California Public Employees Retirement System Overview
California Public Employees Retirement System General Information
California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is an agency in the California executive branch that manages retirement and health benefits. It was established by state law in 1932 to provide retirement benefits for state employees. In 1939, public agency and classified school employees were allowed to participate. In 1962, state law authorized CalPERS to provide health benefits to state employees. The health benefits program was expanded in 1967 to include public agency and school employees. In 1995, CalPERS began offering a supplemental deferred compensation retirement savings plan to members of public agencies that contract for it, and long-term care insurance on a not-for-profit basis. Currently, CalPERS provides benefits based on a member's years of service, age, and highest compensation. In addition, benefits are provided for disability and death, with payments in some cases going to survivors or beneficiaries of eligible members. CalPERS derives its income from investments, from member contributions, and from employer contributions.