Reemployment After Retirement

Generally speaking, if you return to work for the state in a benefit eligible position, your monthly retirement benefit from MPERS will stop until you later retire (see exception below for Closed Plan retirees).  A benefit eligible position is one that normally requires the performance of duties of at least 1,040 hours per year.  Your employer determines if the position is benefit or non-benefit eligible.


Closed Plan Retiree

Benefit Eligible Position
A retiree under MPERS’ Closed Plan cannot return to work in a benefit eligible position with either MoDOT or MSHP.  There is no statutory provision to allow this type of employment.

However, you can be reemployed by a state agency under MOSERS, in a benefit eligible position, with no suspension of your retirement benefit (annuity) from MPERS.  The service you earn in this benefit eligible position will be under MOSERS.

Non-Benefit Eligible Position
If you retire under MPERS, you can be employed in a non-benefit eligible position with no suspension of your retirement benefit.  You do not earn additional creditable service in MPERS while working in a non-benefit eligible position.

You can be employed as an independent contractor by MoDOT or MSHP, or any other state agency, with no suspension of your retirement benefit from MPERS.


Year 2000 Plan Retiree

Benefit Eligible Position
If a Year 2000 Plan retiree returns to work for the state in a benefit eligible position:

  • Your monthly retirement benefit from MPERS stops for any month in which you are actively employed.
  • You will earn service credit for any time worked after you retire.

When you retire again, your benefit will be equal to the monthly benefit you were receiving when you originally retired, plus an additional monthly benefit for the service earned during your reemployment, and paid in accordance with the annuity option originally elected.

Non-Benefit Eligible Position
You may work for a department in a non-benefit eligible position.  Working in a non-benefit eligible position does not have any impact on your eligibility to continue receiving retirement benefits.  You do not earn creditable service for each employment.