Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception

The Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception allows PEERS retirees to work full-time after retirement at PEERS-covered employers without losing benefits.

What This Means for PEERS Members

You may work full-time for a PEERS-covered employer that has officially declared a critical shortage of non-certificated employees, while receiving PEERS service retirement benefits. Your full-time employment may not exceed 24 months total at all employers. The 24 months of employment do not have to be consecutive - there can be breaks in the employment.

If you work under this provision, during the 24 months allowed:

  • Your employment must be full-time.
  • You continue to receive your PEERS benefits.
  • Employer contributions are made to PEERS.
  • Member contributions are not required.
  • You do not earn additional service.

If you work full-time for a PEERS-covered employer but are not working under the Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception, your benefits will stop. Learn More »

What It Means for Employers

An employer can hire up to 10% of the non-certificated staff, not to exceed five individual PEERS retirees, to work under this provision.

In order to employ retirees full-time under this provision, the employer must:

  • Not have offered early retirement incentives for either of the previous two school years
  • Post the vacancy or vacancies for at least one month
  • Solicit applications through the local newspaper and/or other media
  • Make a good faith effort to fill positions with non-retired, non-certificated applicants
  • Determine that there are an insufficient number of eligible applicants for the advertised position(s)
  • Declare a shortage of non-certificated employees

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