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  • 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.

  • Ruling changes ASRS compensation definition regarding employer-paid deferred comp payments

    On March 23, 2017, in the case of Wade and Paddock v. ASRS (No. CV-16-0087-PR), the Arizona Supreme Court held that employer-paid contributions on behalf of an employee to a tax qualified deferred compensation plan – such as a 457 or 401(k) – are compensation and therefore require ASRS contributions.

    Employee-paid contributions into these plans have always been considered compensation for ASRS purposes. This ruling adds employer-paid contributions are compensation as well.

  • Employer Reminder About 65+ Waivers

    In 2012, legislation was passed providing for an option for newly hired employees who are age 65 or older and who meet specific criteria to opt out of ASRS membership. The option was initially available on a trial basis and is now available indefinitely.

    To be eligible, a person must:

  • ASRS Basics for Employers

    ASRS Basics for Employers is a three-hour workshop geared toward ASRS employer Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits and Administration personnel and covers the basics of working with the ASRS. 

  • Input Needed for "Regulation Rollback"

    A new rulemaking initiative called "Regulation Rollback" is being implemented by the Governor's Office and your input is needed. Read on for more information about how you can weigh in.

  • Employers: The ASRS Health Insurance Premium Benefit Program

    The ASRS provides a health insurance premium benefit (HIPB) to eligible retired and LTD participants to help cover a portion of or to offset the cost of the member’s insurance premiums. Read on to learn more about eligibility and employer's responsibilities:

  • ASRS Legislative News

    The 53rd Legislature – First Regular Session, adjourned on May 10, 2017. The Arizona State Retirement System had five legislative initiatives pass into law. They all have relatively minor impact to members and retirees, mainly clarifying language in existing state statutes.

    Below is a brief summary. You can also follow these and other retirement-related bills throughout the legislative session on our ASRS Bill Tracker.

  • Access to Employer Secure Messaging

    Are you familiar with Employer Secure Messaging and it's benefits?

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