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

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