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Q: Can I return-to-work and still collect my (TSERS – Teachers and State Employees Retirement Systems) retirement if I go back to my previous employer?   

A:  From the date of your retirement, there is a 6-month waiting period.  After this requirement is met, you are able to return to work under the following circumstances:

  • on a part-time, interim, temporary, contractual basis, or perform work that does not require membership 
  • You must not exceed your earnable allowance limit. You can earn whichever is greater:
    • 50% of your gross pre-retirement salary (excluding termination payments) or
    • $34,800 (2021 amount)
  • If the earnings restriction is exceeded; the retirement benefits will suspend until January of the following year.

 

Q: Can I return to work and still collect my (LGERS – Local Governmental Employees Retirement Systems) retirement if I go back to my previous employer?

A:  From the date of your retirement, there is a one-month waiting period.  After this requirement is met, you can return to work under the following circumstances:

  • on a part-time, interim, temporary, or contractual basis, or perform services that does not require membership 
  • You must not exceed your earnable allowance limit. You can earn whichever is greater:
    • 50% of your gross pre-retirement salary (excluding termination payments) or
    • $34,800 (2021 amount)
  • If the earnings restriction is exceeded; the retirement benefits will suspend until January of the following year.

Visit the Return to Work Laws web page for more information.