My Pension Check


My Pension Check


Benefit Advice Notice
Your pension pay stub

Your benefit advice notice is mailed every month. This document can be helpful to find your retirement tier(s), your current tax withholdings, and to calculate your new retirement benefit including the annual COLA.


Retiree Payroll Dates

Month Retiree Pay Date
December January 2, 2018
January February 1, 2018
February March 1, 2018
March April 2, 2018
April May 1, 2018

Direct Deposit

Want to save a trip to the bank? Set up a direct deposit for your monthly retirement benefit. Your monthly pension check will be automatically deposited into your bank, credit union, savings or loan account. Funds are deposited on the first working day of the next month.

To set up a direct deposit, call CCCERA to request an Electronic Funds Transfer Form. This form must be returned by the 20th of the month. If you choose to deposit your funds to a checking account, a voided check must be included.


Retiree Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
How the COLA and the COLA Bank work

The Cost of Living Adjustment factor is determined by comparing the December CPI (Consumer Price Index) for the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area, for the past two years. The Board computes the resulting percentage change in the CPI. The actual COLA is dependent on your previous employment tier and your retirement date.

The CERL “caps” the maximum percentage CCCERA can increase your benefit in any one year (Gov. Code Sections 31870, 31870.1, or 31870.3). If the change in CPI is higher than this statutory limit, the unused portion is “banked” for future years.