Membership with ACERA requires appointment to a permanent full-time position with an ACERA Participating Employer. Membership is continuous until termination and is mandatory for eligible employees.
Membership is effective on the first day of the pay period following your hire date in an ACERA-covered position. This is your Date of Entry or Entry Date into ACERA membership. As of your effective entry date, payroll deductions for your retirement contributions will begin and you will earn service credit for each hour worked. During the short period between the beginning of employment and your ACERA plan entry date, you neither pay contributions nor receive service credit—although one may purchase this service credit (referred to as “days prior to entry”) at any time before retirement without changing the membership entry date.
ACERA membership is continuous for as long as you are employed in an ACERA-covered position.
Active Members are currently employed by an ACERA Participating Employer, and are working in a full-time retirement-eligible position.
Deferred Members have ceased active employment and have left their retirement contributions on deposit with ACERA, but have not yet retired.
ACERA has two membership types, Safety and General, which are based on job classifications:
Safety Members work in active law enforcement, fire fighting, or positions that have been designated as Safety by the Board of Retirement (e.g., Juvenile Hall Group Counselor, Probation Officer, etc.).
General Members are all other members.
Additionally, members will fall into one of the three following categories based on their work or retirement status:
Employee and employer contributions provide an important source of funding for the benefits paid to current retirees, future retirees, and other qualified recipients under the ACERA plan. Both you and your employer contribute to fund your ACERA retirement benefits, although contributions are not a part of the formula used to compute your benefit paid at retirement.
Employee and employer contribution rates are set by law according to factors determined by a yearly actuarial study.
Your employer will provide you with an ACERA Member Enrollment Questionnaire. The questionnaire provides ACERA with pertinent personal information such as your birth date, position, department, and prior public service information. It also allows you to nominate a beneficiary for plan benefits. Complete and return this form to your payroll clerk or Human Resources (HR) department within your first two weeks of employment. You will also need to provide evidence of your birth date, such as your birth certificate, passport, or other documentation required by ACERA for verification.
A beneficiary is simply the person that you designate to receive your death benefits after you pass away. You can have multiple beneficiaries.
In completing your ACERA member Enrollment Questionnaire, you are asked to name your ACERA plan beneficiary(ies). The form includes your beneficiary’s personal information, including name, Social Security number, and his or her relationship to you. Once completed, your form is forwarded to ACERA by your employer.
The Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA) provides these pages as a service primarily to its members, their beneficiaries and the public generally. ACERA makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to any statements and/or documents, or any part thereof, including any warranties of title, noninfringement of copyright or patent rights of others, merchantability, or fitness or suitability for any purpose.