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

Disability Retirement benefits may be subject to gainful occupation offsets regardless of where the retirees work.

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.

Legislation enacted in 2011 and revised in 2012 defines "part-time" employment for NHRS retirees in receipt of a pension who are working for an NHRS participating employer:

RSA 100-A:1, XXXIV. “Part-time,” for purposes of employment of a retired member of the New Hampshire retirement system but excepting per diem court security officers and court bailiffs, means employment during a calendar year by one or more employers of the retired member which shall not exceed 32 hours in each normal calendar week. Employment in some instances may exceed 32 hours in any normal calendar week provided that in such case, the part-time employment of the retired member shall not exceed 1,300 hours in a calendar year, so long as such part-time employment does not occur outside of a 5-consecutive-month period in any 12-month period. 

Legislation enacted in 2014 created a specific exemption from the 32-hour weekly limit for retirees who had not yet exceeded 1,300 hours worked in a calendar year:

100-A:7-b Certain Part-Time Employment; Emergency Exception. – The hourly limitations on part-time employment as defined in RSA 100-A:1, XXXIV shall be modified for retired members who exceed the 32-hour limit while providing assistance during an emergency under this section. While providing assistance during an emergency under this section, a retired member may exceed the 32-hour limit in a calendar week provided that the member has not exceeded 1300 hours in the current calendar year. For purposes of this section, an emergency includes any event declared by the governor or while working under the direction of the director of the division of forests and lands during woodland fire control.

For more information on this topic, see FAQ on Part-time Employment of NHRS Retirees.