Working After Retirement

Return to Work Retirees

Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) rules regarding employment after retirement are complex.  Return to work TRS retirees should be careful to take the necessary full calendar month break in service and not work beyond the maximum hours allowed by TRS in order to avoid a loss of TRS annuity payments or retirement benefits.  It is the employee’s responsibility to monitor their work load each month to avoid forfeiting their TRS monthly annuity.

In compliance with TRS rules on employment after retirement for employees who retired after January 1, 2011, Austin Community College District (ACC) reports all hours worked each month (not LEH).  To calculate hours worked for adjuncts, ACC multiplies “contact hours” per course by two.  Employees who teach and also work hourly, ACC combines the contact hours per course (x2) and the actual hours worked.  In accordance with ACC rules, hourly employees who do not teach can work no more than 19 hours per week.  Additional restrictions apply to working retirees who substitute during any month in which they are doing other work for the college.

A TRS retiree who plans to return to work in Texas public education after retirement, should carefully review all requirements that apply to avoid revoking their eligibility for retirement or lose monthly annuity payments for work that exceeds the allowable limits.  These employees should contact TRS directly with any questions or if they are unsure how re-employment with a TRS agency will affect their retirement or monthly annuity payments.

Special Note About Online and Hybrid Courses

If you are teaching an online class for students who will receive college credit for the class or a hybrid class that is part online and part classroom instruction, each hour of college or semester credit given for the class will count as two hours worked in a week. For example, if you are teaching a three-hour online class, then each hour of credit counts as two clock hours of time worked in a week. In this example, the three credit hours counts as working six hours in a week (3 semester hours X 2 clock hours = 6 clock hours each week). To determine the number of hours that you are considered to have worked each day, divide the six hours for the week by five workdays in a week. In this instance, the three hour online or hybrid class counts as working 1.2 hours each day (6 hours per week ÷ 5 workdays in a week = 1.2 hours per Monday through Friday). As long as you do not exceed the equivalent of four clock hours for each workday in that calendar month, you will not forfeit the annuity for that month.

TRS retirees should review the following information:

Please review the number of hours available for retiree work at one-half time or less.

FY 2020 Monthly TRS Limits on Employment After Retirement

August 2019 22 88


September 2019 21 84


October 2019 23 92 11
November 2019 21 84 10
December 2019 22 88 11
January 2020 23 92 11
February 2020 20 80 10
March 2020 22 88 11
April 2020 22 88 11
May 2020 21 84 10
June 2020 22 88 11
July 2020 23 92 11
August 2020 21 84 10

You can find more information on TRS Retirees page