Employer News

  • Direct Deposit for Employers

    In January 2019, The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) modified its payment process. 

    The ASRS switched to Bank of America for payment processing, which gives the employers the ability to receive Health Insurance Premium Benefit payment via direct deposit to their account.

  • Clarification on the CARES Act and the ASRS

    Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) has seen a slight increase in members asking, “Can I refund or get a loan from my account?”

  • A Review of Earning Service Credit

    Periodically, the ASRS receives questions from employers on how employees earn service credit. Here's a reminder!

  • New Instructional Videos for Employers

    The ASRS Basics for Employers meeting is now available online as a six-part series. The online format will not only enable employer staff to get the same information provided in our in-person ASRS Basics for Employers sessions but will also provide a convenient format that employer users can take advantage of from their computer or laptop.

  • 'Return to Work' Employees and the Alternate Contribution Rate

    When an ASRS retiree returns to work for an ASRS employer and meets active membership criteria, then active contributions must begin and the member’s pension is suspended. The member will not receive a pension benefit until they either terminate employment or reduce their hours and re-retires. However, there is an exception to this rule. Under very specific conditions, an ASRS retiree can qualify to remain retired while working for an ASRS employer. It is the responsibility of both the retiree and employer to ensure compliance.

  • For Staff Who May Be Retiring

    Are you or members of your staff within a year of retirement? The ASRS is here to assist in the transition! We offer several options to help personalize your or your staff’s retirement inquiries. Did you know the ASRS offers one-on-one appointments in the Phoenix office, as well as online counseling sessions? 

  • What is an HIPB?

    The ASRS provides a health insurance premium benefit (HIPB), also referred to as a “subsidy” or “reimbursement,” to eligible retired and LTD participants to help cover a portion of the out-of-pocket cost of member insurance premiums. A percentage of all employer contributions are placed in a 401(a) Health Benefit Supplement account to provide funds for the HIPB.

  • Help Make our Employer Conference Better!

    With your help, the Employer Relations Team continues to improve our yearly conferences. If you have any suggestions or ideas you would like discussed during this year’s conferences, please contact your employer liaison via Employer Secure Message (ESM).

  • ASRS Basics for Employers

    Are you new to working with the ASRS? Are you looking to refresh your knowledge of ASRS’ processes and online applications?

  • 65+ Membership Waiver

    Can a member opt out of the ASRS? There is a group of members who are eligible to opt out of the Arizona State Retirement System, if they meet certain criteria.


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