I was told upon retirement that I could not substitute teach until 180 days after retirement. Does the 180 days start when I last taught, when I was last paid by my school district, when I retired, or some other date?

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The 180 days begin with the date of your most recent retirement from CalSTRS, as indicated on your retirement application.

New requirements regarding the separation from service, or zero dollar earnings limit, are a result of pension legislation under AB 340 or the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) passed by the Legislature and approved by Governor Brown in September of 2012. These changes took effect on January 1, 2013, and apply to all members who retire on or after January 1, 2013, regardless of your age, for the first 180 days of your most recent retirement, or essentially the first six months following your most recent retirement.