Retirement Benefits

Working After Retirement: Consequences of Unlawful Employment

Know the consequences behind unlawful employment while working after retirement.

It’s important to ensure your retired annuitant appointment complies with the restrictions laid out in the Public Employees’ Retirement Law to avoid potential consequences. A retired annuitant appointment found to be in violation of the retirement law will result in mandatory reinstatement from retirement, retroactive to the date the violation period began.

If reinstated, your retirement allowance will stop and you will be required to reimburse CalPERS the amount of retirement allowance received during the violation period. There can also be a loss of other benefits, such as health and COLAs. In addition, you and your employer will pay member and employer paid contributions respectively, plus interest owed retroactive to the reinstatement date.

For further information on the rules and consequences of retired annuitant appointments and mandatory reinstatement, please review our publication A Guide to CalPERS Employment After Retirement (PUB 33) (PDF).

Key guidelines to remember about working after retirement:

  • 60-day bona fide separation in service required when a retiree retires under the normal retirement age
  • 180-day required wait time between retirement and coming back to work (exceptions apply)
  • Maximum of 960 hours worked per fiscal year
  • Salary must be within posted salary range
  • No additional special compensation benefits
  • Must be for a limited duration