Federal legislation requires that part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees participate in Social Security or an alternative plan established according to IRS guidelines. Alternative Retirement Systems (ARS) are an alternative to Social Security. Some districts have elected to offer ARS in lieu of Social Security. Employees are eligible to participate in ARS if they are active temporary employees and are ineligible to currently participate in PERS or STRS. Employee participation in ARS, PERS or STRS eligibility, and determination of employee’s prior membership in PERS or STRS, is coordinated with the Retirement Reporting Unit.
The CRC has created a job aid titled Enrolling an Employee in Alternative Retirement Systems v1.0 (5 pp.) that covers the setup of an ARS record in PeopleSoft for an individual employee and how to adjust Employee and Employer deductions/contributions when necessary. For future reference, this job aid is located in the “Payroll – Other” section of the PeopleSoft Guides and Job Aids page.