DRS email 14-014 Retiree Return to Work Rule Implementation as Required by Law for ESHB 1981

  • Notice No.: 14-014
  • Date: October 06, 2014
  • Applies to: PERS and Higher Education Employers
  • Subject: Retiree Return to Work Rule Implementation as Required by Law for ESHB 1981
The 2011 Legislature enacted Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1981, changing the law for retirees who return to work. As ESHB 1981 went into effect, DRS discovered that an unintended exception existed in the language of the bill that affects PERS retirees. Legislation to amend the law was introduced, but failed to pass the Legislature in 2013 and again in 2014.

For the upcoming 2015 legislative session, DRS is asking the Select Committee on Pension Policy to request the amendment; however, it will be necessary for us to apply the 2011 law as enacted if the amendment does not pass this session.

What this means for employers of all PERS and Higher Education retiree return to work employees, is that reporting procedures and, in some cases, systems must change if the amendment to the law fails to pass. The implementation date for all employer reporting changes will be August 1, 2015.

The complete details of potential impacts will be communicated by the end of the year in a DRS Communications to Employers.

Should you have questions, please reply to this message or call Employer Support Services at 360-664-7200, option 2, or 800-547-6657, option 6, option 2.

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