Updated July 2017
If you are receiving a service retirement benefit from the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Plans 1 or 2, returning to work could impact your benefit.
As a WSPRS 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 monthly benefit will be suspended if you work in an eligible WSPRS-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 as the first day after your last working day. If you aren’t eligible to retire when you separate from service, your effective retirement date is the first of the month following the date you meet the age and service 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 WSPRS membership, your benefit will be recalculated based on your additional service credit and Average Final Salary when you retire again.
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.
Health care: If you have retired from state government, a public education institution or a local government employer participating in the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB), you have the option to return to PEBB-sponsored coverage when you return to full retirement status.
If you have questions about your health care coverage, contact the Health Care Authority at 800-200-1004 or visit www.hca.wa.gov. If you have retired from employment with a local government, you will need to coordinate with your employer and health care provider to determine your health care options.
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.
Privacy of your information: We are committed to protecting the privacy of your account information, including your Social Security number, which we use to track your account and submit required reports to the IRS. We will not disclose your information to anyone unless we are required to do so by law. If you have insurance coverage through PEBB, we might share your information with PEBB to better serve you.
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.