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Can I work after I retire?

Service retirees who retired before 1/1/2011 no longer have limitations on working in public education after retirement. This means that these retirees will not be subject to forfeiting their monthly TRS annuity payment. Basically, they have replaced January 1, 2001, with January 1, 2011.
 

Retirees who retired after 1/1/2011 will lose their monthly annuity if:
  1. Work greater than half-time without a 12 consecutive month break in service.
  2. Work more than half the number of work days in the calendar month when combining substitute and half-time employment in the same calendar month.
  3. Work full-time (greater than half-time) without a 12 consecutive month break in service.

NOTE: A TRS member must still have a one month break in service following the date of retirement before beginning employment after retirement.

Disability retirees, regardless of retirement date, continue to be limited to 90 days of work either as a substitute or on a one-half time basis or may substitute and work half-time in the same calendar month for no more than half the number of work days in the calendar month. They also have the opportunity to work full-time for three months. This is a one-time exception. The disability retiree will be returned to active status if they work full-time past the three month exception.
 
All full-time exceptions are GONE. The six-month, Acute Shortage Area, Principal/Assistant Principal, Bus Driver, and Nursing Faculty Exceptions no longer exist.

 
Retirees who retired after 1/1/2011 may work under the following conditions without loss of their TRS monthly annuity:
  1. Substitute - taking the place of a current employee
  2. Half-time or less - working 50% of less in each calendar month of what is required of a full-time employee.
  3. Substitute and half-time in the same calendar month for no more than half the number of work days in the calendar month.
  4. Full-time (anything more than halftime) - with a 12 consecutive month break in service (since the date of retirement) the retiree will not forfeit annuity payments, while working full-time, in any calendar month
NOTE: The 12 consecutive month break in service can be acquired anytime after the date of retirement. It does not have to be immediately following their retirement date.

 
The Pension Surcharge and the TRS-Care surcharges are applicable to any retiree who retired after 9/1/2005 and meets membership eligibility.