Volunteering as a Retiree Can Impact Your Benefits

Volunteering Can Count Toward Your Work Hours Limit

If you work in a certificated position and also volunteer for a PSRS-covered employer, the hours spent volunteering may count toward your 550-hour per school year limit.

If you perform paid work in a certificated position and also volunteer after retirement for the same PSRS-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 volunteer work and duties for which you are paid are substantially different, only the hours for which you are paid count toward the 550-hour limit.

You can volunteer for a PSRS-covered employer 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, and do not receive salary from the same employer.


Volunteering Can Make You Ineligible to Retire

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 PSRS and can cause you to be ineligible to receive PSRS benefits. Please contact us for more information.

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