Governor Relaxes Post-Retirement Employment Rules During Pandemic


On March 4, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently issued Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-35-20 to ensure adequate staffing in state and local government to respond to the emergency. 

The Executive Orders suspend state laws that require a 180-day sit-out period for new retirees before returning to work and the 960-hour annual limit on work hours for retirees who are serving their former employers.

SCERS has notified participating employers that it is complying with the Executive Orders to waive the “retired annuitant” restrictions.  Please note that the rules are relaxed only for retired SCERS members who are helping a SCERS employer alleviate staffing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.  See letter to employers here.

Retired members who have questions about their eligibility for a waiver should contact their employer.