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The benefit plans described in this handbook are subject to change. This is not a legal document; should discrepancies occur between this document and your actual retirement benefits, the law will take precedence.

This handbook does not contain complete information; it is formatted as a basic guide for active General members of CCCERA, with membership dates prior to January 1, 2013, and does not contain every legal condition of the Plan. The 1937 Act is the final authority.

CCCERA members with NEW (not reciprocal) membership dates on and after January 1, 2013, will receive retirement benefits calculated under the PEPRA 2013, The California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013. This legislation created new retirement tiers (PEPRA General Tiers 4 and 5, and PEPRA Safety Tiers D and E) with new benefit calculation parameters, age factors, and retirement eligibility requirements. The new PEPRA 2013 retirement benefits will be included in the member handbooks as soon as possible.

Benefit availability, benefit amounts, and determinations will be based on your actual circumstances. Your rights to benefits are based on documents, contracts, policies and laws in effect at the time of action.

Throughout this guide, you will find numerical annotations like the example below.
CERL1937 Citation
These numbers are the code sections of the 1937 Act that are the legal documentation for CCCERA benefits. We have included these statutes in case you require additional information "from the source."

Please be advised: The citations are not a complete list of all the interrelated statutes that govern, describe, or delineate a given subject. The 1937 Act is a very complex document covering 19 different counties and related public agencies in Calfornia.

All statutes DO NOT apply to all counties, districts or members.