Public Sector Retirement Law


Our attorneys have significant experience researching and analyzing laws and regulations regarding the CalSTRS and CalPERS public retirement systems, as well as 403(b) and other defined contribution and defined benefit plans open to public employees in California.

We are skilled at explaining what constitutes creditable service, creditable compensation and rules regarding post-retirement employment restrictions for public employees. Creditable service rules determine what type of work is credited for retirement. Creditable compensation rules determine what type of compensation is credited to an employee’s retirement account for purposes of determining final compensation, which these systems use to calculate the amount paid in retirement. Post-retirement employment restriction rules determine whether a retiree can perform certain types of work without jeopardizing their receipt of CalSTRS or CalPERS benefits. 

Importantly, we bring this expertise to the following areas of our work, among others:

• Preparing administrator or executive employment agreements;

• Negotiations with CTA and CSEA bargaining units;

• Revising bargaining agreement language on compensation and salary schedules; 

• Analyzing the retirement impact of previously agreed upon language in bargaining agreements or administrator contracts to determine exposure to liability;

• Consulting with the public entity’s litigation counsel on CalSTRS/CalPERS administrative hearings or litigation cases raising issues of creditable service, creditable compensation or post-retirement work.