US - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has moved to have its views heard in a lawsuit over pension benefits.
Earlier this year, the Orange County Board of Supervisors sued the Orange County Employees Retirement System to invalidate a 2001 collective bargaining agreement between the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and the county, claiming that the agreement violates provisions of the California Constitution.
The agreement improved retirement benefits for deputies by providing them with a "3% at age 50" retirement formula that most law enforcement and fire departments currently provide.
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has agreed to represent CalPERS in the application to file an amicus curiae brief, also known as a friend-of-the-court brief, that would present the CalPERS position on the dispute.
CalPERS will contend that these types of benefits are consistent with constitutional principles.
The court will decide if the application by CalPERS is accepted.
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