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Notice of Records Request
Retirees Working in PERS-Covered Positions

An Oregonian newspaper reporter made a public records request for information on Tier One, Tier Two, and Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) Pension Program retired members who worked for PERS employers after retirement during any of the past three years.

We provided the information to the Oregonian on February 6, 2012.
The Oregonian's request is for:

  • Name,
  • Monthly PERS benefit amount as of October 1, 2011,
  • Number of hours worked in a PERS-covered position in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and
  • A list of all employers for which the benefit recipient worked in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Tier One or Tier Two retired members are generally allowed under statute to work less than 1,040 hours per calendar year for a PERS-covered employer, with some exceptions that allow the member to exceed that limit (view a list of the exceptions). Tier One/Tier Two retirees who have reached full retirement age under Social Security can work an unlimited number of hours for a PERS employer. Full retirement age under Social Security varies by birth date.

OPSRP Pension Program benefit recipients can work up to 600 hours annually for a PERS-covered employer without affecting their benefit. Once they exceed that limit, their benefit stops. There are no exceptions to allow an OPSRP retired member to exceed the limit.