ALAMEDA DECISION INFORMATION
On July 30, 2020, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, et al. v. Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association, et al. case (commonly referred to as the Alameda decision). SJCERA is bound by the Alameda decision because it interprets the County Employees' Retirement Law, which governs SJCERA.
In the decision, the Court determined that pay for hours "in excess of your normal working hours" cannot be included in calculating retirement benefits as of January 1, 2013. Examples include Standby Pay and Correctional Briefing Pay. The Court also clarified that Boards of Retirement do not have authority to include items that are considered "in-kind" benefits under law. Examples include employer contributions paid to deferred compensation on the member's behalf.
Finally, in addition to these mandatory exclusions, the Court clarified Boards of Retirement have discretionary authority to refine their determinations of compensation earnable and pensionable compensation. The Alameda Decision Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Retirement conducted an in-depth review of the earnings codes and recommended changes to additional earnings codes, which the Board of Retirement adopted at its January 8, 2021 meeting. The changes to the additional codes are effective on a prospective basis only-they affect only future final average compensation periods.
This web page contains updates on SJCERA's implementation of the decision and important reference documents such as the Alameda decision and Board of Retirement Resolutions. If you need additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 8, 2021 Earnings Codes Affected by Jan. 8 Decision: Resolution and List
January 4, 2021 Affected Members and Timing of Returned Contributions
October 28, 2020 Alameda Decision Ad Hoc Committee
October 15, 2020 Excluded Pay Types
October 15, 2020 Alameda Implementation Resolution
October 15, 2020 Compensation Earnable and Pensionable Compensation Resolution
July 30, 2020 Alameda Decision