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Recent news about the enactment of new pension laws as a result of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), also known as AB 340, has generated increased attention and questions from our members. We have created this FAQ to help answer your questions and provide additional information on pending changes for current and new members. These are preliminary interpretations that may be revised as the law is implemented.

NOTE: PEPRA is currently being analyzed by SDCERS and other retirement systems throughout California. SDCERS continues to refine its understanding of the implications of PEPRA and will consider additional information or further advice to SDCERS on the topic. Additionally, potentially unclear provisions of PEPRA may be subject to “clean up” legislation, which may change some of the information in these FAQs. These FAQs are intended to provide SDCERS Members with a general summary of AB 340. However, this is not a legal document nor a substitute for the law, and in the event of a conflict between the law and the information provided in these FAQs, the law will prevail.

Proposition B FAQ

Since the passage of Proposition B – also known as the Comprehensive Pension Reform Initiative (CPR) - in June 2012, SDCERS has received questions from City of San Diego members about how the measure affects their retirement benefits. While SDCERS’ is neither affiliated with nor involved in Proposition B, it is important for our members to understand the initiative. This FAQ provides an update from the previous edition on the status of the initiative and how the measure affects City of San Diego Member retirement benefits. Note: Proposition B does not impact Port or Airport Authority Members.

Collection of Overpayments FAQ

Collection of Overpayments

After DOMA and Prop 8: Impacts on the Supreme Court’s Decision on SDCERS Benefits FAQ

The U.S. Supreme Court declared the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) unconstitutional on June 26, 2013. On the same day, the Court determined that challenges of the California Supreme Court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8 did not have standing. This leaves intact the California Supreme Court’s ruling that Proposition 8’s declaration that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

While it will take time to determine the full consequences of these rulings, they will have an impact on the tax treatment of benefits paid by SDCERS to members of same-sex marriages.

Reemployment of Retired City Employees FAQ

 Reemployment of Retired City Employees