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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- Working after retirement for employers not covered by PSRS
- Working after retirement full-time for PSRS-covered employers
- Working after retirement part-time or as a temporary-substitute for PSRS-covered employers
- Limits on working after retirement
- Volunteering after retirement
- Working after retirement record-keeping
- Working as an independent contractor or consultant
- The PSRS brochure on Working After Retirement