Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception

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

What This Means for PSRS Members

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

If you work under this provision, during the two years allowed:

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

If you work full-time for a PSRS-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 certificated staff, not to exceed five individual PSRS retirees, to teach under this provision. Employers cannot use the Critical Shortage Full-Time Employment Exception to fill the position of superintendent.

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, other media or teacher education programs
  • Make a good faith effort to fill positions with non-retired, certificated applicants
  • Determine that there are an insufficient number of eligible applicants for the advertised position(s)
  • Declare a shortage of certificated employees

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