Working After Retirement

When members retire and receive a ServiceEarly Service or Vested Deferred Retirement pension from NHRS, any compensation they earn from employment in a position that is not an NHRS-covered position will not affect their pension. Note: Disability Retirement benefits may be subject to gainful occupation offsets regardless of where the retiree works.

If retirees return to work in a full-time, NHRS-covered position with a participating employer, they will be restored to NHRS active service.

State law sets an annual limit on the amount of hours a retiree may work "part-time" for an NHRS participating employer. A retiree who exceeds the limit on hours worked in a calendar year will forfeit the state annuity portion of his or her retirement allowance, and any allocable cost of living adjustments, for 12 months. New retirees must also wait 28 days from their effective date of retirement before commencing part-time employment with a participating employer. For more information, see FAQ on Part-time Employment of NHRS Retirees.

It is important that retirees contact NHRS to become fully aware of any possible impact on their pension before accepting any employment with an NHRS participating employer or to learn more about gainful occupation offsets to Disability Retirement benefits.