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Returning to Non-Covered Employment

If you want to work for a VRS-participating employer and continue to receive your retirement benefits, you must work in a non-covered position, and the hours must be 80 percent or less of the hours required of a full-time employee in the same or a comparable covered position. Employers, not VRS, classify positions as full time or part time and define the hours applicable to each classification, according to the following guidelines:

If you return to non-covered employment with the employer from which you retired, you must have a bona fide break in service to continue receiving retirement benefits. The Commonwealth of Virginia, including all state agencies and public colleges and universities, is considered one employer. School divisions and political subdivisions are considered separate employers.

Example

You and your employer must certify on the Application for Service Retirement (VRS-5) that there has been no verbal or written offer of reemployment after retirement.

Interim Appointments

In some cases, retirees can work in an interim position for up to six months without interruption in retirement benefits. Examples include working in a vacant position while the employer recruits for a full-time permanent employee or while the incumbent is on leave. If you are considering an interim appointment, your employer must discuss the appointment with VRS before hiring you in the position. If you return to the employer from which you retired, you also must have a bona fide break in service.

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