Classified employees are typically members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. CalPERS provides retirement and health benefit services to more than 6 million members and nearly 3,000 employers.
Members who meet all eligibility requirements are generally provided with a lifetime retirement annuity, unless an individual only qualifies for a lump-sum payout or chooses a separation benefit prior to retirement age. Currently, approximately 7 percent of an employee's annual salary is contributed to their retirement account each year. This is automatically deducted from the employee’s paycheck each pay period. In addition, the District makes a contribution of approximately 25.37 percent. The percentage invested is subject to change.
An employee may become eligible to retire at age 50 with five years of eligible service (classic members) or 52 with five years of eligible service (PEPRA members, new hires after January 1, 2013).
In addition to the retirement benefit, employees may be eligible for the following benefits available through the CalPERS system:
- Separation Benefit - for those who leave employment before retiring
- Disability Benefit - if you become permanently and totally disabled while still employed
- Death Benefit - if you die before you begin receiving a WRS retirement or disability annuity
In some instance, an employee may be eligible to:
- buy back service credit for other types of employment and service
- choose membership in CalSTRS
For more information on the retirement plan, and before considering retirement, it is very important to contact CalPERS directly for specific information regarding eligibility and benefits.