Plan Membership


Membership in MercedCERA is effective upon appointment to an eligible full time position with the County of Merced, Superior Court of California (County of Merced) and the Merced Cemetery District. 

The Bylaws of the Board of Retirement exclude extra-help and part-time employees from membership in MercedCERA.

Safety and General Members

There are two types of members in MercedCERA: Safety and General. Safety members refer to employees involved in active law enforcement. All other employees are considered general members. 

Legacy and PEPRA Members

Employees hired prior to January 1, 2013 are known as “Legacy” members, and those hired on or after January 1, 2013 are known as “PEPRA” members.

PEPRA refers to the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013, which primarily affected “new members” hired on or after January 1, 2013, not Legacy members. PEPRA’s areas of greatest impact concerned benefit tiers, final average compensation period, “pensionable compensation,” salary cap and retirement contributions.