State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio

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Reemployed Retirees

1. Who is a reemployed retiree?

 

A reemployed retiree is anyone receiving a retirement benefit from an Ohio public retirement system, an alternative retirement plan (ARP) or the City of Cincinnati Retirement System who has returned to Ohio public employment. Retirees of federal, out-of-state or private employment who are working with an Ohio public employer are not considered reemployed retirees.

2. What are the restrictions for an STRS Ohio retiree who wants to return to teaching?

 

  • A retiree cannot work with any public employer for the first two months following his or her effective retirement date.
  • After the first two months of retirement, a retiree can be reemployed and work an unlimited number of days in an STRS Ohio-covered position.
  • Retirees employed at the time of retirement in positions with more than one employer covered by STRS Ohio, OPERS and SERS, who retire from the highest paying position, may continue to work with no waiting period in one or all of the lower paying, or secondary, positions provided they have earned compensation in the secondary position for 12 consecutive months prior to and in the month of retirement. Position is defined as all employment with a single employer. The retiree must wait two months before returning to any other public employment.
  • STRS Ohio members receiving disability retirement or disability allowance benefits also are ineligible for reemployment in an STRS Ohio-covered position.

3. What happens if a retiree violates the reemployment restrictions?

 

Violations of the two-month restriction will result in loss of retirement benefits for the months of violation. In addition, contributions made during the two-month waiting period are not eligible for matching funds or interest.

4. Are there any situations in which a retiree may return to work immediately after retirement without penalty?

 

Yes. If a member is employed at the time of retirement in positions with more than one employer covered by STRS Ohio, OPERS and SERS, the member may retire from the highest paying position and continue to work with no waiting period in one or all of the lower paying, or secondary, positions provided they have earned compensation in the secondary position for 12 consecutive months prior to and in the month of retirement. Position is defined as all employment with a single employer. However, the retiree must wait two months before returning to any other public employment.

5. Can a member volunteer during the two-month wait period without penalty?

 

A retiree cannot continue in the same position held at the time of retirement as a non-paid volunteer during the first two months of retirement. Any retiree doing so will be in violation of the waiting period and will forfeit monthly benefits for any month in which the violation occurs. For additional clarification on specific situations involving volunteer work during the two-month period after retirement, please contact our Member Services Center toll-free at 888‑227‑7877.

6. What is the employer's responsibility when hiring a retiree?

 

Employers are required to notify STRS Ohio within 10 days of employing a retiree. Reemployed retiree notification is completed by using one of the following methods:

  • Online via ESS or
  • Secure file upload.

Employers who fail to notify STRS Ohio are responsible for any overpayment of benefits as a result of reemploying a retiree.

7. Are reemployed retirees eligible to participate in the Defined Contribution Plan or the Combined Plan?

 

No. A reemployed retiree is not eligible to contribute to STRS Ohio as a member with an option to select the Defined Contribution Plan or the Combined Plan. The reemployed retiree's contributions accumulate in an account that is separate from the retiree's original member account.

8. Since the first of the month is the only day a member can retire, when can they return as a reemployed retiree without being penalized?

 

If the member wants to return to employment, they must wait at least two months before returning without violating the reemployment restrictions. For example, if the member's retirement date is June 1, he or she is eligible to become reemployed without penalty Aug. 1 or after.

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