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Working After Retirement

If you decide to work after you retire from the County of San Diego or another SDCERA employer here are some things to keep in mind.

Outside Employment

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

Temporary Employment

If you work for the County of San Diego or another SDCERA employer on a temporary basis (i.e., up to 960 hours in a fiscal year), there is no impact on your SDCERA retirement benefit, and you will continue to receive your payment each month. As a temporary employee, you do not make retirement contributions to SDCERA and you do not earn additional retirement service credit. Please note that you must wait 180 calendar days (90 days for public safety officers) following your retirement date before you can return as a temporary employee.

HOUR AND WAITING TIME LIMITS FOR COVID-19 EMERGENCY WORKERS WAIVED

Governor Gavin Newsom issued executive orders temporarily waiving the 960-work hour limit and 180 day waiting period for retirees who are rehired due to staffing shortages related to the public health emergency and whose work is related to the public health emergency. There is no waiting period and no limit on the number of hours that can be worked for retirees who meet these criteria.

If you retired and you are rehired in the normal course of business, the 960-work hour limit and the 180 day waiting period still apply. If you are doing both emergency work and routine work, the routine work is subject to the 960-hour limit, but the emergency work is not.

Your employer is responsible for determining the circumstances of your employment and any hour and waiting period restrictions. If you have any questions, please contact your departmental human resources officer.

Reemployment

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 be suspended, and you will re-enter active SDCERA Membership on the first day of the month after reinstatement.

If you are a retired Tier I, Tier II, Tier A or Tier B Member who returns to work within six months of termination or you return to work with your same SDCERA participating employer, you will return as a Tier B Member. If you are retired and return to work with a different SDCERA employer more than six months after termination, you will be a Tier D Member. Information about different membership tiers is available here.

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.