1.After retirement, will working outside of an MercedCERA
participating employer affect my retirement?
No. Post-retirement employment outside the framework of
MercedCERA participating employers will not affect payment of
your retirement allowance.
2. Can I return to work for an MercedCERA participating employer
after I retire?
If you wish to work for any of the MercedCERA participating
employers after you retire, you cannot be paid for your work
unless you are working in the following capacity:
– As an election officer
– As a field deputy for registration of voters
– As an independent contractor
– As a juror
– As a member of the Board of Retirement
Or in a position that requires special knowledge and skills that
you have. Please note that if you retire on a disability you
cannot return to work for an MercedCERA participant employer
under any condition except a juror, unless sections 31725.65 or
31730 apply. Contact MercedCERA for more information.
3.How many hours am I allowed to work if I choose to return to
a MercedCERA participating employer in the above positions?
You cannot be paid for more than 120 working days or 960 hours
(whichever is greater) per fiscal year for any post-retirement
work you do for an MercedCERA participating employer.
4.Can I return to work as a full time or variable shift employee?
No. If you return to work as a permanent or variable shift
employee you must notify our office as soon as possible. We will
stop your retirement and it will not be reinstated until after
you retire for the second time. You will be liable for any
retirement benefits that were paid to you during re-employment
(full time or variable shift), so it is critical that you notify
our office if you return to a MercedCERA participating
employer as a permanent employee.
5.Do I have to notify MercedCERA if my beneficiary predeceases me
even if they are not going to receive a continuance after my
Yes, you must notify MercedCERA if your beneficiary passes away
regardless of the option you choose.
6.I’m retired. When will I get the information I need from
MercedCERA to file my taxes?
MercedCERA mails a Form 1099-R to all retirees, survivors, and
beneficiaries each year by the end of January. The Form 1099-R
reports all the income you received from MercedCERA during the
7.How long do I have to wait after retirement before returning to
work for an MercedCERA participating employer in the acceptable
Please refer to our Returning to Work After Retirement