KPERS Earnings Limit
As a KPERS member, you have a $20,000-per-year earnings limit if:
- You retired on or after July 1, 1988, and
- You go to work for an employer you worked for during your last two years of KPERS participation. The State of Kansas is considered one employer.
New rules start July 1, 2016
KP&F Earning Limit
As a KP&F member, you have a $15,000-per-year earnings limit if:
- You retired on or after July 1, 1994, and
- You go to work for an employer you worked for during your last two years of KP&F participation.
How the Limit Works
If you reach the earnings limit, you have two choices.
Choice #1: End employment for the rest of the calendar year. Continue to receive your retirement benefits.
Choice #2: Continue working and your retirement benefits will stop for the rest of the calendar year. Benefits will begin again in January the following year or if you end employment, whichever happens first.
Exceptions to the Earning Limit:
Some licensed nurses, legislative positions, and licensed school personnel may be exempt. Please see your designated agent.Back to Top
Waiting Period (KPERS, Correctional KPERS and KP&F)
Kansas law requires a 60-day waiting period for retiring KPERS members and a 30-day waiting period for retiring KP&F members before returning to work for any Retirement System employer. Your retirement date is not your last day at your employer. It is usually the first day of the month following your last day on payroll. To calculate the waiting period, count the day after your retirement date as day one.
KPERS 60-Day Example
If your retirement date is July 1, July 2 is day one and you cannot begin employment with any Retirement System employer until September 1.
KP&F 30-Day Example
If your retirement date is July 1, July 2 is day one and you cannot begin employment with any Retirement System employer until August 1.
Judges do not have waiting period before they can return to work. District magistrate judges cannot return to work
in Senior Judges Service. Other retired judges have three options for returning to judicial service.
- You may enter into a two-year contract to return to temporary judicial duties for up to 104 days a year at 25 percent of your current salary. This agreement may be renewed for up to 12 years. You will continue to receive your retirement benefit, but you will not be an active, contributing member of the Retirement System for Judges.
- You may accept assignments from the Kansas Supreme Court to perform judicial services. You are paid on
a daily basis (per diem) and also receive compensation for subsistence, mileage and expenses. There is an annual earnings limit on per diem compensation. You will continue receiving your retirement benefit, but you will not be an active, contributing member of the Retirement System.
- If you are elected again or appointed as a judge, your retirement benefits will stop. You will resume active membership and earn additional service credit. When you retire again, your retirement benefit is recalculated.