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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.

Contribution Rates to remain stable

After the close of each fiscal year, the ASRS conducts a valuation of the various benefit plans that it manages to ensure they are fiscally sound. From the valuations, contribution rates are set for the next fiscal year. Despite a relatively slow economy and lower investment performance, the contribution rates for the pension plan (which includes the health insurance premium benefit) will remain unchanged for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2017.

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.

FY 24-25 Contribution Rate Announced

Contribution rates have been set for fiscal year 2024-25 – which begins on July 1, 2024. The total contribution rate for FY 2024-25 will be 12.27%, a slight decrease from the current rate of 12.29%, which continues through June 30, 2024. 

The decrease is due primarily to strong returns on the fiscal year-end June 30, 2023 total fund of 8.2%. 

What is "Retirement Age" with the ASRS

When planning to retire with the ASRS, you may begin thinking about how early you can begin receiving your benefit. First, it’s important to understand how the ASRS defines “normal” and “early” retirement, and how the criteria for each may change depending upon when you started making contributions to the ASRS.

A Note on Mental Health

As we enter the holiday season, it’s a good time to take a moment and remember the importance of mental health, both your own and that of the people around you.

The Value of Your Membership

As a member of the ASRS, it’s important to understand the full value of your membership and the benefits available to you both now and in the future.

This includes:

Working After Retirement

If you are nearing retirement, have you thought about continuing to work after you retire? If the answer is yes, there are several key factors to consider if you plan to return to work, primarily whether you will work directly with an ASRS employer and our 20/20 Membership Criteria. 

Working after retiring from the ASRS allows our members to receive their monthly pension while also receiving a paycheck from their new employer. Please also note that you cannot actively contribute to the ASRS and receive your ASRS pension.

Director Matson featured in Canadian investment magazine

ASRS Executive Director Paul Matson was recently featured in Benefits Canada, a leading multi-media platform covering the pensions, benefits and investment industry in Canada.

Paul, a native of Canada, held various investment positions in Canada prior to joining the ASRS in 1995.

See: Canada’s lasting influence on Arizona’s public sector pension investor

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