You may work in a non-covered part-time teaching position or an adjunct teaching position with your former employer and continue to receive your retirement benefits, provided you have a bona fide break in service of at least one full calendar month from your retirement date over a period you normally would work. This includes teachers who retire under an early retirement incentive program (ERIP). If you wish to work in more than one part-time position for your former employer, the total number of hours for all positions cannot exceed a part-time schedule.

Periods of leave with or without pay, including educational leave and sabbaticals, as well as intersession periods do not count toward satisfying the bona fide break in service. If you are on a nine-, 10- or 11-month contract, summer breaks also do not satisfy this break.

Examples

  • You are on a nine-month contract for the period September 1 to May 31, and you retire at the end of your contract. If you wish to return to part-time employment with your employer, the months of June, July and August will not count toward satisfying the bona fide break in service. To continue receiving your retirement benefits, the earliest you could return to work would be October 1.
  • You are on a 10-month contract for the period August 20 to June 15, and you retire at the end of your contract. If you wish to return to part-time employment with your employer, the months of July and August will not count toward satisfying the bona fide break in service. To continue receiving your retirement benefits, the earliest you could return to work would be October 1.

If you are a retired teacher or faculty member and want to teach while you are retired, contact your former human resource office to determine the earliest you could return to a non-covered part-time teaching position without interrupting your retirement benefits.

For information about K-12 critical shortage positions, see the Critical Shortage Positions page.

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