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I retired on July 15, 2021, and am being asked to help my former school district out. I know there are some restrictions about returning to work. What do I need to know?

Ask the CEO | January 19, 2022

On January 11, 2022, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-3-22 that applies to retired CalSTRS members interested in returning to work in a K-12 school district, county office of education or charter school. In short, this Executive Order suspends the CalSTRS annual postretirement earnings limit and suspends the separation-from-service requirement for retired members who have attained the normal retirement age at the time the compensation was earned for the timeframe of July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022. Keep in mind that many postretirement requirements and limitations remain in effect.

Below is a list of the provisions included in Executive Order N-3-22, which are effective immediately and apply to all compensation earned for the performance of retired member activities:

  • The annual postretirement earnings limit is suspended from July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022. Any retired CalSTRS member, regardless of age, can perform retired member activities and be compensated for that service without impact to their retirement benefit. Other postretirement requirements remain in effect. Only compensation earned from April 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022 will be considered for this annual limit.
  • The 180-calendar day separation-from-service requirement is suspended for retired CalSTRS members who have attained normal retirement age (age 60 for CalSTRS 2% at 60 members and age 62 for CalSTRS 2% at 62 members) for the period of July 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022. A retired CalSTRS member who has attained normal retirement age can be hired to perform retired member activities and earn compensation for that service immediately after retirement with no impact to their retirement benefit.
  • There is no exemption to the separation-from-service requirement for a retired CalSTRS member who has not attained normal retirement age.
  • All other CalSTRS postretirement requirements and limitations remain in effect.  Please see the Working After Retirement publication for more information about these requirements.

It’s important to note that the provisions of Executive Order N-3-22 will expire April 1, 2022, and revert to the provisions of Executive Order N-12-21, if applicable.

If you have any questions about how returning to the classroom may impact your retirement, please call Customer Service at 800-228-5453 to speak with a Contact Center Agent.