Working After Retirement, Employers.

There are some things to know before you punch back in.

Older woman who is working at a desk, she is working after retirement

Important Factors

  • No earnings limit or exemptions
  • Only 2 employers rates: First $25,000 (increases to $40,000 as of 7/1/2024) regular rate | Over $25,000 (increases to $40,000 as of 7/1/2024) 30%*
  • Longer waiting period if retire before age 62
  • Clarification on sub teacher rule
  • Clarification on third-party and independent contractor rules
  • No more contributions on non-covered positions
  • Penalties for prearrangements
  • Enroll and report wages on the retirees you hire*
  • Retirees don't pay contributions

*The rate change to 30% starts with the first pay period after the employee reaches $25,000 (increases to $40,000 as of 7/1/2024)

Waiting Period

Age at Retirement Waiting Period
Under 62 180 Days
62 or Over 60 days

Details for Employers & Employees

No Prearrangement

KPERS members and employers are not allowed to arrange a return to work, either before retirement or during the waiting period after retirement. Both sides must also certify to this. See the employer manual for details, including penalties.

When hiring (members)

Members will sign a statement on their Application for Retirement Benefits, certifying they haven't arranged to come back to work.

When hiring (employers)

Employers will complete the Employer Certification of No Prearranged Employment (KPERS-15RE), certifying there was not prearrangement to return to work.

The Only Positions You Don't Enroll

  • Election poll workers
  • Sub teachers without a contract
  • Positions covered by KBOR Mandatory Retirement Plan
  • Legislative staff
  • Third-party & independent contractors (check out this flyer for more info)

Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)

KPERS retirees working in positions covered by the Board of Regents Retirement Plan are exempt from KPERS working-after-retirement rules. Prearrangement and waiting-period rules still apply.

KPERS retirees working for a KBOR employer in a position not covered by the KBOR Retirement Plan follow all KPERS working-after-retirement rules.

KP&F Retirees

KP&F retirees returning to work in a KPERS position become active KPERS members. Enroll them as a new member in KPERS (plan 1). They are under the rules for no pre-arrangement and have a 30-day waiting period.

KP&F retirees have an earnings limit of $25,000 ($40,000 as of July 1, 2024). See the KP&F Employers Manual for more info.