Updated July 2017
If you are receiving a service retirement benefit from Plan 1 or 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF), returning to work could impact your benefit.
As a LEOFF Plan 1 or Plan 2 service retiree, you will continue to receive your monthly benefit if you return to work in one of the following employment scenarios:
Your benefit will be suspended if you work in an eligible LEOFF-commissioned position.
You must fully retire before you are covered under return-to-work laws. To do so, you must:
Taking these actions will establish your effective retirement date. For Plan 1 retirees, that date is the first day after your last working day. For Plan 2 retirees, that date is the first day of the month following the month in which you became eligible for retirement. If you aren’t eligible to retire when you separate from service, your retirement date will be the first of the month following the date you meet the requirements.
Before you return to work for a DRS-covered employer, tell the employer you are a retiree. If your new position requires you become an active member of a DRS-administered retirement system, you might be required to complete a new enrollment form.
You will be required to become an active member and contribute to a state retirement system, if one of the following is true:
Recalculating your benefit: If you return to active LEOFF membership, your benefit will be recalculated based on your additional service credit and Final Average Salary when you retire again.
Returning to work could affect your retirement.
Plan 1: Your monthly benefit will be canceled if:
Plan 2: Your monthly benefit will be suspended if:
Your monthly benefit will be canceled if:
Social Security: For information about how working after retirement might affect your Social Security benefit, contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213.
Overpayments and underpayments: If you receive an overpayment of your monthly benefit, you will be required to repay it to DRS. If you receive an underpayment, DRS will correct the error and pay you the amount owed.
DCP: If you are receiving Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) payments and return to work for an employer offering DCP, your payments will cease. You can restart them after you end employment. If you aren’t yet receiving DCP payments and you return to work, you can keep contributing to your account. If you have questions, contact DCP.
This webpage is a summary. It is not a complete description of working after retirement. State retirement laws govern your benefit. If a conflict exists between the information shown in this document and what is contained in current law, the law governs.