(The following was originally published in October 2016. October 2018 updates are available at the bottom of this page.)

Dear Scotty,

I logged into calstrs.com to check my annual information, just like you said at the retirement workshop, but there were some weird things...

November 4, 2017

Dear Scotty,

I had put in paperwork to go to a conference in November, and it seems that the travel requests have gone through a number of iterations. In July, my dean informed me that the amount had moved from $40 per day to $50 per day with no receipts, but it was onl...

May 13, 2017

Learn about the differences between the old and new pay stubs to understand how your earning, taxes, and deductions are now reported.

February 5, 2017

Dear Scotty,

As a counselor committed to student success, I sometimes work overload hours. One term, I taught a counseling course and had some counseling hours as overload, but, mostly, it is just counseling hours. I was concerned because my sick leave balance never cha...

September 16, 2016

Dear Scotty,

Long time reader, first time writer. My question is a bit more specific than some that appear in your column, and I’m not sure you can help me out with this. Specifically, this relates to contributions that I make to my Defined Benefit Supplement (DBS) acco...

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