Showing posts with label part-time positions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label part-time positions. Show all posts

Part-Time Employment

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My initial State employment was as a part time employee. Do any of those years count towards my years of service when calculating my retirement options?
No, most likely not. The position must be “benefit-eligible”. Part-time positions are usually not benefit-eligible so that service likely does not count for retirement purposes. You will receive service credit only for periods that your employer reports you worked in a benefit-eligible position and for which they made employer contributions to MOSERS.

A position is benefit-eligible if it meets these two criteria:

1. The position must be in the nature of an ongoing (a multi-year position including a position covered by a contract) or permanent position.
2. The position must normally require the performance of duties of not less than 1,040 hours per year.

If the position meets both requirements, the position is eligible for MOSERS benefits. If not, the position is not eligible for MOSERS benefits. You may contact a MOSERS benefit counselor and they can tell you what service we have on record for you and provide you with benefit estimates.

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Part-Time Employment & Reemployment

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We received two similar questions about part-time work and reemployment, and below are our answers to both:

How does switching to part time impact my retirement?
How many hours per month can I work without jeopardizing my retirement benefits?
Temporary and part-time positions are not usually benefit-eligible, and are not generally counted as service credit for retirement purposes. You will only receive service credit for periods that your employer reports you worked in a benefit-eligible position.

A position is benefit-eligible if it meets these two criteria:
  1. The position must be in the nature of an ongoing (a multi-year position including a position covered by a contract) or permanent position. 
  2. The position must normally require the performance of duties of not less than 1,040 hours per year. 
If the position meets both requirements, the position is eligible for MOSERS benefits. If not, the position is not eligible for MOSERS benefits.

If you are already retired and return to work in a part-time position, which is ongoing or permanent and normally requires the person to work 1,040 or more hours per year, the position should be reported by your employer as benefit-eligible and MOSERS will stop your retirement benefit. In other words, you would be considered a benefit-eligible employee once again and the retirement benefit would stop for as long as you  continue to work in such a position.

Returning to work in a “position” that is not benefit-eligible will not cause your MOSERS retirement benefit to stop.

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BackDROP and part-time employment

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Need to know how BackDROP accrues if you go part-time after your 4th year of BackDROP.
BackDROP is available for members who work at least two years beyond their normal retirement date in a benefit eligibly position. As long as your position is still a benefit eligible position covered by MOSERS, your BackDROP will not be affected. 
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Reemployment After Retirement and Your Pension

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A coworker retiree tells me that he is allowed to work only a certain number of hours per year (50%) because if he works more, his pension will stop. Please clarify.
If you retire and later return to work for the state of Missouri, in a benefit-eligible position covered by MOSERS, your retirement benefit will be stopped. Your employer determines if you are working in a benefit-eligible position.

A benefit-eligible position is one that is permanent and normally requires the performance of duties during not less than 1,040 hours per year. If you return to work for the state in a benefit-eligible position:
  • Your monthly retirement benefit from MOSERS stops for ANY month which you are actively employed in that position.

  • You will accrue additional service credit for periods of reemployment greater than 12 months.
When you retire again, your benefit will be equal to the monthly benefit you were receiving PLUS an additional monthly benefit for the service earned during reemployment periods of 12 months or more.

Working for the state in a position that is not deemed benefit-eligible does not have any impact on your eligibility to continue receiving a retirement benefit. You may work in that position and receive a retirement benefit from MOSERS. 

If you have a question about whether or not a position will affect your retirement benefit we advise you to check with your employer.

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Retiree Working Multiple Part-Time Positions

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Section 104.380 allows a department to employ a retiree in a position so long as the position the retiree is employed in is a non-benefit eligible position (less than 1040 hours per year). Since the 1040 hour requirement is for the position, could a retiree occupy two non-benefit eligible positions for a single department and work more than 1039 hours per year so long as the retiree does not work more than 1039 hours in any given non-benefit eligible position?
No. In the situation you described, the law requires that the employer combine the service rendered in determining whether or not the retiree has again become an “employee” and thus eligible to receive benefits. For example, if a retiree held two positions in an agency, each requiring 600 hours of service in a year, the retiree would have 1,200 hours of service in the aggregate which, of course, would exceed the 1,040 hour limitation. Print Friendly and PDF