Pension Amendment to benefit health care workers

An amendment was adopted on the Senate Floor this week to allow retired health care workers who return to help with the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to receive their full pension. If a health care worker has not been employed in public service for 30 days and is rehired by a public employer as a health care worker, the monthly amount of their retirement annuity will not be reduced.

This provision is intended to remove any disincentive for retired employees to return to work to help with the anticipated surge of patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The provision was unanimously supported in the Senate and expires on December 31 of the year the peacetime emergency concludes. (SF 2939)