All University of California, DOE Laboratories, and State of California service (including service with the State Universities and Colleges and Hastings College) at 50 percent time or more is counted to determine an employee’s eligibility for service awards. Academic service is included to determine length of service, but awards are granted only to staff employees. Periods of leave with pay, military leave, and leave without pay due to a work-incurred injury or illness are included when calculating length of service. For more information, please see Service Awards.
Service credit is earned whenever a member of the retirement system is on pay status and receives "covered compensation" for an eligible appointment. Service credit includes all time worked at the University of California in an eligible appointment. In general, an eligible appointment is at least 50 percent time for one year or longer. The maximum service credit a member can earn for one year of full-time work is one year. Part-time or variable-time work results in a proportionate amount of service credit; for example, a member who worked 50 percent time for one year receives one-half year of service credit. Service credit is not earned for overtime or other work outside the normal, regular appointment.