Update: CalPERS Suspends Retired Annuitant Work Hour Limitation During COVID-19 Emergency

CATEGORY: Special Bulletins
CLIENT TYPE: Public Education, Public Employers, Public Safety
PUBLICATION: LCW Special Bulletin
DATE: Mar 19, 2020

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20.  The executive order, among other things, suspended certain restrictions applicable to retired annuitants.  On March 18, 2020, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) issued Circular Letter 200-015-20, which explains the restrictions that are suspended for the duration of the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any hours worked by a retired annuitant to ensure adequate staffing during the state of emergency will not count toward the 960-hour per fiscal year limit.  In addition, the 180-day wait period between retirement and returning to post-retirement employment will be suspended.  Most other retired annuitant restrictions, including the limitations on permissible compensation and the prohibition of any benefits in addition to the hourly rate, remain in effect.

Please see the Circular Letter for additional information: https://www.calpers.ca.gov/docs/circular-letters/2020/200-015-20.pdf