WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced the release of its second annual Global Reporting Initiative sustainability report: Fostering a Secure Future. The report provides an overview of CalSTRS’ sustainable practices and performance, including overviews of stakeholder, employee and member engagement; a description of the alignment between CalSTRS’ values and those of its business partners; and, examples of workforce activities promoting sustainable economic, environmental and social business practices, which guide its long-term strategy.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The directors of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Corporate Governance and Innovation & Risk units received awards from Institutional Investor Magazine last night at a Los Angeles awards ceremony.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced that, for the fourth year in a row, a member of the fund’s investment staff was named to Chief Investment Officer magazine’s influential “Forty Under Forty” list of up-and-coming investment professionals under the age of 40.
This page outlines how CalSTRS handles pension spiking, what we’ve done recently to improve our prevention, detection and resolution of suspected incidents of spiking, and how we intend to continue improving our capabilities.
CalSTRS takes pension spiking seriously. We have a fiduciary responsibility to collect and ensure accurate reporting of compensation. Efforts that improve our ability to aggressively detect and pursue instances of suspected inappropriate pension benefit enhancement, known as spiking, are underway.
CalSTRS determines spiking to be the inappropriate enhancement of the retirement benefit, which most frequently occurs when an employer pays an excessive increase in compensation to a member at the end of his or her career. In instances where spiking has been determined, CalSTRS adjusts benefits to the appropriate level and collects overpayments in a manner consistent with the law.
Audits: CalSTRS regularly conducts school district audits and analyzes employer compensation reports to identify excessive increases that could enhance a member’s final pension benefit. This includes an analysis of other risk factors, such as large amounts of special compensation and inconsistent pay raises throughout a members’ career. For calendar year 2012, CalSTRS identified approximately $1,500,000 in benefit overpayments based upon 19 employer audits.
Compensation Review Unit: In September 2011, CalSTRS formed an additional, anti-spiking, Compensation Review Unit (CRU) focused on analyzing individual instances to determine if compensation changes have resulted in pension spiking. For calendar year 2012, the CRU reviewed 175 instances and identified 13 individual overpayments totaling $320,000.
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