Termination of Pre-Retirement Employment

PSRS/PEERS retirees who return to work for a covered employer without meeting the termination requirement are not eligible to work for your district as a retiree.

Working retirees who have not properly terminated their pre-retirement employment are not eligible to retire and receive benefits. Therefore, they are not eligible to work for covered employers as retirees. In addition, they are required to repay any benefits received while ineligible, including a Partial Lump Sum Option (PLSO) payment, and may be required to pay contributions on salary until employment is properly terminated.

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Proper Termination of Employment

To properly terminate employment and be eligible to work as a retiree, PSRS/PEERS members must:

  • End all employment with all PSRS/PEERS-covered employers prior to their retirement date.
  • Not return to work for a PSRS/PEERS covered employer in any capacity for a period of one month after their PSRS/PEERS retirement date, which includes volunteer work of you later become a paid employee with the same employer in the same or similar position.
  • Not enter into any agreement, written or unwritten, for future employment at a covered employer in any capacity until after receiving the first retirement benefit payment. This includes any type of early retirement incentive or separation agreement that requires the retiree to return to work or volunteer in any capacity after retirement in return for salary, including health insurance benefits.

A PSRS/PEERS retiree cannot enter into any agreement, written or unwritten, for future employment in any capacity by a PSRS/PEERS-covered employer until after they have received their first benefit payment.

Example

If Jane retires July 1, she can begin working August 1 for a PSRS/PEERS-covered employer in a part-time or temporary-substitute position up to the hourly limit (and salary limit if she is a PSRS member), and continue receiving monthly retirement benefits. She cannot sign a contract or enter into any agreement for employment or work in any capacity (including teaching summer school, working under the Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception, and possibly volunteering until August 1.