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Your Defined Benefit Plan vs a Defined Contribution Plan

By David Cannella, Media Relations

This is the first in an occasional series on Defined Benefit Plans and your ASRS benefits.

ASRS Retiree Open Enrollment for 2018 Plan Year

Open Enrollment for ASRS retiree group health insurance start Wed, Nov 1st and runs through Thur, Nov 30th, with plan benefits beginning on Jan 1, 2018. This year will be a PASSIVE enrollment, meaning if you are happy with your current plans and coverages, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. Your current selections will roll over into the 2018 benefit year.

ASRS Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

For the 28th consecutive year, the Arizona State Retirement System has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Contribution Rates For Fiscal Year 2018

New contribution rates are set to take effect July 1, 2017, the start of the new fiscal year. The contribution rate for the defined benefit pension plan paid by members and employers will remain at the current rate of 11.34 percent. The rate for the long-term disability program will increase slightly, from 0.14 percent to 0.16 percent.

Helpful Reminders for Your Ending Payroll Verification Forms

Public schools constitute a large portion of ASRS membership, which is why our busiest season for new retirements is summer – right after the school year ends.  That leads to an increase in Ending Payroll Verification (EPV) forms for employers, so we thought now might be a good time for a few helpful reminders about this online application.

The Benefits of Keeping Your Employer Account Updated

Please keep the ASRS informed about changes to your employer information.  Changes such as legal dissolutions, modifications to charter contracts, employee leasing, mergers, Joint Powers Authorities, and business name changes require documentation.  Updating your employer information on a regular basis is essential for the integrity of our data and to help us better serve our employer partners and members. 

Termination Incentive Plans; A.R.S. § 38-749

The ASRS employs a number of safeguards to ensure final pension payments made to members are fair and accurate.  One of the final steps in the process is a full audit of a member’s account to ensure the correct figures were used in calculating the final benefit payment.

 

2017 Legislative Session: Updates & Notes

The 2017 Legislative Session began on January 9, 2017 with 23 freshman legislators and  Senator Steve Yarbrough (Chandler) filling the role of Senate President and J.D. Mesnard (Chandler) becoming the Speaker of the House. The ASRS proposed 6 legislative initiatives with 5 of them passing the legislature and receiving the Governor’s signature. 

Employer-Only Payments to Members' Deferred Compensation Plans

This spring, the ASRS began notifying employers about a ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that changes the way the ASRS has interpreted the definition of ASRS compensation.  The ruling affects employer-paid contributions into deferred compensation plans for employees. 

New Trustees appointed to ASRS Board

Eight individuals have been appointed or reappointed to the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Board of Trustees. Appointments are made by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

Previously serving appointees are: Tom Manos, former County Manager of Maricopa County; Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, and Clark Partridge, State Comptroller with the Arizona Department of Administration.

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