Benefit Handbooks


Benefit Handbooks

The benefit handbooks are intended to help guide your individual retirement plan; should discrepancies between these guides arise, the law will take precedence. 


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.

PEPRA General Handbook

PEPRA Safety Handbook


Members with membership dates before January 1, 2013, may use the handbooks below.

Legacy General Handbook

Legacy Safety Handbook

Important Notice

The benefit plans described in these handbooks are subject to change. They are not legal documents; should discrepancies occur between these documents and your actual retirement benefits, the law will take precedence. These handbooks do not contain complete information and are formatted as a basic guide for active members of CCCERA, and do not contain every legal condition of the Plan. The 1937 Act is the final authority.

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 each handbook, you will find numerical annotations. 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 that 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 20 different counties and related public agencies in California.

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