Alameda Case Update
July 31, 2020

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The California Supreme Court issued an opinion on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in the case known as Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association et al. v. Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association and Board of Retirement of ACERA (S247095, also known as “the Alameda case”).

OCERS is reviewing the opinion, and we will provide updates to employers and members as soon as possible. 

Background on the Alameda Case

OCERS is one of 20 California counties governed by the County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL). The Alameda case involves several pay items for legacy members of CERL retirement systems. Some of the pay items at issue are similar to pay items under OCERS’ Pay Code Resolution. 

On May 5, 2020, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Alameda case, and a written opinion was issued on July 30, 2020. Summary of Supreme Court decision in Alameda County Vested Rights Case

What does this mean for OCERS participating employers and members?

The OCERS Board has not taken any action to exclude the pay items in controversy, but rather continue with the conditional inclusion of such pay items. OCERS participating employers should continue to report to OCERS pay items as specified in the Master Pay Items Spreadsheet until further notice.

In response to the Alameda case decision on July 30, 2020, OCERS will provide updates to our participating employers and members as soon as possible.

Please note: OCERS wants all of our members and employers to know that other items of compensation – specifically vacation, annual leave and/or holiday pay – are not at issue as it relates to the Alameda case.