University of California, Riverside

Post-Employment Benefits

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The Q&A page is here to respond to queries on Post-Employment Benefits impact on UC Riverside. If you would like to submit a question, you may do so by sending an e-mail to

Please note that these questions are generally more specific to UCR. To make a comment or submit a question to the Office of the President, please visit the UCOP Feedback page.

As a reminder, the UCR Benefits Office should be contacted for individualized questions concerning retirement planning.

When will the changes proposed for UCRP affect current employees?

There are two aspects to the proposed changes for UCRP: a phased-in increase to the contribution rate for faculty and staff over the next two years and the proposal for a new tier that will apply to new hires as of July 1, 2013.

Beginning in July 2011, employee members of the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) will begin contributing 3.5 percent of salary into the plan; UC will contribute 7 percent. The amount will increase again in July 2012, with employees paying 5 percent and UC paying 10 percent. This action was approved by the Board of Regents on September 16, 2010. No decision has been made for changes to the employee contribution rate beyond July 2012. The new contribution levels are subject to collective bargaining for represented employees.

The proposal for the new pension will apply to new hires as of July 1, 2013. Current employees could also have a one-time option of joining the new tier. The Post-Employment Benefits Task Force presented this recommendation, along with several others to University of California President Mark Yudof, in its Task Force report issued August 27, 2010.

When will the final decision take place concerning the proposed changes to UCRP?

President Mark Yudof will send recommendations to the Board of Regents for discussion in November 2010. The recommendations will be based on the report prepared by the Post-Employment Benefits Task Force. The Board of Regents is scheduled to make a final decision in December.

As a current retiree, what impact will the proposed changes to UCRP have on my retirement benefits?

UCRP pension benefits that have already accrued to retirees will not change as a result of the proposed changes. However, the University contribution towards retiree health benefits was proposed to be reduced by three percent (3%), effective January 1, 2011. An additional reduction of three percent was proposed for January 2012.

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