Salary Resolutions

Salary Resolution No. 95-0926
Revised December 2020
Section 34: Miscellaneous Retirement Provisions

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(Amended 3/19/13, 6/14/16, 6/12/19)

34.1 Retirement – General Employees Hired On or After January 1, 2013

This Section 34.1 (including subsections) shall apply to employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, who are or become contributing members of the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association (“SCERA”) and who do not qualify for pension reciprocity as stated in Government Code Section 7522.02 (c). 

34.1.1 Final Compensation Based on Three Year Average

As required by Government Code Section 7522.32, effective January 1, 2013, for the purposes of determining a retirement benefit for SCERA members covered by this Section 34.1, final compensation shall mean the highest average annual pensionable compensation earned during 36 consecutive months of service.

34.1.2 2.0% @ 62 – 2.5% @ 67 Pension Formula

As required by Government Code Section 7522.20, the 2.0% at 62 pension formula shall be available to employees covered by this Section 34.1 who are contributing members of SCERA.

34.1.3 Required Employee Contributions

As required by Government Code Section 7522.30(c), SCERA members covered by this Section 34.1 shall pay 50 percent of normal costs. In addition, SCERA members covered by this Section 34.1 shall pay 3.03 percent of the employee’s pensionable compensation toward the County’s employer contribution to retirement costs. This additional 3.03% contribution shall continue until July 2024.

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34.2 Retirement – General Employees Hired On or Before December 31, 2012

This Section 34.2 (including subsections) shall apply to employees hired on or before December 31, 2012 who are contributing members of the SCERA, or who are hired after that date and qualified for pension reciprocity pursuant to Government Code Section 7522.02 (c) and any related SCERA reciprocity requirements.

34.2.1  Final Compensation Based on Single Year

For purposes of determining a retirement benefit, final compensation for employees covered by this Section 34.2 shall mean the average annual compensation earnable by the member as specified in Government Code Section 31462.1.

34.2.2  3.0% @ 60 Pension Formula

The 3.0% at 60 pension formula (CERL 31676.17) shall be available to employees covered by this Section 34.2 who are contributing members of the SCERA.

34.2.3  Required Employee Contribution (Amended 6/12/19)

SCERA members covered by this Section 34.2 will contribute the amount required by SCERA as employee contributions, and shall continue to share in the County’s cost of the unfunded accrued liability by paying an additional 3.03% of pay, pretax, to their employee retirement account. This additional 3.03% contribution shall continue until separation of employment.

34.2.4  Employee Contribution

  1. Effective the first full pay period following July 1, 2016, and subject to Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) Board approval of the cost share arrangement under the terms described herein, active County General legacy members of SCERA will contribute one third of the actuarially determined difference between the average General legacy employee retirement rate (exclusive of the 3.03% payroll contribution toward the UAAL described in Section 34.2.3 of the Salary Resolution) and one half the total normal cost (“total normal cost” includes both employer and member shares) calculated as an average for General legacy Members of the Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) covered by this Section 34.2 based on rates of all active County General legacy members, with the difference computed to a factor and applied equally to all legacy members. Such legacy employees will receive a lump sum benefit allowance as reimbursement for this pension cost share arrangement each pay period equal to the dollar value of the deduction described in this paragraph, less any required taxes.
  2. Effective the first full pay period following July 1, 2017, and subject to Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) Board approval of the cost share arrangement under the terms described herein, active County General legacy members of SCERA will contribute an additional one third (for a total of two thirds) of the actuarially determined difference between the average General legacy employee retirement rate (exclusive of the 3.03% payroll contribution toward the UAAL described in Section 34.2.3 ) and one half the total normal cost (“total normal cost” includes both employer and member shares) calculated as an average for General legacy Members of the Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) covered by this Section 34.2 based on rates of all active County General legacy members, with the difference computed to a factor and applied equally to all legacy members. Such legacy employees will receive a lump sum benefit allowance as reimbursement for this pension cost share arrangement each pay period equal to the dollar value of the deduction described in this paragraph, less any required taxes.
  3. The lump sum benefit allowance described in Sections 34.2.4 (a) and (b) will not be included in wages for computations of overtime, pension benefits or for any County benefit related purpose.

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34.3 Retirement – Safety Employees Hired On or After January 1, 2013

This Section 34.3 (including subsections) shall apply to employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, who are or become contributing members of the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association (“SCERA”) and who do not qualify for pension reciprocity as stated in Government Code Section 7522.02 (c).

34.3.1 Final Compensation Based on Three Year Average

As required by Government Code Section 7522.32, effective January 1, 2013, for the purposes of determining a retirement benefit for SCERA members covered by this Section 34.3, final compensation shall mean the highest average annual pensionable compensation earned during 36 consecutive months of service.

34.3.2 2% @ 50 - 2.7% @ 57 Pension Formula 

As required by Government Code Section 7522.25, the safety Option Plan Two (2% @ 50- 2.7% @ 57) pension formula shall be available to employees covered by this Section 34.3 who are contributing members of the SCERA.

34.3.3 Required Employee Contributions

As required by Government Code Section 7522.04(g), SCERA members covered by this Section 34.3 shall pay 50 percent of normal costs. In addition, SCERA members covered by this Section 34.3 shall pay 3.00% of the employee’s pensionable compensation toward the County’s employer contribution to retirement costs. This additional 3.00% contribution shall continue until July 2024.

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34.4 Retirement – Safety Employees Hired On or Before December 31, 2012

This Section 34.4 (including subsections) shall apply to employees hired on or before December 31, 2012 who are contributing members of the SCERA, or who are hired after that date and qualified for pension reciprocity as stated in Government Code Section 7522.02 (c) and any related SCERA reciprocity requirements.

34.4.1 Final Compensation Based on Single Year

For purposes of determining a retirement benefit, final compensation for employees covered by this Section 34.4 shall mean the average annual compensation earnable by the member as specified in Government Code Section 31462.1.

34.4.2  3.0% @ 50 Pension Formula

The 3.0% at 50 pension formula shall be available to employees covered by this Section 34.4 who are contributing members of the SCERA.

34.4.3 Required Employee Contribution (Amended 6/12/19)

SCERA members covered by this Section 34.4 will contribute the amount required by SCERA as employee contributions, and shall continue to share in the County’s cost of the unfunded accrued liability by paying an additional 3.00% of pay, pretax, into their employee retirement account.  This additional 3.00% contribution shall continue until separation of employment.

34.4.4 Employee Cost Share – 50% of Normal Cost

  1. Effective the first full pay period following July 1, 2016, each active Safety member of the Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) covered by this Section 34.4 shall contribute one and one half percent (1.5%) of any compensation required to be made to their employee retirement account as a contribution towards one half of the total normal cost (“total normal cost” includes both employer and member shares. The additional contribution shall be deducted from the employees’ compensation pretax and they shall become part of the accumulated retirement contributions of the employee. Employees covered by this Section 34.4.4(a) shall receive a lump sum benefit allowance each pay period as a reimbursement for the cost share arrangement, equal to the dollar value of the deduction described in this paragraph less any required taxes.
  2. Effective March 14, 2017, each active Safety member of the Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) covered by this Section 34.4 shall contribute an additional one and one third percent (1.3%) for a total of 2.8% of any compensation required to be made to their employee retirement account as a contribution towards one half of the total normal cost (“total normal cost” includes both employer and member shares. The additional contribution shall be deducted from the employees’ compensation pretax and they shall become part of the accumulated retirement contributions of the employee. Employees covered by this Section 34.4.4(b) shall receive a lump sum benefit allowance each pay period as a reimbursement for the cost share arrangement, equal to the dollar value of the deduction described in this paragraph less any required taxes. 
  3. The lump sum benefit allowance described in Sections 34.4.4 (a) and (b) will not be included in wages for computations of overtime, pension benefits or for any County benefit related purpose.

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34.5 Employer Pick-Up of Employee’s Share of Retirement Contribution – Not Allowed

Pursuant to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA), the County shall not contribute towards any employee’s share of retirement contributions.

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