If you have an injury or illness that prevents you from performing your usual
duties, you may be eligible for a disability retirement.
You can apply for an industrial disability retirement (IDR) if any of the
You are currently in CalPERS-covered employment.
You are within four months of your separation from CalPERS-covered employment.
You separated or left your job because of an industrial disability and you
remained disabled since then.
You are on military or approved leave.
Typically, members apply to CalPERS and/or their local agency or governing board
for a disability determination.
Lawsuit Class Members
Industrial Disability Allowance Established
Most class members should already have established their right to a disability
allowance. Under certain circumstances, members with either an industrial
disability retirement (IDR) or a regular disability allowance are included in
the class. See
In the Process of Seeking or Establishing a Industrial
Some class members may be in the process of establishing their disability
At this time, we do not represent individuals who are seeking to establish a disability
determination, whether in an administrative process or directly with CalPERS, the employing
agency, or the governing board.
Often individuals require legal counsel to represent them, especially if the
determination is disputed; however at this time, we are not situated to provide
referrals. We recommend calling your local bar association or the California
State Bar (1-866-442-2529) for a referral.
Not Injured, But Did Not Understand that the ARSC or PVSC Benefit Could Be Lost
Some class members are not injured but seek potential relief, including
rescinding the ARSC or other purchase contract, because the individual did not
understand (and CalPERS did not adequately disclose) that they could lose their
additional purchased benefit if they became disabled.
For more information please view A Guide to Completing your CalPERS Disability Retirement
Election Application” booklet.