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.
- After PEPRA went into effect on December 31, 2012, a new handbook was designed for members who join the SCERS system under the new rules of PEPRA.
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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.