Volunteering for PEERS-Covered Employers
You can volunteer at PEERS-covered employers after retirement for an unlimited amount of time with no effect on your benefits if:
- You are not a paid employee for the same employer for any duties.
- You do not receive a salary, including health insurance benefits, from the same employer.
But if you perform paid work and also “volunteer” after retirement at the same PEERS-covered employer, and the “volunteering” and working are essentially performing the same function, the time spent on “volunteer” work is not considered volunteering and counts toward the 550-hour limit. If the volunteering and working duties are substantially different, only the paid hours count toward the 550-hour limit.
Example 1: Volunteer work that counts toward the limit
Mary volunteers for 100 hours during the fall semester answering phones and greeting visitors at Big City Public School District (a PEERS-covered employer). She also works as a paid office assistant. She is essentially performing the same function when volunteering as when working. Therefore, all her hours worked (paid) and volunteered count toward the 550-hour working after retirement limit.
Example 2: Volunteer work that does not count toward the limit
Mary volunteers 100 hours per semester answering phones and greeting visitors at Big City Public School District (a PEERS-covered employer). She also works in food service. 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 PEERS and can cause you to be ineligible to receive PEERS benefits. Please contact us for more information
You might also be interested in ...
- Working after retirement for employers not covered by PEERS
- Working after retirement full-time for PEERS-covered employers
- Working after retirement part-time or as a temporary-substitute for PEERS-covered employers
- Limit on hours worked after retirement
- The Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception
- Working after retirement record-keeping
- Working as an independent contractor or consultant
- The PEERS brochure on Working After Retirement