Yes, but post-retirement employment with the state of Rhode Island, Rhode Island public schools, or any Rhode Island municipality participating in MERS is subject to numerous restrictions in accordance with Rhode Island General Laws. Generally, employment may begin no earlier than 45 calendar days after an employee retirees, and a retiree cannot go back to work for the state of Rhode Island without suspension of his or her pension benefit.

No additional contributions will be taken and no additional service credits will be granted for post-retirement employment.

Employers are legally obligated to report post-retirement employment information to the retirement system and should do so through the employer portal. Before hiring a retired member, always confirm that the employee has contacted our office for approval.

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