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California Supreme Court Opinion: Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System

March 4, 2019
By Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye

Upholds public pension reform that eliminated the purchase of additional benefits by employees

"This decision addresses the constitutionality of...the elimination of the opportunity for public employees to purchase additional retirement service credit.

"Beginning in 2003, many public employees were granted the opportunity to purchase up to five years of service credit by making appropriate payments to their pension fund...Participating employees could therefore receive pension benefits calculated on the basis of up to five years’ more public employment than they actually worked."