Volunteering at PSRS/PEERS-Covered Employers

Retirees can volunteer at PSRS/PEERS-covered employers after retirement for an unlimited amount of time with no effect on their benefits if they are not a paid employee for the same employer for any duties, and do not receive salary from the same employer.

But if the retiree performs paid work and also “volunteers” at the same PSRS/PEERS-covered employer, and the “volunteering” and working are essentially performing the same function, the time spent on so-called “volunteer” work is not considered volunteering and counts toward the 550-hour limit.

Example 1

Mary volunteers 100 hours per semester reading books to kindergartners at Big City Public School District (a PSRS/PEERS-covered employer). She is also paid to periodically help the kindergarten teacher as an aide. She is essentially performing the same function when volunteering as when working as an aide. Therefore all her hours worked (paid) and volunteered count toward the 550-hour working after retirement limit.

If the volunteering and working duties are substantially different, only the paid hours count toward the 550-hour limit.

Example 2

Mary volunteers 100 hours per semester reading books to kindergartners at Big City School District (a PSRS/PEERS-covered employer).  She also works in the school office. Her volunteer hours do not count toward the 550-hour limit because her volunteer duties are substantially different functions than her paid work.

Retirement incentives or separation agreements sometimes require volunteer work. If a retirement incentive requires you to volunteer in any capacity after retirement in return for salary, including employer-paid health insurance, this is not considered volunteering by PSRS/PEERS and can cause the member to be ineligible to receive PEERS benefits.