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  • The Status of In-Person Meetings

    As the number of vaccinated Americans grows, the Arizona State Retirement System continues to evaluate the possibility of resuming our in-person presentations for both our employer partners and members. The most recent decision: to continue holding our meetings in a virtual environment. 

  • Familiar with Ending Payroll Verification Requests?

    Ending Payroll Verification (EPV) requests are sent by the ASRS to employers when we need to verify the termination of and final payrolls for past or present employees. Accessed via your secure employer myASRS account, there are several situations in which we’ll request an EPV: Retiring employees, prior employees who are now withdrawing their ASRS contributions, or the need to process survivor benefits for a member who has passed away.

  • When Are You 'Vested' in the ASRS?

    Vesting is a term used often when discussing a retirement account. However, the ASRS benefit programs do not have a “vesting” schedule. Members must meet certain requirements before being eligible to receive: retirement benefits, health insurance, premium benefit subsidy, long term disability, or participate in the ASRS service purchase program.

    Refund/Forfeiture

    When one of your employees asks about “vesting” with the ASRS, often these members may be referring to the percentage of employer funds they might receive if they decide to refund their account.

  • 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. 

  • New Electronic ACH Functionality: Coming Soon!

    One of our priorities at the Arizona State Retirement System is to utilize technology to create efficient, user-friendly products for our members and employer partners. For the last few months, our Application Development team has been designing a new employer function that will allow employers to submit Miscellaneous ACH payments electronically from within their employer secure account.

     

  • Correcting Social Security Numbers

    Reminder

    In an effort to ensure all member’s accounts are correct, it is imperative that all data provided to the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) is correct. If an incorrect Social Security Number (SSN) was reported to the ASRS, the member ends up with two ASRS accounts - one account with correct SSN and one account with the incorrect SSN. The employer is responsible for advising the ASRS of errors. This will allow the ASRS to merge the member’s accounts under one SSN.

  • Employer Conference

    While our 2020 Employer Conference is right around the corner, this year will look a bit different! To ensure the safety of all our attendees and staff, this year’s conference sessions will be held entirely online.

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