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Thinking of Going Back to Work?

 

Certain restrictions apply to MainePERS members who retire before Normal Retirement Age (NRA) and return to work for the “same” employer.*

 

Read the Rules of the Road handout on retiring and returning to work for the same employer.

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Are you retiring before Normal Retirement Age?

 

If you retired before your Normal Retirement Age, certain requirements apply to returning to work for the "same employer." *

  • At retirement, you must certify that you have not discussed, or negotiated, a return to work with your employer prior to terminating your employment.
  • You may not return to work for at least 30 days after terminating, or before the effective date of your retirement, whichever is later; and you must file a Service Retirement Application with MainePERS before returning to work.
  • You may work for up to 90 days in one year (work-year).

If you are below normal retirement age when you return to work and you don't follow the requirements, it could mean suspension of your benefit until you reach normal retirement age, or after you stop post-retirement employment, whichever is sooner. Additional penalties may include repaying, with interest, any benefits paid during a period when they should have been suspended.

To help make sure you avoid penalties or suspension of benefits, give us a call or come in and talk to us before making plans to return to work for your same employer.

 

Retiring at Normal Retirement Age and Member of State/Teacher Program?

 

If you return to work with the “same employer” after you reach your normal retirement age (generally age 60, 62 or 65), you must wait 30 days after ending your position before returning to work; and you must file a Service Retirement Application with MainePERS before returning to work. 

 

If you are not a classroom-based employee, you:

 

 May not be paid more than 75% of the compensation established for the position.

 May return to service for up to five (5) years.

 

Classroom-based employees may:

 

 Be employed by an individual school administrative unit for no more than 5 one-year contracts, and

 Return to service at the same school administrative unit for a maximum of 10 years:

5 years under one-year contracts with compensation set at 100% and

5 years with compensation set at 75%.

 

 

 

 

 

Retiring at Normal Retirement Age and Member of Participating Local District (PLD) Plan?

 

There are no restrictions under the PLD plan on retiring and returning to work for the same employer; you must, however, file a Service Retirement Application with MainePERS in order to be considered a retiree returned to work.


* "Same Employer" means for:

State or Teacher retirees: Employment in any position covered under the State/Teacher Program.

 

Participating Local District (PLD) retirees who retire from a PLD in the Consolidated Plan: Employment with any employer participating in the Consolidated Plan.

 

Participating Local District (PLD) retirees who retire from a PLD that does not participate in the Consolidated Plan: Employment with the same PLD employer.


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