opening-email-invoices-look-they-come-acera" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Thu, 28 Jun 2018 20:36:00 +0000 Michael Fara 2845 at https://www.acera.org Limited ACERA Office Access During Warriors Celebration on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 https://www.acera.org/news/limited-acera-office-access-during-warriors-celebration-tuesday-june-12-2018 <p> Go Warriors! </p> <p> ACERA wishes to congratulate the Golden State Warriors on their third NBA Championship victory in four years. The City of Oakland will be hosting a <a href= "https://www.oaklandca.gov/">parade</a>&nbsp;for most&nbsp;of the day on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Unfortunately, this will make it extremely difficult&nbsp;for ACERA members and the public to access ACERA’s offices that day because our offices are right in the middle of the celebration area. Much of the downtown area will be cordoned off, and downtown Oakland will host hundreds&nbsp;of thousands of fans. </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/limited-acera-office-access-during-warriors-celebration-tuesday-june-12-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:02:00 +0000 Michael Fara 2834 at https://www.acera.org Appeals Court Ruling Will Likely Not Affect ACERA Members for Some Time https://www.acera.org/news/appeals-court-ruling-will-likely-not-affect-acera-members-some-time <p> On January 8, 2018, a panel of California’s First District Court of Appeal issued a 70-page decision in litigation that started in 2012 over changes in the state pension law affecting “legacy&nbsp;members” of ACERA and two other county retirement systems—legacy members are those who have entry dates into ACERA membership prior to the January 1, 2013 commencement of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). </p><p><a href="https://www.acera.org/news/appeals-court-ruling-will-likely-not-affect-acera-members-some-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News ACERA News Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:05:00 +0000 Michael Fara 2769 at https://www.acera.org