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Transitioning From Paper Checks

Are you still receiving paper checks from the ASRS for Health Insurance Premium Benefits or Excess Benefits Arrangements? Did you know you can receive payments five to ten days faster -- and more securely -- by taking advantage of direct deposit?

Employers are strongly encouraged to begin this process now by completing the Employer/Vendor ACH Direct Deposit form, available in your Employer Secure Account on the Forms & Packets page. This process will allow you to receive the payment five to ten days faster each month.

The Miscellaneous ACH Payment Process

ASRS employers have unique and statutory obligations to ensure employee participation, make required contributions, and process retiring employees. One of our priorities at the ASRS is to utilize technology to create efficient, user-friendly products to make meeting those obligations as easy as possible.

To that end, employers can now submit ACH miscellaneous payments through their Employer Secure Account. We highly encourage employers to take advantage of the electronic deposit method as soon as possible.

Employer Basics Starts Next Week

    • Were you recently designated as an Ending Payroll Verification Specialist?
    • Are you now responsible for maintaining the contribution summary report for your employer?
    • Not sure what the difference is between a Long Term Disability (LTD) Associate and an LTD Signer?
    • Do you need help completing your first Annual Employer Provided Health Insurance Plans and Premiums Packet?

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Submitting Your PPR: Your Annual Reminder!

If you provide medical and/or dental insurance for your retirees or employees who are receiving Long Term Disability benefits, you must submit the Annual Employer Provided Health Insurance Plans and Premiums Packet (PPR) before your new plan year begins to continue receiving the correct premium benefit payment.

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.

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: 

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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