Reciprocity

SFERS, CalPERS and certain other California public retirement systems provide “reciprocal” retirement benefits. Under reciprocity, you may combine credited service earned under each reciprocal retirement system to qualify for retirement in each plan.

Generally, the eligibility criteria seen below, qualifies for reciprocity under SFERS:

Eligibility for Reciprocity under SFERS

  • Became a member of SFERS on or after June 29, 1988 and terminated employment with CalPERS or a reciprocal retirement system, and within six (6) months after your termination date, became a member of SFERS; or
  • Terminated employment with the City and County of San Francisco on or after June 29, 1988 and became a member of a reciprocal system within six (6) months after your termination date with City and County of San Francisco.  If you elect reciprocity, you must be separated completely from City employment before becoming a member in a new reciprocal plan (membership in two retirement plans at the same time is not permitted)
  • At retirement, you must apply to retire from each system separately using the same retirement date
  • When you retire simultaneously from all systems, your highest compensation earned with any of the reciprocal systems will be used to calculate benefits in each system (given the system uses a retirement formula based on compensation)

Make an Election for Reciprocity

Coming to work for the City

  • If you terminated employment from a reciprocal retirement system within six (6) months of being hired with the City and County of San Francisco, you can make an election for reciprocity during the new member enrollment process.

Leaving City employment

  • If you are leaving City employment and considering employment with another public agency, log in to mySFERS and select “Termination Options Request” under the Profile tab to access the SFERS Termination Options Form. Complete and submit the form according to the instructions provided.
  • To discuss your options and the potential impact to your retirement benefits should you join a reciprocal agency, visit SFERS in person. An appointment is not required to make an election for reciprocity.

For a list of reciprocal retirement systems contact CalPERS at 1-888-225-7377, or visit the CalPERS website.

SFERS does not have a reciprocal agreement with the University of California Retirement Plan, Judges Retirement System (JRS), Legislator’s Retirement System, State Teacher’s Retirement System, or Federal Employees’ Retirement System

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