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CalPERS Public Agency & Schools Reference Guide

The CalPERS Public Agency & Schools Reference Guide is available exclusively online. In addition to saving on production costs, this allows us to make changes more quickly and timely communicate the latest information. This online version should replace in its entirety any previous editions of the Public Agency & Schools Procedure Manual you or your staff may have.

This Guide is designed to assist you in your business transactions with CalPERS. We encourage you to make this Guide available to all staff who have the responsibility of enrolling employees into CalPERS membership or who convey benefit information to staff.

The Customer Service and Outreach Division (CSOD) uses this Guide to provide simplified explanations for often complex laws. Please keep in mind that should there be a conflict between the language in this Guide and the Public Employees' Retirement Law (PERL), the law will prevail.

Periodic updates about changes to CalPERS policies and procedures will be provided by Circular Letters and the CalPERS Employer Bulletin. If you are not enrolled to receive our Employer Bulletin, we strongly recommend you do so to stay informed with the latest in employer news.

If you have comments or suggestions for future editions of the CalPERS Public Agency & Schools Reference Guide, please Contact Us.

Public Agency & Schools Reference Guide

PDF Size

Last Revised


44 KB

Jul 2013

Contract Coverage Procedures

107 KB

Jan 2015


466 KB

Mar 2014

Compensation Review

133 KB

Nov 2013

Payroll Reporting Procedures

160 KB

Jul 2014

Benefits Procedures

583 KB

Jan 2015

Web Services and Publications

76 KB

Jul 2013

Education and Other Resources

79 KB

Jul 2013


733 KB

Jul 2013

Complete Guide

1.03 MB

Jan 2015


Reference Guide Revision History
Updates to this Guide are done on an as-needed basis.

Dated: 01-28-2015