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Legislative Session Update: What's New?

It’s that time of year – winter is fading into spring and the Arizona Legislature is in session!  The ASRS has identified a number of bills that have been introduced in the current session which, if passed into law, will enact legislative changes that affect the ASRS, members, and employers.  This information is subject to change as the session progresses, so we recommend visiting the ASRS Bill Tracker and Legislation page for more details and the most current information. 

Make Sure Your Retiring Employees are Prepared!

Do You Have Employees Retiring This Summer? Schedule a Meeting Now.  We offer a number of different group Member Education meetings to help explain various facets of retirement and the process of retiring for your employees - at your location!

New Review Process to Help Employer Partners

You may have recently received a secure message about Membership Eligibility Inconsistencies from Employer Relations.  This message and the accompanying report are part of a new, ongoing function of the Employer Relations team that should be a great benefit for our employers. 

Service Purchase Role Assignments

Nearly six months ago, the ASRS moved processes online for Contributions Not Withheld (CNW), Military Call-Up, Leave of Absence and other service purchase programs.  But some employers have yet to assign necessary roles for these new processes.  That can lead to problems for your members, so please take a moment now to assign those roles.  It’s simple—here’s how!

New ASRS Contribution Calculator

The Arizona State Retirement System now has a new tool on our website to help you identify the pay types that are considered compensation for retirement, as well as confirm the amounts being withheld from employees' pay.  You are able to use this tool without having to contact the ASRS to receive the correct contribution amount. It’s quick and it’s easy. 

"ASRS Basics for Employers" Meetings: Let Us Come To You!

Our ASRS Basics For Employers meetings are extremely popular – in fact, February and March meeting are currently all full. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wait to get the information you need. Let us come to you!

New Membership Rules in Effect

While the legislative session is typically limited to the first half of the year, rulemaking is a year-round activity.  The ASRS recently adopted rules related to employee and employer membership in the ASRS.  The rules became effective February 4, 2019.

What Happens if You’re Unable to Work Due to an Illness or Injury?

If you’re actively contributing to the ASRS, you may not realize your membership includes Long Term Disability (LTD).  It’s often overlooked by most active members, since less than 2% of them ever need it.  As a result, there are also misconceptions about how the program works.

Retiree Tax Reminders

As a reminder, the new federal tax tables and 2019 retiree insurance premiums will be applied to pension checks in February and may affect your net benefit payments.

My Parent Has an ASRS Account and Needs Help. Now What?

This can be a complex question. If someone you care for – a parent, grandparent, spouse, etc. – has an account with the ASRS, but needs assistance accessing or managing that account, there are avenues you can take to help. 

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