Retiree Information

August 25, 2017

The date when a retiree is eligible to return to work in a critical shortage position varies depending on if he/she retired with a full or reduced service benefit.

PERA Retiree with a Full Service Retirement

A member who retired with a full service retirement can immediately work without limitation as a critical shortage retiree for any eligible school district.

PERA Retiree with a Reduced Retirement

  • A member who retired with a reduced service retirement can immediately work without limitation as a critical shortage retiree for an eligible school district other than the one from which he/she retired.
  • A member who retired with a reduced service retirement must wait two years to work as a critical shortage retiree for the school district from which he/she retired.

Additional Guidelines for Critical Shortage Retirees

To work after retirement for an eligible school district without a reduction in benefits, critical shortage retirees must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not work for any employer during the effective month of retirement.
  • Work only as a teacher, school bus driver, or food services worker.
  • Pay the 8 percent working retiree contribution (retirees will not earn additional service credit or increase their Highest Average Salary).
  • Work for up to six consecutive years without a reduction in benefits, starting with the year the retiree becomes a critical shortage retiree. After the six-year period, retirees may continue to work, but only for the applicable 110-day or 140-day limit.

Note: Critical shortage retirees are eligible to participate in their employers’ health insurance programs or the PERACare program. However, no subsidy will be applied toward their PERACare premiums during the time they are working as critical shortage retirees.