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The Other Half: Your Employer's Role in the ASRS

While member contributions go a long way to funding all the benefits the ASRS provides, none of what we provide to members would be possible without contributions from our employer partners: ASRS employers contribute the same percentage as ASRS members for each member they employ!

Contributions from both you and your employer are then pooled together, invested, grown, and used to fund benefits such as a lifetime pension when you retire, Long Term Disability, and more.

Employer Forms & Packets

The Forms & Packets section is found under the “Other Operations” tab of your employer secure account, which has 6 forms and 3 packets organized across 3 categories.

The Flexibility of Your Pension

There are currently over 700 employer partners with the ASRS, which consists of a diverse group of public education, state agencies, counties, cities and towns, and more! What does this mean for you? If you leave one ASRS employer for another, your ASRS account will pick up right where you left off.

Enrollment Code

ASRS Highlighted by Top1000Funds.com

Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) the $50 billion pension fund for some 600,000 public sector employees in America’s Four Corners region, will opportunistically increase both US and international public equity exposure in line with its moderately bullish view on public equities and a new strategic asset allocation that targets 44 per cent of AUM in the asset class. The global public equity allocation is mostly passive in line with a belief in the efficient market hypothesis. However, the investment team does introduce marginal enhancements to index weights and takes advantage of trading opportunities within the tactical asset allocation in what executive director Paul Matson calls “enhanced passive”, that isn’t a fundamental approach but still seeks to add small, incremental returns where possible. The strategy has helped the fund achieve a 10-year return of 8.45 per cent, amongst the top 6 per cent of US public funds.

Employer Secure Messaging Enhancements

We have heard your feedback and are happy to introduce some enhancements to the Employer Secure Message (ESM) function within your employer secure account! We gathered suggestions and comments submitted by our employer partners, and a recent software release featured enhancements that many requested.

How to Check Member Eligibility

The Check Member Eligibility Tool application was designed for two primary purposes: 

Supplementing Your Retirement

New goals and resolutions typically come to mind when we think of the New Year, which makes us want to establish our own resolutions. For many, saving money is one of those goals. One option available to you as an ASRS member is a supplemental savings plan offered through Nationwide Retirement Solutions. 

Fiscal Year 2025 Contribution Rates

Contribution rates for the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) employers and employees for Fiscal Year '25 (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025) have been announced and are shown below.

**These rates will be effective for pay periods ending on or after July 1, 2024.**

Quarterly Employer Basics Return in December

Earlier this year, the Employer Relations Team modified how we offer Employer Basics. The ASRS Employer Basics webinar is essentially a walk-through of the ASRS Employer Manual. We cover topics such as membership eligibility, enrollment processing, contribution reporting, health insurance premium benefits, long term disability, and hiring retirees. Although it was originally offered as a half-day in-person workshop, out of necessity during the pandemic Basics became a series of videos.

Enrolling New Employees

One of the first things all ASRS employers should do to assist their employees, is to ensure that they are enrolled with their ASRS employer. Online Enrollment instructions, along with each employer's unique enrollment code, are available under the manage enrollments tab of the Employer Secure Account.


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