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Notice of Substantive Policy Statement on Compensation Rules

The Arizona State Retirement System has published a Substantive Policy Statement relating to Compensation for ASRS Purposes.

ASRS Celebrates 65 Years of Supporting Arizona's Public Servants

The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) marks its 65th anniversary this year--celebrate 65 years of serving Arizona’s hard-working public servants.

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.

New fiscal year, new contribution rate

New contribution rates for members and employers are set to take effect with July payrolls. The total contribution rate for the defined benefit plan, health insurance supplement and long term disability plan will be 11.48 percent for both employer and employee, up just slightly from the rate of 11.47 percent for last fiscal year, which ended June 30. The new rate will be in effect through June 30, 2017. See Contribution Rates for more information.

New administrator selected to oversee ASRS LTD program

Broadspire Services Inc., a leading third-party administrator, will replace Sedgwick as administrtor of the ASRS Long Term Disability Program effective September 1.

The change should have no major impact for the more than 4,000 members currently on the ASRS LTD plan. A letter from Broadspire is being mailed to all current members receiving Long Term Dsiability benefits.

LTD members may contact Sedgwick with questions about their coverage through Aug. 31. All contact from Sept. 1 forward should be directed to Broadspire.

ASRS Retiree Open Enrollment for 2018 Plan Year

Open Enrollment for ASRS retiree group health insurance start Wed, Nov 1st and runs through Thur, Nov 30th, with plan benefits beginning on Jan 1, 2018. This year will be a PASSIVE enrollment, meaning if you are happy with your current plans and coverages, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. Your current selections will roll over into the 2018 benefit year.

Why Do I Need Savings If I Have a Pension?

ASRS retirees are fortunate to have both a pension and social security benefits... do we really need a savings account as well? Read on for what experts say about the role of personal savings in your financial future.

March Board, Investment Committee meetings canceled

Please note that the Board of Trustee meeting and the Investment Committee meeting originally scheduled for March have been canceled. The next scheduled Board meeting will be Friday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the ASRS building, 3300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The next Investment Committee will be Monday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the 14th floor conference room at the ASRS building.

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.

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