Volunteering after retirement is defined for retirement purposes as work performed for which the employee receives no compensation, including salary, health insurance or other benefits, and with duties that are substantially different from any paid work performed for the same employer.
If a member is truly a volunteer, any volunteer service is not considered eligible employment, and does not count toward the retiree’s post-retirement employment limits.
But if the retiree performs paid work that is subject to the 550-hour per school year limit, and also volunteers after retirement at the same PSRS/PEERS-covered employer, and the volunteering and working are not substantially different duties, the time spent on so-called volunteer work counts toward the 550-hour limit.
PEERS retirees who work after retirement for a covered employer, as well as any PSRS retirees who work after retirement for a covered employer or for a third-party provider in a certificated position, are subject to the 550-hour limit on their work and may reach their limit sooner due to such volunteering.
A retiree can be considered an employee at one covered employer, and a volunteer at another, and as long as the volunteer service is unpaid, it does not count towards the statutory post-retirement employment limits, even if the volunteer services are not substantially different from what the retiree does for pay.
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