Disability Retirement

If you become permanently incapacitated and are unable to perform the usual duties of your position, you may be eligible for disability retirement. Applications for disability retirement are processed pursuant to article 10 of the County Employees Retirement Law (CERL), applicable case law, and the Board of Retirement Disability Retirement Procedures. The application process includes retrieval of all relevant medical and employment records, investigation of reasonable accommodation within your job class, job analysis,  independent medical examinations, and potential evidentiary hearing before a neutral hearing officer.

Service Connected Disability

If you are deemed to be permanently unable to perform the duties of your job as a result of an illness or injury arising from employment, you may be eligible for a service connected disability retirement regardless of your age or length of service. If the Board of Retirement grants you a service-connected disability retirement, you receive a monthly allowance equal to 50% of your final average salary or your regular service retirement allowance, whichever is greater.

Non-Service Connect Disability

If you have five or more years of vested service and are deemed to be permanently unable to perform the duties of your job due to incapacity that was not the result of an illness or injury arising from employment, you may be eligible for a non-service connected disability retirement regardless of age. If the Board of Retirement grants you a non-service connected disability, the monthly allowance is generally one-third of your final average salary depending on your age and years of service, or your regular service retirement allowance, whichever is greater.

Watch the video below for a brief summary of SBCERS’ Disability Retirement process.