1. April 21, 2017

    California Supreme Court Agrees to Review Another Appellate Court Ruling Allowing Modification of Public Pensions

    BY: Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison, Nate Kowalski

    Last week, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the California Court of Appeal’s December 2016 ruling in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, 7 Cal.App.5th 115 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016), that the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) lawfully eliminated the right of CalPERS members to purchase up […] more

  2. April 17, 2017

    Two New Laws Impacting CalSTRS and CalPERS Members

    BY: Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison, Nate Kowalski

    Two laws that went into effect on January 1, 2017 should help some CalSTRS and CalPERS members. Special Needs Trusts May Be Designated Beneficiaries Assembly Bill 1875 amended various sections of the Education Code to allow Defined Benefit Program members and Cash Balance Benefit Program participants to designate a special needs trust as an option […] more

  3. April 6, 2017

    Editorial Maintains 2012 Pension Reforms Are Working

    BY: Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison, Nate Kowalski

    Last month, the Bay Area’s Mercury News published an editorial by Dave Low headlined “Opinion: CalPERS Pensions Are Just Fine, Thank You Very Much.” Low heads Californians for Retirement Security, an organization claiming a membership of more than 1.6 million public employees and retirees. Low’s editorial maintained that the pension reforms enacted in 2012 have […] more

  4. March 29, 2017

    California Supreme Court Will Rule on Whether the Government May Modify Pension Benefits

    BY: Jorge Luna, Jay Trinnaman, Nate Kowalski

    In September, we reported on a significant case, Marin Association of Public Employees v. Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association, in which a California appellate court ruled that the government could make reasonable modifications to public employees’ pension benefits without infringing on their vested right to a reasonable pension. We predicted the case would be appealed […] more

  5. March 24, 2017

    CalPERS Approves New Draft Regulations for Calculating Pensionable Compensation

    BY: Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison, Nate Kowalski

    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration recently approved new draft regulations concerning what types of compensation will be used to calculate pension benefits. These regulations will apply only to members hired on or after January 1, 2013, under the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). The regulations are meant to counter […] more


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