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Bill Detail: HB20-1127

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Title Extend Public Employees' Retirement Association Retiree Work After Retirement Limit
Status Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/12/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 01/15/2020

Current law allows a service retiree of any division of the public
employees' retirement association (PERA) to work for a PERA employer

for limited periods and to receive a salary without reduction in benefits
under certain circumstances. Boards of cooperative services (BOCES)
provide special education services to the school districts they serve.
Almost all of these school districts are in rural parts of the state and it is
difficult for BOCES to find qualified people to serve as special service
providers in these areas. BOCES could address this issue by hiring
service retirees, but PERA's employment-after-retirement provisions,
including the limitation on the number of days in a calendar year that a
service retiree may work for a PERA employer without a reduction in
benefits, make it difficult to do so.
The bill modifies the current PERA employment-after-retirement
provisions for certain retirees hired by a BOCES if:
  • The BOCES hires the service retiree to provide services in
2 or more rural school districts as determined by the
department of education based on the geographic size of
the school district and the distance of the school district
from the nearest large, urbanized area;
  • The BOCES hires the service retiree for the purpose of
providing special services to students enrolled by the
districts served by the BOCES; and
  • The BOCES determines that there is a critical shortage of
special service providers and that the service retiree has
specific experience, skills, or qualifications that would
benefit the districts that the BOCES serves.
A service retiree who is a special service provider and who is hired
by a BOCES may receive salary without a reduction in benefits for any
length of employment in a calendar year if the service retiree has not
worked for any PERA employer during the month of the effective date of
The bill requires a BOCES that hires the service retiree to provide
full payment of all PERA employer contributions, disbursements, and
working retiree contributions. In addition, the BOCES is required to pay
an additional amount equal to 2% of the retiree's salary to PERA.
A service retiree may not receive salary without reduction in
benefits and without limitation in a calendar year for more than 5
consecutive years, and all BOCES combined are prohibited from hiring
more than a total of 40 people over 5 years pursuant to the extension in
PERA's employment-after-retirement limitations.
PERA is required to submit a report to the general assembly
regarding specified aspects of the extension of PERA's
employment-after-retirement limitations.

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