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  • A Review of the 2021 Employer Conference

    Beginning in late August, and throughout September, ASRS employers met with the Employer Relations Team to attend the 2021 Employer Conference. Out of an abundance of caution, conferences were held virtually this year. We held 18 virtual conferences attended by 991 employer representatives.

  • The Importance of Getting Employees Enrolled

    One of the first things all new members should do is enroll in their online myASRS account using their ASRS employer’s enrollment code. Once the member is enrolled and registered, they will have full access to their account, where they can easily track their retirement progress and keep their account updated.

  • Your Annual 'Basics' Viewing

    Available online, the ASRS Basic for Employers video series and accompanying handbook are vital resources for all ASRS employers. While especially helpful for new employers, we recommend all employers review the “Basics” materials at least annually.

  • Common Questions: Alternate Contribution Rate

    Did you know the Alternate Contribution Rate (ACR) applies to all ASRS retirees who return to work for an ASRS employer? This is true regardless of early or normal retirement status and the number of hours worked in a pay period. It also means a return-to-work retiree’s 20/20 employment status does not matter.

  • New ACH Payment Features!

    One of our priorities at the Arizona State Retirement System is to utilize technology to create efficient, user-friendly products for our members as well as employer partners. We are excited to share a new payment process with you, which includes: miscellaneous ACH payment processing, payment history search screens, and more.
  • High-Earning Employees & the ASRS: 415 Limits and Excess Benefits

    Did you know there are contribution and pension benefit limits for employees making over a certain amount? Referred to as “415 Limits” based on the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 415, this can be a set of not-well-known, not-often-used rules for employers and their high-earning employees. But for those they apply to, 415 limits have a big impact. Below is an explanation of what 415 limits are, how the excess benefit is administered.

  • 2021 Employer Conference Starts Today!

    Our 2021 Employer Conference is here! To ensure the safety of all our attendees and staff, this year’s conference sessions will once again be held entirely online.

  • Education for New and Retiring Employees

    One of the first things all new members should do is enroll in their online myASRS account using their ASRS employer’s enrollment code. Once the member is enrolled and registered, they will have full access to their account, where they can easily track their retirement progress and keep their account updated.

  • Hiring ASRS Retirees

    When an ASRS retiree returns to work for an ASRS employer and meets active membership criteria, active contributions must begin, and the member’s pension is suspended. At that point, the member will not receive a pension benefit until they either terminate employment or reduce their hours (as outlined below) and re-retires. 

  • 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. 

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