Retiree Returning To Work

What you need to know ...

  • Use the same eligibility criteria for retiree and active member positions.
  • Verify every new employee's retirement status using the Retirement Status Form or similar written documentation.
  • Report all DRS retirees who return to work for you using the appropriate retiree type codes as found in the Retiree Returning to Work Charts. You must report retirees working as contractors only if they are younger than age 65 and retired using the 2008 Early Retirement Factors (ERFs).
  • Retirees must be reported on the applicable system's transmittal report based on the position in which the retiree is working - not the system from which the employee is retired.
  • A retiree who is returning to work in an eligible position and wishes to reenter membership, they must contact DRS. You will be notified by DRS to begin reporting the individual as an active member on your transmittal once membership is reestablished.
  • LEOFF Plan 2 retirees who return to work in eligible non-LEOFF positions can choose membership or continue retiree status.
  • If the individual is a Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) member who retired using the 2008 ERFs, the rules have temporarily changed. As a retired teacher, the individual can return to work as a K-12 substitute teacher and continue receiving his or her TRS benefit during the first 867 hours the retiree substitute teaches each calendar year. Any hours worked in addition to that amount will suspend the retiree’s benefit. Any hours worked outside the role of K-12 substitute teacher will suspend the retiree’s benefit. This opportunity is available from June 10, 2016, through July 31, 2020.

What system and plan?

The Retiree Returning to Work Charts provide the information you need to correctly report a retiree returning to work. This includes eligible, ineligible and educational substitute and contractor positions.

Additional information

View Post-Retirement Employment DRS communications:

View Thinking About Working After Retirement publications for specific retirement plans.

See Chapter 5 of the Employer Handbook for more information.