The Alternate Retirement Program, or ARP, is a retirement savings program in which certain State employees are automatically enrolled between August 11, 2004, and June 30, 2013 for their first two years of employment with the State of California. ARP provides up to two years of retirement savings in place of retirement service credit under the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS.) Even though employees don't earn retirement service credit with CalPERS during this period, employees still have CalPERS membership and are entitled to all other CalPERS benefits.
Note: Employees who become CalPERS eligible on or after July 1, 2013 are not subject to ARP. This includes PST employees who were employed prior to July 1, 2013 and become CalPERS eligible on or after July 1, 2013
Senate Bill 1105, effective August 11, 2004
CalHR Law 19999.3
CalHR provides an online ARP Eligibility Worksheet to help personnel offices decide whether an employee must be placed in ARP.
ARP enrollment is effective upon appointment for all employees who meet the criteria for ARP. Personnel departments are responsible for establishing ARP coverage for eligible employees. Use the ARP Eligibility Worksheet at calhr.ca.gov under "HR Professionals" to determine ARP eligibility and the proper ARP code.
ARP has three phases that span a four year period:
Employees should provide their full name, Social Security number, former and new address, daytime phone number (including area code), signature and date.
For name changes, employees should provide a copy of their marriage license, dissolution or court document authorizing the name change and a copy of their driver's license or picture ID.
Savings Plus issues annual statements reflecting employee contributions, earned interest, and their current balance. ARP Statements and Newsletters are mailed in August to the employee's address on record.
Employees may request a distribution online or Contact Savings Plus for more information.