The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 24, 2011
CalPERS tweets Long Beach forum, schedules benefits webinar

The Califonia Public Employees' Retirement System is live Tweeting its Educational Forum for employers at the Long Beach Convention Center.

CalPERS spokesman Brad Pacheco says that about 600 employer representatives attending the event, which started today and runs through Wednesday. Follow events on Twitter at #CalPERSEdf.

Speaking of CalPERS and the Internet, the fund has scheduled a Nov. 10 "Planning Your Retirement Webinar" that starts at 9 a.m. and ends a 11 a.m. Topics the online session will cover include:

• The different CalPERS programs
• Service credit - how it's earned and how to purchase more
• Retirement formulas and benefit factors
• Final compensation
• Retirement calculation - including survivor continuance and retirement options
• Cost-of-living adjustments
• The benefits of having a power of attorney on file
• Retiree health benefits
• Working after retirement

The fund ran a similar event on Oct. 7 and drew 1,371 participants. About 70 percent of them were state workers Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100607 CALPERS HQ.JPGwith the rest coming from public agencies or schools.

Click here for more information and to register.

PHOTO: CalPERS headquarters in Sacramento. Sacramento Bee 2007 / Brian Baer

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