The Plan has 2 tiers of benefits.  Tier 1 members were employed by the Department prior to January 1, 2014.  Tier 2 members started their employment after that date, or were previously employed by the Department and withdrew their contributions from the Plan, or had their funds transferred to the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS) prior to the suspension of the Reciprocal Agreement.

Suspension of Reciprocity

Reciprocity was an agreement between the Department and the City of Los Angeles (City) to automatically transfer a member’s Department Service, accrued Service Credit, and contributions between the Plan and LACERS whenever a member transferred and/or promoted between the City and the Department without a break in service.

Reciprocity between the Plan and LACERS was suspended on January 1, 2014.  If you transfer between the Department and City anytime on or after this date, your service and contributions and interest will stay on deposit with the pension system you left. If you have funds on deposit with both systems at your retirement, your Department Service with the Plan and your Department Service with LACERS will be combined to compute your Qualifying Service for the Plan.  Your Qualifying Service will be used to determine your eligibility for retirement benefits. However, only Service Credit on deposit with the Plan will be used to calculate your monthly retirement allowance payable from the Plan.

Please contact LACERS directly to see how your Qualifying Service, Department Service, and Service Credit with the Plan will be treated under their provisions.

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