For Members


SCERS Member Handbooks

There are two member handbooks to account for a change in pension law in 2013, called California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA).

  • The Handbook for Legacy Members is specific to members hired before PEPRA.
  • When PEPRA went into effect on January 1, 2013, a new handbook was designed for members who join SCERS under the new rules of PEPRA.

Select a handbook below based on your date of hire. 


Retiree COLA Tracker

Retiree COLA Tracker 2019

The retiree cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is based on the average annual change in the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area. According to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, the SCERS Board must determine the appropriate COLA for SCERS retirement benefits and implement that COLA on April 1st each year.