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Employing a DRS Retiree


Post-retirement Employment Limits for DRS Plan Retirees

State law limits the number of hours during a calendar year that a retiree from a Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) plan can work in a state government or state higher education job before the employee's pension payments are suspended for the remainder of the year. For more information about post-retirement employment, see the DRS website.

Retirees are solely responsible for tracking the hours they work and determining the effect on their pension payments if they work beyond their post-retirement employment limit.

Policy Statement

It is University policy to comply with Washington State law governing the reemployment of Department of Retirement System (DRS) retirees, and to require that all DRS retirees seeking UW employment follow the normal job application and referral procedures. It is a violation of state law and UW policy for there to be any pre-retirement oral or written agreement between individuals of a DRS plan (PERS, TRS, SERS, LEOFF, or WSPRS) and any state employer which results in the individual being hired into a UW position. Violation of the law results in nullification of the individual's retirement. Criminal and monetary penalties may also apply.

Employing a DRS Retiree

DRS retirees may apply for any open position at the UW. Employing units are not required to obtain approval to hire a DRS retiree. Departments follow normal hiring practices for the type of position available.


Hiring a DRS Retiree

Follow normal UW employment processes when recruiting to fill a classified or professional staff position. If the candidate to whom you wish to extend an employment offer is a DRS retiree, you are required to complete the following forms and send them your employment specialist:

Hiring a DRS Retiree into a Temporary Appointment

DRS plan retirees may be appointed to hourly/temporary positions by following the normal temporary employment process.

This page explains retiree reemployment requirement and is provided to assist you in understanding the rules that apply to the post-retirement employment of DRS plan retirees. However, if there is any discrepancy between this information and the current DRS rules, the DRS rules will prevail.

Rehire a Retiree

Reminder: All new appointments, including temporary appointments, must be entered into the UW payroll system on or before their first day of employment.