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.