In 1937, the Los Angeles City Charter established the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS) as a retirement trust fund for the purpose of providing the civilian employees of the City of Los Angeles, a defined benefit retirement plan inclusive of service retirements, disability retirements, and survivor benefits. In 1999, LACERS began administering the retiree health insurance program. All regular, full-time, and certified part-time City employees are eligible for LACERS membership except employees of the Department of Water and Power, and sworn personnel who are members of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions. Our fiduciary duty* to our Members ensures we prudently manage the pension fund portfolio to offset payment costs of the pension benefits and retiree health care premiums of our Members.

Service to our Members is first and foremost. We are committed to our mission of establishing trusting and lifelong relationships with all of our Members. We prioritize developing this trust through reliable and efficient delivery of benefits and to ensure our Members are equipped with all of the information and opportunities to live well in retirement.


Glossary of Terms

Active Member

Any Member of LACERS who is an employee of the City of Los Angeles, including employees on leave without pay status. 


Any person or legal entity entitled to receive a benefit provided by LACERS.

City Service

Those periods during which you were a Member of LACERS and 1) received compensation from the City as an employee or 2) received temporary disability Workers’ Compensation benefits, and also paid contributions to the LACERS.


Frequently Asked Questions

Active Employees


Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine

LACERS has received inquiries regarding the proposed COVID-19 vaccination mandate and it’s possible effects on retirement benefits should a member refuse to be vaccinated. Please note, there have been no changes to the administration of retirement benefits. Please follow up with your department’s Personnel Section for more information regarding any further information regarding the vaccination mandate.


California Public Records Act (CPRA) Request

  • LACERS Board Agendas, Minutes, and Audio from sessions open to the public can be found here.
  • LACERS’ most recently reported Financial, Actuarial, and Audit Reports can be found here.
  • LACERS’ historical Financial, Actuarial, and Audit Reports can be found here.

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