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Basics Handbook for Employers

The ASRS Basics for Employers Handbook is an overview of employer responsibilities regarding the Arizona State Retirement System. This handbook is geared toward employer Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits, and Administration personnel and designed for staff who want an update on ASRS functions and employer responsibilities concerning ASRS processes.  

Employer Reference Materials

Did you know there is a page on the ASRS website filled with resources to assist you in working with the ASRS? The page can be found in the employer section of the ASRS website and is loaded with informational guides, past Employer Update newsletters, and so much more! 

New Members of Your Employer Support Team

The ASRS Employer Relations department recently has had two of our long-tenured team members retire! While we wish them a long and happy retirement, this means that some new faces will be joining the team!

Resources For You and Your Retiring Employees

Retirement can be a daunting time for both employees and employers, but it doesn’t need to be! We have plenty of online resources and AzASRS.gov to answer questions for both you and your employees. 

A Good Time to Start Saving

For many, a new year often brings new goals and resolutions. Is one of your resolutions for 2021 to start saving money? While one of the most comforting features of a future ASRS pension is knowing you’ll have a steady, guaranteed income stream, your ASRS retirement benefit, by design, is not intended to replace your entire working income. Instead, it is designed to be one piece of the pie that makes up your retirement plan. The other pieces of that pie? Social Security and personal savings. Here are some tips to make getting started on a personal savings plan a tiny bit easier: 

Holiday Greetings from the ASRS

Photo of ASRS Director Paul Matson 2019

I find that this time of year provides an opportunity for reflection, and to ponder what may lay ahead. It seems particularly fitting this year as it was so filled with unique and often very difficult challenges for all – personally and professionally.

And so I wanted to take a moment to offer my sincerest wishes to each of you for a safe, joyful and healthy holiday season and New Year.

It is with extreme pride that I look back on the unique challenges our staff faced and overcame in having to quickly adapt to the pandemic while ensuring all our core services were delivered to members uninterrupted. I have reported in previous communications that from the onset, the ASRS consistently delivered in all key areas: benefit payments were made on time every time; applications and other administrative services were processed uninterrupted; service levels for answering calls and emails were at or above pre-pandemic levels, virtual meetings with our members were enabled, new educational opportunities for our members were created and presented in safe online and virtual platforms, and our investment program continued uninterrupted while offering ample liquidity.

In addition, our valued members – retired, active, and inactive – worked with us for the good of our community and State – some helping us to review all of our health insurance and dental programs – and others to offer perspective on how to best disseminate important information.

I’m sure we can all look back on 2020 with new perspective as we anticipate the coming new year.

Our staff and I look forward to a time when we can invite you back into our offices for meetings, to answer your questions in person, to come and present at meetings with our employer partners and retirement associations, and to interact as we all could before our world changed.

In the meantime, please be assured that we are here, working to meet our obligations to all our members and employer partners. Your benefits continue to be well managed, safely and securely.

With best wishes from all of us at the Arizona State Retirement System for a safe and happy holiday season to you - our members and your families,

Paul Matson

ASRS Executive Director

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Tips For Maintaining Work-Life Balance

For many, maintaining a proper work-life balance can be a struggle, even in the best of times. It’s understandable if this year it has felt impossible. But the reality is it’s never been more critical.

New Trustees appointed to ASRS Board

Governor Doug Ducey has appointed two new members to the Arizona State Retirement System Board of Trustees, and has re-appointed two currently-serving Trustees.

New appointments to the nine-member board are Diane Landis, representing the public and Ashley Ruiz, representing state employees.

Ms. Landis has a background in investments and financial planning, including holding positions in the White House under President George H. W. Bush.

Ms. Ruiz is the Arizona State Comptroller and has extensive experience in budget development, analysis and oversight. She is responsible for developing the State of Arizona's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Reappointed to the Board are Kevin McCarthy and Michael Lofton, each representing the public.

Please see: Governor’s Press Release

Awards: Financial Reporting and Plan Funding & Administration

The ASRS was recently recognized for both Financial Reporting and Plan Funding & Administration. Read on to learn more about the criteria and governance for these prestigious achievements...

Shaping Arizona: 2020 US Census

Please note that the 2020 U.S. Census is currently underway. The results of the survey will impact funding in many important areas for the state of Arizona so your participation is very important!

Please visit AzCensus2020 to learn more about how you can participate in shaping the future of Arizona.


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