Participation in the CERF Pension Plan is mandatory for eligible employees hired on or after
January 1, 2000 and working at least 1,000 hours during the year.
If you are an eligible employee who is scheduled to work at least 1,000 hours during the year, you will become a participant automatically on your date of hire. If you are hired into an eligible part-time position, but will work at least 1,000 hours in a calendar year, you will enroll immediately upon hire as well.
If you are hired on a part-time basis to work less than 1,000 hours during the year, you will not be enrolled in CERF at the time of hire. However, if you reach 1,000 hours in a calendar year, you become eligible for CERF and will enroll as follows:
- If you reach 1,000 hours on or before June 30, you will enroll on July 1 of the current year.
- If you reach 1,000 hours after June 30, you will enroll on January 1 of the following year.
- If you are hired in a full-time position, then change to part-time status, you will remain in CERF and continue to make the required contributions regardless of the number of hours you work. This part-time service will be calculated using the 91-hour rule. As a participant, whether full-time or part-time, you will remain in CERF until you terminate county employment for a period greater than 30 days.