As a Massachusetts Public Employment Retiree, there are some restrictions on post-retirement employment for any and all Massachusetts Public Employees (including all cities, towns, public schools, fire / water or health districts, housing authorities, state agencies, state colleges and universities). Restrictions also apply to federal grant funded positions with a Massachusetts Public Employer.
Public sector employment for retirees is limited to both aggregated hours and earnings per calendar year. Hours of compensated work are limited to an aggregate of 960 hours per calendar year. Earnings are limited to the difference between your retirement allowance and the compensation paid for the position you retired from. (For example, if the position you retired from currently pays $30,000 and your retirement allowance is $20,000, you are limited to the difference - $10,000 of earnings - from public sector employment is what you can earn per calendar year). The rationale: as a public sector retiree, you cannot be compensated (from public funds) more than you would have received had you continued working in the position from which you retired. You must cease all public employment when either limit is reached. If you exceed either limitation, you will be subject to reimbursement of all compensation in excess of limits or you must waive receipt of your retirement allowance for the period of re-employment with any public sector employer.
- For regular Superannuation Retirees, retirement employment in the private sector is not subject to restrictions.
- For all Disability Retirees, all post-retirement earnings including private-sector earnings, are subject to restrictions.