New Termination of Employment and Working After Retirement Regulations Effective July 1, 2010

Effective July 1, 2010, changes will apply to PSRS regulations governing termination of covered employment and working after retirement.

The IRS rules state that retirement systems must require a clear separation of service between the termination of employment and post-retirement work. These new regulations help PSRS accomplish this goal by establishing a clear definition of termination of employment. They also provide further direction to members who work for PSRS-covered employers after retirement. 

Retirement Eligibility: One-Month Separation from Work

To be eligible for retirement, members must terminate all employment with PSRS-covered employers and file an Application for Service Retirement prior to their effective retirement date. For those retiring on or after July 1, 2010, termination of employment means that members must:

  1. End all employment with PSRS-covered employers,
  2. Not be under contract for employment with any PSRS-covered employer, and
  3. Not return to work for a PSRS-covered employer until at least one month has lapsed since their effective retirement date.

For example, if a member retires on July 1, she can begin working August 1 in a part-time or temporary-substitute position up to the 550-hour/50% of earnings limit, and can continue receiving monthly retirement benefits. She cannot teach summer school, work under the critical shortage provision, or work in any other capacity (this may include volunteer work) during the month of July in the year in which she retires.

Pro-Rated Limit on Hours and Earnings

If a member retires in any month other than July, the 550-hour/50% of earnings limits are applied on a pro-rated basis for the rest of that school year. For example, if retirement is effective January 1, PSRS-covered employment may begin on February 1, but is limited to 275 hours/25% of earnings limits through June 30. The pro-rated limits apply only during the year in which the member retires. When the new school year begins July 1, the limits are then increased to the full, 550 hours/50% of earnings limits.

The working after retirement hourly and compensation limits are applied on a pro-rata basis as shown below to a retiree’s hours of work during the school year in which retirement is effective.

Effective date of retirement: Hours allowed after retirement for school year: Percentage of base salary allowed after retirement for school year:
July 1 550 50%
August 1 504 46%
September 1 458 42%
October 1 413 38%
November 1 367 33%
December 1 321 29%
January 1 275 25%
February 1 229 21%
March 1 183 17%
April 1 138 13%
May 1 92 8%
June 1 0 0%

New Record-Keeping Requirements

Regardless of the effective retirement date, all retirees and employers will be required to maintain a written record of the dates and hours worked, wages earned and information on the employing school district(s). Record-keeping forms will be sent to members and their employers when they first return to work after retirement. PSRS has the authority and may request access to these record forms for review at any time.

Note: Due to the changes in required Social Security tax withholding effective July 1, 2010, your post-retirement earnings at PSRS-covered employers may be subject to Social Security taxes. Please contact your employer for more information.

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