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I won’t be 62 when I retire; can I continue to work for the university after retirement?

Those who retire before age 62 must execute a “bona fide” termination, consistent with IRS standards. If you are younger than age 62 at retirement, you must complete all the necessary paperwork to apply for and initiate your retirement. You are not eligible to return to work unless certain criteria are met.

The following measures are in place to ensure a “bona fide” termination took place:

  • The employee and the employer did not engage in discussions regarding reemployment before the employee’s effective date of retirement/separation from service (i.e., your official retirement date). Therefore, for employees who have not reached 62, discussions about reemployment are prohibited.
  • The break in service before reemployment is at least 90 days from the effective date of retirement/separation, unless the rehire is part of a competitive hiring process, which generally includes posting of the position, receipt of applications, and interviewing candidates.
  • In order to ensure that there is not an understanding or agreement to rehire prior to effective date of retirement, the employee may not apply for a position until after the effective date of the employee’s retirement/separation.

If these criteria are met, then at the discretion of the department and University, you may return to work. However, in order to continue receiving pension benefits, you may only work on a non-benefit eligible basis (less than 75% FTE). Please note, the “less than 75% FTE” threshold measurement includes all appointments you may hold at any given time.