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Working After Retirement

Some members may seek employment after retirement. If you are drawing SDRS retirement benefits and are contemplating returning to SDRS-covered employment, it is important to contact SDRS prior to accepting any position to determine if your retirement benefit will be affected.

Reemployment with a Non-SDRS Employer
If you return to work for an employer that is not covered by SDRS, there will be no change in your SDRS benefit.

Reemployment with an SDRS Employer: Part-TIme/Non-Benefited Status
If you return to work for an SDRS employer in a position that is part-time (less than 20 hours per week) and/or non-benefited, there will be no change in your SDRS benefit.

Reemployment with an SDRS Employer: Permanent/Full-Time Status
If you return to work for an SDRS employer in a permanent, full-time position, you must first be retired at least three consecutive months. Returning to work prior to meeting this requirement will result in your retirement status being revoked and you will be required to repay all retirement benefits paid to you, plus interest.

South Dakota Codified Law requires employers to certify the date the employee's employment is or will be severed and that no agreement exists to allow the employee to return to service.

For additional information regarding work after retirement: Returning to Work Guide