Joint Finance Committee Votes to Reduce Number of Hours Faculty Can Work as Rehired Annuitants

The Joint Finance Committee voted today to modify a previously-approved proposal that limits how much a rehired annuitant can work post-retirement.

The committee approved a measure that would limit the number of hours faculty and academic staff can work as a rehired annuitant to 1,044 hours. Public school teachers and administrators are also affected. Last week, the committee approved a limit of 1,392 hours for all rehired annuitants, roughly the two-thirds full-time threshold supported by Governor Scott Walker.

Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren (R-Marinette) said the exemption of university faculty and staff and public school teachers and administrators was intended to treat all public employees equally, saying many educators work just nine months of the year. The Department of Employee Trust Funds was also authorized to develop rules to reflect a two-thirds full-time threshold for personnel working more than a 9-month appointment or school year.