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Working After Retirement

If you decide to work after you retire from the County of San Diego (or any other SDCERA participating employer) employment, here are some things to keep in mind.

If you work for an employer other than the County or other SDCERA participating employer, there is no impact on your SDCERA retirement benefit, and you will continue to receive a payment each month.

Likewise, if you work temporarily (i.e., up to 960 hours in a fiscal year) for the County or other SDCERA participating employer, there is no impact on your SDCERA retirement benefit, and you will continue to receive a payment each month. As a temporary employee, you do not make any retirement contributions to SDCERA and you do not earn additional retirement service credit. However, you must wait 180 calendar days (90 days for public safety officers) after you terminate employment as a regular employee before you can return as a temporary employee.

If you become re-employed in a permanent position with the County of San Diego or other participating employer, you must apply to SDCERA's Board of Retirement for reinstatement to active SDCERA Membership. To do so, you must complete a Return to Active Membership Application for Retired Members form. Your monthly retirement benefit payment will stop, and you will re-enter active SDCERA Membership on the first day of the next month.

If you are a retired Tier I, Tier II, Tier A or Tier B Member who returns to work, you will become a Tier B Member if you return within six months of termination or if you return to work with the same employer. You will be a Tier D Member if you return to work with a different SDCERA employer more than six months after termination.

When you retire after reemployment, your initial retirement benefit will resume (increased by any cost-of-living adjustments), and you will begin receiving a second monthly payment for the separate benefit you accrued during your reemployment period.