Many Sonoma County retirees are uniquely qualified to step right in to Extra Help positions with little or no training, bringing valuable knowledge and experience. Departments frequently ask if retirees are interested in working vacation and leave coverage relief, part-time hours, and specific projects. Retiree Extra Help employment must begin no later than five (5) years after the retirement date and Sonoma County retirees may be re-employed as Extra Help in the same class, a previously held class, or a lower level class in the same series.
Government Code 7522.56 does limit retiree Extra Help to working 960 hours per fiscal year and prohibits the County of Sonoma from hiring retirees as Extra Help if, during the 12-month period prior to the appointment, the retiree received unemployment insurance payments arising out of prior County of Sonoma employment. Additionally, Retirement legislation (PEPRA) created strict requirements as to when individuals can return to work after retirement and there are IRS Internal Revenue Code requirements and other legislation which impact retirees’ eligibility and ability to work as retiree Extra Help employees. There are serious consequences if you fail to have a bona fide break in service. For a more complete summary explanation that includes those consequences, review SCERA’s, Working After Retirement, webpage and download the Separation from Service Following Retirement Summary.
Departments are responsible for hiring retirees appropriately, the requirements of which are detailed in the Retiree Extra Help Certification of Compliance Form and is intended to help ensure departments hire retiree Extra Help employees appropriately.
The compliance form must be completed, reviewed, and approved prior to the individual’s start date. These forms may be needed for future State and Federal audit purposes and may be requested by Human Resources when approving/advising on current or prospective retiree Extra Help employees.
Directions on how to complete and retain this step-by-step form are detailed on the form.
Retiree Extra Help Compliance Form
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