5001 Policy – Hiring of Retired School Employees

Bellingham Public Schools will recruit, select and employ the best-qualified individuals as employees. The district may employ persons retired from the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), the School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) or the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). A retired employee will only be hired pursuant to this district policy.

All retirees of TRS, SERS or PERS may work eight hundred sixty-seven (867) hours per year while receiving retirement benefits. The annual limit for TRS Plan 1 retirees is calculated per fiscal year. All other plans are calculated per calendar year. Qualified hours are determined by whether the retiree works in an eligible position as defined by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS).

District Responsibilities

The district will abide by the following process when considering a retiree for employment:

A. Applicant(s) will be evaluated and considered equally, selecting the candidate who best meets the needs of the district;

B. There will be no prearranged employment agreement or commitment to rehire an employee after retirement. Mere inquiries about post-retirement employment do not constitute an agreement;

C. The district will provide the retiree with the same terms and conditions of employment as other appointees or employees in comparable positions with the exception of sick-leave cash-out; and

D. The district will report the number of hours worked by the retiree to DRS.

Retired Employee Responsibilities

The following conditions of employment will apply to retirees that are re-employed:

A. Retired applicants will disclose to the district whether they are retired from a Washington state retirement plan.

B.  Retirees are subject to the same collective bargaining membership as other one-year temporary employees.

C.  Retirees are responsible for tracking service hours during post-retirement employment among multiple employers.


Approved By: Greg Baker
Signature Date: 14/09/2015
Adopted: 02/13/03
Revised: 08/25/15
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 41.32  Teachers’ Retirement

RCW 41.40  Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, August 2011

Policy News, June 2007 Revisions to Retire/Rehire Law