Separation From Service Requirement for New Retirees Waived During State of Emergency

Jul 22, 2020
  • COVID-19
  • Retirees
  • Employers

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2020
Contact: [email protected]
 
CONCORD, NH – The statute governing the New Hampshire Retirement System, RSA 100-A, contains several provisions governing part-time, post-retirement employment of retirees by NHRS-participating employers.

Governor Sununu issued an executive order effective April 24, 2020, that waived the 28-day separation from service for new retirees for the duration of the current state of emergency and any subsequent extensions.

RSA 100-A: 1, XXXIV, states that "no retired member shall be employed on a part-time basis by any participating employer for a period of 28 days from the member's effective date of retirement."  The “effective date of retirement” is always the first day of a month (e.g. April 1, May 1, etc.).

The waiver allows new retirees effective May 1, 2020, to commence part-time employment with NHRS-participating employers immediately upon retirement with no waiting period. 

Once the state of emergency is lifted, the 28-day separation requirement will be reinstated for those members who retire on or after that date.

See Emergency Order #35: https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-35.pdf

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NHRS provides retirement, disability, and death benefits to its eligible members and their beneficiaries. The State of New Hampshire and more than 460 local government employers participate in NHRS for their employees, teachers, firefighters, and police officers. NHRS has approximately 48,000 active members and 38,000 benefit recipients. NHRS administers a defined benefit plan qualified as a tax-exempt entity under sections 401(a) and 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.