Retirement Benefits

Retired Annuitants: View Your Hours Worked in myCalPERS

If you are (or are considering) becoming a CalPERS retired annuitant, it is important to know that all retired annuitant positions are limited to a maximum of 960 hours worked in a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

As a retired annuitant, you can now see your hours reported for the current fiscal year by logging in to your myCalPERS account. You can view the number of hours you have worked in a fiscal year and the last pay period reported by your employer. If you have more than one employer, you will be able to see the hours you’ve worked for each employer.

The number of hours you see in myCalPERS is the number of hours worked in the current fiscal year. If you’ve worked in multiple fiscal years, then you will be able to view those past years’ hours as well.

The hours and pay period displayed on your account are based on your employer’s latest reported payroll to CalPERS. If you believe any reported information is incorrect, you will need to follow up with your employer to make corrections.

Also, CalPERS will now be sending courtesy letters to retired annuitants when they reach 600 and 700 hours. If a potential violation is to occur, we would conduct a full review and not solely rely on the information from these letters.

These letters will help you better prepare your work schedule to accommodate the 960-hour limit per fiscal year and prevent any violations to this rule. We recommend you keep track of your hours, as retired annuitants and employers share equal responsibility in ensuring your employment complies with retirement law.

Guidelines to Remember

In addition to the 960-hour limit per fiscal year, there are some key guidelines to remember when working after retirement. All retired annuitant appointments must comply with the following:

  • A 60-day bona fide separation in service is required when an employee retires before the normal retirement age. The “normal retirement age” is the age in your retirement benefit formula. For example, if you have a 2% at 55 retirement formula, the “normal retirement age” is 55. If you have multiple retirement benefit formulas, the highest benefit formula age applies, up to the maximum normal retirement age of 62.
  • A 180-day wait time between retirement date and return date is required (exceptions apply).
  • Your salary must be within the posted salary range.
  • No additional special compensation benefits are allowed.
  • The appointment must be for a limited duration.

For more information on the rules and restrictions of retired annuitant appointments, review A Guide to CalPERS Employment After Retirement (PUB 33) (PDF).