Employee Benefits - Deferred Compensation and PARS

Welcome to the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and PARS web page.  Full-time employees have the choice to enroll in the 457 Deferred Comp Plan and may make changes anytime throughout the plan year.

Eligible Part-time employees are automatically enrolled with PARS in lieu of Social Security.

Deferred Compensation 457 Plan

  • For 2014, Employees may contribute pre-tax dollars up to $17,500 per plan year with an additional amount of $5,500 for employees age 50 and over.   For 2015, Employees may contribute pre-tax dollars up to $18,000 per plan year with an additional amount of $6,000 for employees age 50 and over. There is also a Pre-retirement catch-up plan.  Contact Mass Mutual (formerly The Hartford) for details.

If you want to enroll in the 457 plan, download the Enrollment Packet and complete the included enrollment and beneficiary designation forms. Fax or email the completed forms directly to Employee Benefits for processing.

You can change your bi-weekly contributions at anytime throughout the year. Just log in to PeopleSoft Self Service to make the change. Click on this Deferred Comp Self Service Tutorial for instructions.

  • Withdrawal of your funds is allowed only at termination/retirement of County employment or if a Hardship withdrawal is requested and approved.  *Taxes will be due upon withdrawal of funds.

Contact Mass Mutual (formerly The Hartford) if you want to withdraw or rollover your funds.

Fee Disclosure Statement

Contact Information:

Mass Mutual - 800-528-9009

Employee Benefits
Office: (209) 525-5717
Fax: (209) 525-5779


  • Stanislaus County provides the Public Agency Retirement System for eligible part time employees.
  • A federal law, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA 90), requires that governmental employees who are not members of their employer's existing retirement system, be covered under Social Security or an alternate plan. The PARS Alternate Retirement System (PARS-ARS) satisfies federal requirements and provides cost savings to you and your employer when compared to Social Security. The PARS plan only requires a minimum contribution of 7.5% to your retirement account.
  • As a part-time County employee, you will be automatically enrolled into the PARS Alternate Retirement System. However, there are some employees who are exempt from coverage.
    • A part-time employee who is a member of another retirement system.
    • Rehired retirees who return to work for the same employer in a position covered by the same retirement system they retired under.
    • A part-time employee that is hired at age 60 or over.
  • When you leave County employment, there is a 60 day waiting period to withdraw or transfer your PARS funds. Once this 60 day waiting period has past, the County will notify PARS of your termination. At that time PARS will send you an information packet with your options.
  • PARS Plan Information
  • PARS Designation of Beneficiary Form
  • PARS Government Pension Offset Info
  • PARS SSA-1945 Cover Letter
  • PARS SSA-1945 Notification
  • PARS Windfall Eliminate Provision Info

Contact Information:

Public Agency Retirement System - 800-540-6369


To all employees participating in the Public Agency Retirement System (PARS)

The PARS Agency Annual Statement provides information about the PARS assets of employees of your particular employer as a whole.

Information about your particular PARS Participant account is available in the Annual Participant Account Valuation Report.

These reports are available at the location listed below:


Stanislaus County CEO-Risk Management Division
1010 10th Street Suite 5900
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 525-5717