In 2011, the courts established that certain retiree information is subject to disclosure such as monthly benefit amount, cost-of-living adjustments, final compensation, components of final compensation, total years of service and effective date of retirement.
In addition, certain information regarding active County employees is also subject to disclosure. The California Supreme Court has held that under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), the public has a right to know the names, salaries, and pension amounts of public officials and employees.
How LACERA Honors Information Requests
Although we are unable to notify members each time we receive an information request, LACERA is obligated to follow the law and complies with lawful requests for public information. Any organization or individual who accesses records under the CPRA may use the information as they see fit. LACERA has no control over how the information is used, and the law prohibits LACERA from inquiring about the nature of its use.
According to Government Code Section 31532, “Sworn statements and individual records of members shall be confidential and not disclosed to anyone except insofar as may be necessary for the administration of this chapter or upon order of competent jurisdiction, or upon written authorization by the member.” Based on this section, LACERA does not disclose the following confidential information to any agency or individual:
- Telephone number
- Email address
- California driver’s license number
- California identification card number
- Social Security number
- Health information
- Date of birth
- Non-public information provided to LACERA by the member