Retirement, Health and Disability

The firm provides advice and counsel to public agencies regarding the laws and regulations of public employee retirement plans, including PERS, the County Employees Retirement Act of 1937, STRS, and local agency retirement laws, as well as on, CalPERS medical and retiree health insurance issues.  The firm offers clients Retirement Liability Audits which include, among other things, review of pay schedules and special compensation to ensure conformance with retirement statutes and regulations, review of retirees working after retirement, analysis of membership liability for contractors and employees not currently enrolled in the employer's retirement system, and a review of elected official benefits.  Given the CalPERS regulations and new reporting requirements for PERS agencies with the conversion to MyCalPERS in September, 2011, a review of existing practices is recommended for all public agencies.

The firm also represents public agencies in court and in administrative proceedings regarding retirement issues, including actions brought by employees or retirees, PERS and other retirement boards.  The firm helps agencies defend against PERS and other retirement board audits and, where necessary, file court and administrative challenges to any negative audit findings. The firm defends claims of underfunding as well as fiduciary obligations. The firm also provides representation involving disability and industrial disability retirement. 

Members of the firm advise on all issues related to PERS, 1937 Act and STRS benefits. For example, we provide advice and counsel to clients regarding retirement formulas, the rules on reportable compensation, PERS contract amendments, disability retirement procedures and obligations, service credit, GASB issues, unfunded liabilities, retiree health benefits, vested rights and elected official benefits. Retirement issues have major impacts on agency labor relations.  The firm provides strategy and guidance during negotiations in regards to retirement benefits, including acting as chief negotiator.  We review agency policies and collective bargaining agreements/memoranda of understanding to ensure that they comply with applicable law.

Featured Presentations

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Recording: Defending Your Agency in a CalPERS Audit
August 14, 2014
Is your agency prepared for a CalPERS Audit? In this workshop, a CalPERS expert from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore will provide tips to aid your agency in preparing for, engaging in, and defending against an audit.
Understanding Public Employee Retirement Issues for California's Public Employers
November 12, 2014  |  9:00 a.m.

This workshop discusses some of the most common retirement issues faced by California's public employers.  This workshop is intended for employers to understand administration of retirement benefits and the ins and outs of their public retirement system with particular emphasis on the Public Employees' Retirement Law (PERS) and the County Employee's Retirement Law of 1937 ('37 Act).  This workshop will thoroughly discuss the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 and its impact on public retirement systems.  Discussion will also include compulsory and optional membership, retirement formulas, special compensation, pensionable compensation, service credit, and employer and member contributions.  This workshop will also include a detailed discussion of local safety disability retirements and procedures for PERS employers in handling local safety disability retirement applications.  This workshop will also cover other items such as retiree medical, vested rights, modifying pension benefits, employment after retirement and early retirement incentives. 

Webinar Recording: 2015 Legislative Update for Public Agencies
December 09, 2014
The California legislature passed numerous bills, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015, that will impact California employers. This webinar will provide an overview of key legislation, as well as pertinent employment law cases that will impact California's public agencies.
Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession
December 16, 2014  |  10 AM
As the calendar year draws to a close, don't miss your chance to fulfill the "Elimination of Bias" MCLE requirement. Register for this webinar today.
Mandated Ethics for Elected Officials
January 28, 2015  |  10 AM
Government Code Section 53234 (also known as AB1234) mandates that ethics training be provided by any local agency that pays any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to, or provides reimbursement for the expenses of, a member of a legislative body. The training must be provided to each member of a legislative body, each elected official, and any employees who may be designated by an agency to receive the training.
2015 LCW Annual Public Sector Employment Law Conference
March 05, 2015
The registration for the Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's 17th Annual Public Sector Employment Law Conference is now open!

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